For the past several years I’ve made writing goals, which have led to varying degrees of success, but most of all have given me something to work towards. You can read my 2015 goals here, and my 2016 goals here.
For the last two years, I have started to make a list of actionable goals I want to accomplish throughout the years. I have found such success in my personal goal making, that last year, I decided to make writing goals for 2015.
During these last few days of December before the New Year, I like to reflect on those goals, and what I accomplished in 2015. Assessing what worked and what didn’t work helps me to formulate new goals for 2016, and to move forward with actionable goals.
For many years I truly hated setting goals. I didn’t understand how to do it properly, so I would end up with nebulous ideas of things I wanted to accomplish, without knowing how to go about it. In the end, I would never accomplish anything, and then I would feel like a failure.
But in the last few years I have come to truly enjoy making goals; so much so that I make yearly, monthly and even weekly goals! I think the difference has come from setting up actionable steps to accomplish those goals, and then checking in every month, to see that I’m on track to fulfill what I set out to do. As the New Year approaches, I have taken some time to make some writing specific goals for 2015, and I’m writing a blog post about it, so that I have a sense of accountability towards those goals: