Love-Hate Relationships and Goal Setting
In early December and through January, I start thinking about my goals for the year. Not just as New Year’s resolutions, but also because my birthday is in December -- and damn it, each time I get another year older. (If anyone has a way to stop that, email me directly...)
Now that I’m published, my goals changed a bit. I had to add a ton to my list of ‘Things to Accomplish’ this year. Yikes.
I’m also closer to getting my degree. Finally.
The thing about getting a Bachelors in Teaching is, at least in my state, it requires a 9 week stunt as a full-time student teacher. Of course, I don’t get paid, in fact, it costs me a pretty penny.
So, in late fall 2011, I’ll be blocking out 2 months for that.
Uh, oh. Now I’m down to ten months. Eek.
I have contracts for three books (Jan, Mar, May), but two are written, so only one to go.
I have stories to write, some to revise. I need to submit them, do edits, etc.
But this year, I also need to add the whole marketing/promotion angle -- of which I’m not very good at.
The thing is, my goals are kind of like my outlines. I use them as a road map, but they change and evolve as the year goes by. I find them useful for the few times I find myself wondering ‘What do I do now?’
Then there’s the Hate part.
Goals, as well as outlines, can be daunting, intimidating -- glaring at me through the dark with their red-rimmed evil eyes...
There’s so much to still be done.
That idea sucks, what was I thinking?
I can’t possibly do all that...
Then, there comes the time when I panic.
OMG, I’m so far behind.
Eventually, I either make it back on track or revise my goals to be achievable once more.
What’s your relationship like with goals? Do you set goals for the New Year or not?