I’ve been thinking about goals again. Several years ago I wrote, on the old site, an article called Setting Goals for Your Writing Business with a subtitle of Plan To Prosper. There is statement that there are two kinds of writing goals – one for your writing business and one for your writing. Nothing wrong with that approach but it’s limited.
I’m not even sure the term goals is a good one; I’m still using it, but I’m really working to broaden my definitions. I’ve gone back to an underlying Vision that I work at using to inform all my decisions. In my case its: To Be Of Service And Have Fun.
It’s actually a statement that’s been in my life for years one way or another and my life works better when I sort of keep it in mind. My hunch is we all have a Vision or statement that’s short and easy to remember, and if you aren’t aware of yours I suggest you find it.
What’s working for me these days is to set goals in three categories. I call them:
- Living well
Income goals includes any source of income – I have a subsection for clients and another for my blogs. Every client has their own subsection so I can spell out what needs to be done step-by-step. The same thing is true for my blogs.
My writing goals show up when their tied to income. Which is why clients and blogging gets scheduled here. Other writing I mean to earn money also goes here. The truth is almost all my writing these days is generated to create income. I’ve also set an annual amount as a goal and divided that by 12 to give me my monthly income goal amounts.
In my life living well includes everything from making sure I celebrate birthdays to exercise. Some of the entries are stand-alones like exercise three times a week – they goal is to do it. Others, like weight loss, are measurable in a more concrete source. This is also where I set goals for vacations and other self-care items, including time not writing. My pottery goes here and will unless it becomes a money maker for me – it could, but that’s not why I do it.
Here is where I set up times to meditate and keep track of my income and expense. For me that’s become a spiritual practice.Certain kinds of community service go here, although other kinds show up under living well.
Spiritual stuff is important to me which is why it has its own category. If it’s not important to you, substitute something else of stick with two.
I’ve found that my goals make more sense when I include my whole life, not just the writing part of it. Three major categories is what works for me. More and I get confused; fewer and not everything gets covered.
I’m now noodling last year’s goals and thinking how I want to frame next year’s. Many will be the same, but there are going to be some changes – there always are.
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