Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their meme, Top Ten Tuesday.
I’ve been doing a lot of goal planning this year, and I have even been creating an organized planner for all of my goals. This year, I am determined to reach my goals. I say that every year, but I feel really good about this year, and I think my goals are manageable. To ensure that I reach them, I did these three things:
- I wrote my goals down. Writing goals down makes you more likely to reach them because by writing a goal down, you are committing yourself to it. It’s no longer some vague thought wandering around in your brain.
- I broke my larger goals down into smaller weekly and monthly goals. Breaking down goals into smaller goals helps to make achieving the larger goal more manageable and less overwhelming, which is a recipe for success.
- I created sheets in my planner to keep me accountable. Every week and every month, I plan to check in with myself, and write down how I did in working towards my goals in that week or month. Once again, writing these reflections down solidifies them in my mind.
Now, here are some of those goals-at least the ones in the reading, writing and blogging categories.
1. Read 100 books. Oh boy. I don’t even know what I’m getting myself into. I think I can do it, but school usually manages to sweep all of my time away. I have the summer to catch up, though, so I’m hoping that I can achieve this.
2. Make a dent in my Reading Through the Classics challenge list. I actually edited my list to remove the books that I’ve already read, so my list is now more like a Reading Through the New-to-Me Classics challenge.
3. Expand the extent of the genres I read. There are so many different types of books out there, and I would like to try to read some different books that I don’t usually read. Specifically, I would like to read more epic fantasy. I used to not like fantasy except if it was old fantasy like LOTR and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien or The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. And then I read Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and decided I need more epic fantasy.
4. Finish drafting and revising three WIPs. I’m not completely sure which ones I’ll be drafting/revising, but I know for sure that I will be revising my first draft of Illusions. I will also finish drafting Until You Lose It, but I’m not quite sure that I’ll also revise it. I might put that on hold to draft and revise a new WIP or two. I have tons of ideas including a historical fiction mystery, an epic fantasy, and two nonfiction ideas.
5. Write at least one short story or poem every month. I really want to get back into writing and completely editing some shorter works of writing.
6. Do some more writing for magazines and contests. There are three ways that a writer can improve his/her writing. 1)By writing. 2) By reading. 3) By submitting his/her writing. I hope to get past my fears this year and submit my writing. Huzzah!
7. Blog more consistently by actually scheduling posts in advance. I’m working on this, and I’m sure it will take practice to be able to regularly keep up the consistent posts, but I have a plan.
8. Learn how to take better photographs for my blog. I really appreciate a good quality photo, and I hope that I can learn how to take beautiful photos for my own blog. I guess the only way to achieve this is through practice.
9. Improve my web design and HTML skills. Web design plays a major role in deciding the success and appeal of a blog, so I want to learn how better to design my blog, as well as implement the designs of which I dream by coding in HTML.
10. Refocus my blog. This is a big goal. I have so many hobbies, but I think it would be better if I focused on one particular hobby on this blog, instead of all of them. In the new year, I want to make this blog mainly a book blog. I’ll still talk a little bit about my progress with my writing, too, because that still involves books and reading, but my main focus will be on the actual reading of books. That means that you can look forward to book reviews, bookish discussions and author interviews. Plus, a new bookish feature that will probably launch in February.