Hello Lovelies, and welcome back to the blog.
It’s a new quarter, which means it’s time to set some new goals, so let’s jump straight in.
Here we are back at the Kanban-style Trello Board. If you’ve been here a while, you’ll already be familiar with this, but for those that aren’t, I use Trello as a digital sort of Kanban board. I still have categories for my tasks, but I don’t use the “to do, doing, done” modifiers. They all just stay on their lists and I modify the cards within them with checklist tasks that are small and actionable. In other words, either I complete them or I don’t.
I’ve already talked about my yearly goals in another post, so let’s jump right in and you’ll see how my quarterly goals match up with the goals I set at the beginning of the year.
Writing – 68 Goals
I know I said last quarter that I should have broken this goal up only into the ones I thought I’d complete this quarter, but really, it isn’t my style. I am continuing work on my outline and will start the rewrite of the first book if I complete the outline this quarter. But look! I completed 4 of these already.
Business – 3 Goals
As with last quarter, my intention is to add one new product to my Etsy shop per month. This serves two purposes. One is that I continue to build my Etsy shop more intentionally than I have been since I started it. The other is that it forces me to get comfortable with talking about my shop and products here on the blog.
Marketing – 26 Goals
As is usual, I intend to keep up with both my blog and my podcast by posting at a rate of one blog or episode per week.
Travel, Training, Meetings – 3 Goals
My local writing group continues to hold meetings once a month and I continue to not go to them. A few days ago when I recommitted to the meetings I was sure I wanted to try a little harder to make them, but now, for all the reasons I’ve already given in previous goals posts, I really am not. I think if I don’t make a single meeting again this quarter I need to just call it quits and admit that they aren’t the writing group for me, no matter how much I want a writing group and I like them all as individuals. It’s been a solid year of missed meetings and I think by now I need to just cut my losses.
Not in this category is my state writing meeting which takes place kind of far away from me this year and happens in June. It is also hella expensive, looking to cost over $200 for (early bird) conference fees (over $300.00 if I don’t have money saved up or make a decision in the next month), plus rooms, plus gas and food. It was fun last year, but I am tentatively taking the time off from work to go.
Quarter 4 Overall – 100 Goals
Well, 100 seems like a decent number of goals to get me through the quarter. My lowest quarter ever has been something like 43% so I still have a very busy quarter ahead of me.
Things I’m Proud Of
I have a new category that I’m not setting any goals for but which I’m calling “Things I’m Proud Of” where I just stick things that I’ve accomplished that were hard and which I was particularly proud of. Already you can see I’ve switched over my Google email address and my Google Drive files which, honestly, less of a pain than I thought it would be but still took an entire night to figure out how to do. Also, I hired a freelance assistant to help mainly answer email inquiries!
- How often do you set goals and how often do you check in with them?
- How was your quarter?
- How many goals did you set and how many of them were you able to accomplish?