We are halfway through 2017! As longtime readers know, I make quarterly goals each year. I aim to set a major goal each quarter in each of three life categories: career, relationships, self. I find that quarterly goals work better than New Year’s resolutions because you can do many things, while still focusing on one goal at a time. In any case, here’s how I did on the first two quarters, with a look ahead to see if the goals I set for the last two quarters are feasible.
Career: Write 50% of Off the Clock (my next book) — Done. The manuscript is written, I’m polishing now.
Relationships: Plan a fun summer for the kids with camps. — Done, or at least as done as this will ever be. We have had some hits and misses but we have some good ones coming up too.
Self: Do speed work on the treadmill at least once a week (defined as 6 intervals >9.0 mph). — Not done, but mostly because I decided to change my goal to consistency. I ran at least a mile a day during all of Q1 (and Q2, etc.)
Career: Finish first draft of Off the Clock — Done.
Relationships: Take a family spring break trip. — Done. We went to Hawaii, which was actually reasonably relaxing since we left the 2-year-old at home.
Self: Run 21.7 miles per week (averaging a 5k a day) — Done! My average for Q2 was just slightly over 3.1 miles/day.
Now, looking forward…
Career: Read a book a week. — As I have already finished 80 books in 2017, I am pretty sure this will happen. My goal in particular was to read more fiction, since writers should be readers, and I have definitely done so. (Have you looked at my reading guide yet?)
Relationships: Do mommy days with each of the older 3 kids. — Done! I did 2 of the 3 in Q2, but it still counts.
Self: Use my time in the car better, listening to podcasts, TED talks, classical music. — Still a work in progress. Since the other goals for this quarter are in the bag, I’d better focus my attention on this one.
Career: Either revise the novel (again!) or start over during NaNoWriMo. — Planning to revise the novel, but we shall see. I’m not dealing with the novel until my edits on Off the Clock are done.
Relationships: Do another overnight date night with my husband. — Potentially we will do this in late August to time it with our anniversary. In progress.
Self: Make a list of things that need to be replaced, and do so, rather than continuing to work on an office chair draped in a blanket that’s covering the giant hole in the seat. — Well, I’m still sitting on the blanket. Guess I have my work cut out for me in Q4!
How about you? If you made New Year’s resolutions, or quarterly goals, how are you doing on them? Are you halfway done? Or have you designated times in the latter half of the year to accomplish them?
In other news: I have an on-sale date for Off the Clock: May 29, 2018. Mark your calendars 🙂