Last December I wrote a post with my quarterly goals for 2015. While New Year’s resolutions are grand, I thought that quarterly goals might provide a better sense of pacing through the year. I’d know when to focus on what.
Since December is whirling by, I thought I’d look back on how I did. What did I do, what did I not do that I wanted to, and what did I not do that I didn’t want to do? Yes, you can consciously uncouple from a goal. It’s OK.
2015 Q1: Personal: welcome baby! Work: Sell enough copies of the novel to earn back the investment in editors and production. Also, get I Know How She Does It (or whatever the title winds up being) into the advance copies stage.
The baby did indeed arrive on January 15. He was welcomed! The novel has sold a reasonable amount of copies. It didn’t earn back the investment in Q1, but I’ll give it a longer time horizon. (Have you purchased your copy of The Cortlandt Boys yet? I promise it’s a good read!) I Know How She Does It did get into the advance stages, as it came out June 9.
2015 Q2: Personal: take a vacation over spring break. Yes, even though we’ll have an 11-week-old baby. Sign up for voice lessons. Work: launch I Know How She Does It.
The only thing of this that happened was that I launched I Know How She Does It. Three members of my family took a skiing vacation over spring break, but I was not one of them. The 11-week old baby thing kind of took the wind out of my sails. I think I could have anticipated that. Also, I did not sign up for voice lessons. I didn’t want to add something else to my life. However, I did move up the half marathon goal from Q3/Q4 to Q2, and ran one in mid-June.
2015 Q3: Personal: train for a fall half-marathon. Take a summer family vacation. Work: Come up with an idea for my next non-fiction book, and turn in the proposal.
See above on the half-marathon. We did take two summer family vacations, to the Jersey shore and also to the Indiana Dunes (and then a late bonus summer vacation to Disney World). I have yet to come up with an idea for my next book, let alone write a proposal. This is starting to bug me, as I’d really like a new project. I’m happiest when I’m working on a big project and I feel kind of adrift without one.
2015 Q4: Personal: run a half marathon, and figure out a chorus to join in 2016. Work: finish the draft of my next novel (I may do a modified version of NaNoWriMo again to do this).
I ran two half marathons during Q4 -- go me! I have not figured out a chorus to join. It’s the same issue as the voice lessons. I love music, and I will welcome it back into my life eventually. Right now, I’m enjoying singing heartily in church. I did do NaNoWriMo, though, and finished a 50,000 word draft of a novel called Juliet’s School for the Domestic Arts. It's a really, really crappy novel, but I’ll put revising that on the list of quarterly goals for 2016.
How did you do on your goals for 2015?
Photo: Various quarterly goals -- baby, book, half-marathon.