Right this very moment I am procrastinating on my workout (I am a master of procrastinating everything friends, not just my writing…) Therefore, right this very second felt like the perfect time to sit my a$$ down and decide on my 3 main December goals. I SHOULD have done this way sooner than the day before December 1, but let’s be real, life is messy and I have been drowning in tasks and feeling wildly overwhelmed (pandemic, teaching full-time, owning a very small business, etc. etc.)
I did, however, figure it would be fun if we set our goals together 🙂 I am all about 1. goals, 2. tracking, and then 3. DOING, because I know that we will rarely end up anywhere if we don’t know where we want to go. One of my favorite quotes about roadmaps and life says,
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
So stop wishing for it and start WORKING for it.
To work toward my larger dream of eventually getting published, my 3 main December goals are:
- Write 1,000 words daily (or a minimum of 7,000 words per week)
- Finish draft #1 of the YA novel I am currently writing (so far I have roughly 63,000 words and about 130 pages — ish)
- To lose 5 pounds. Yup, not ALL my goals are writing related and if I am being honest, between online teaching and an increase in writing, my aforementioned a$$ really needs some work these days.
What I’ll do to get there
In order to reach my 3 main goals I will:
- Get up at 5am on Zoom days and 4am on in-school days and write at least 1 hour daily, even on days I am mother freaking exhausted #noexcuses #writeordie
- I will write extra on weekends
- I will workout at least 4 times a week but will aim for 6.
What I will avoid to reach my goals
Ugh! I wish I could reach my goals and NOT give anything up, but again, you need to SACRIFICE in order to get anywhere in life. I used to teach a modern speech unit and I always should Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture” because I LOVED it. He had so many beautiful quotes, but this is my favorite and I use it all the time when talking to students about overcoming difficulties:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”Randy Pausch
In order to overcome some of my challenges I will give up:
- Netflix (it’s been two days and I miss you already…)
- Wine (it’s been 3 days, 7 hours, 2 minutes, and 37 seconds and I miss you more than anything in this world… write me?)
- Turning off my 4 a.m. alarm at 3:59 a.m. and going back to sleep/ procrastinating on getting up in the mornings/reading email in the mornings/checking awesome Amazon deals in the morning and just writing.
1 Year Goal = 100 Queries
That being said, in one year’s time (December 2021) I want to have sent out at least 100 query letters. This is a crazy, wild, HUGE goal for me since in my many years on this planet I have only had the guts to send out three query letters total. Not 3 a month, not 3 a year, just three. Pathetic, I know. Even worse, the stories I chose to send were BAD. Like really, really bad.
If you only send out your worst and get rejected, then you didn’t really get rejected, did you? I have some messed up thinking when it comes to rejection I guess. By the end of December 2021, I’d also like to get one “Yes!” from a publisher or agent. While I can’t control if an agent or publishing house accepts my work, I know, at the end of the day, that it’ll never be a possibility if I don’t put myself out there.
Share your goals with me!
I’d love to hear your goals for December as well as your big, scary 1-year goal as well. We are coming up to January so New Year’s resolutions need to be prepped for, planned for, and at the ready come December 31.
Thanks for reading,
Just the world’s BIGGEST procrastinator when it comes to my writing. I have lived in such crippling fear of not getting published (fear of rejection anyone?) that I was too afraid to even pick up a pen. How dumb is that? This is my attempt to write — no matter how it all shakes down. P.S. I also learned that if I didn’t write, it would destroy me one piece of my soul at a time.