I’ve always loved the process of setting goals. It’s why I’m constantly doing so. In the past, my goal-setting M.O. has been to set long-term yearly goals and short-term monthly goals. But I’ve been toying with the idea of setting quarterly goals and doing away with yearly and monthly goals.
Yearly goals are fun because it’s always exciting to envision what I want out of the year and to set goals to make it happen. But I usually wind up looking at my list of goals three or six months later and thinking, Why did I want these goals in the first place?
Monthly goals allow for this constant refreshing of goals and envisioning all I want to get out of the month ahead. But then I feel so much pressure to achieve the goals and become disappointed in myself when I don’t put in the work.
So, for now, I am going to set quarterly goals. If I like this process, then I’ll keep setting quarterly goals. If not, no biggie. It’s just an experiment.
So, with all that said, here are the goals I want to achieve in the third quarter of 2016:
1) Write at least 20,000 words in my novel.
I’m trying to write 500 words a day, which means, ideally, I’d be able to write 45,000 words in three months. But I also know myself very well and I know that I don’t want to write myself into a hole if there are days (or weeks…) when writing falls to the wayside due to life and other projects. So, I am committing to 20,000 words, which is a little less than 1,700 words per week (or three days a week of writing 500-ish words). That feels completely doable!
2) Start a freelancing side hustle.
I have put this goal on the back burner for too damn long. I want to freelance. I know I have the skills and the experience to build a solid side business through my writing. I just haven’t put in the effort. A few weekends ago, I added a “Work With Me” page on my blog and pulled together some of my writing samples. And last weekend, I began to apply for freelance writing gigs and gathered a list of websites to pitch to. I’m so ready for this. (And I’d love to chat with anybody looking for a freelance writer! Please send me an email and let’s talk!)
3) Have a smooth, seamless move into my new home.
My move will take place in September, and I am not looking forward to it! Ha. The packing, the unpacking, the physical act of moving from one apartment to another, the buying of new things… it can be so overwhelming and stressful. I just want to move to go smoothly and easily – and that my anxiety remains relatively at bay as I settled into my new home.
4) Take a social media/blogging sabbatical in September.
I like to take one month off social media and blogging every year, and I’ve decided to make that month September this year, since that month will be crazy. And I’m worried about my anxiety levels because moving usually wreaks havoc with them, so I figure that forcing myself away from being online will help me focus solely on the present moment.
5) Lose 10 lbs.
I continuously have a goal to lose weight, and maybe I shouldn’t. Maybe I should focus more on building healthier habits, less on a result of weight loss. And yet… I like to set these weight loss goals for myself, even if I rarely achieve them. Health-wise, I need to lose weight. I really want to lose 30-40 lbs to be at a place where I feel good about myself and happy with my reflection. I want that for myself. I deserve that. It all starts with those first 10 lbs.
6) Find a new primary care doctor and dentist.
Oof… it’s been a while since I’ve had a regular doctor and dentist. I’m putting this on my list to hopefully inspire me to finally knock these tasks out. Adulting… not always my strong suit!
What’s something you’d like to accomplish over the next three months?