I blinked and January is now over. It was a decently good month, no doubt. I started my new job during the second week of the month and I’m enjoying it, but man am I exhausted. I took it for granted how nice it was to have all day to write and focus on my own thing. I also miss being able to go to a bar or a coffee shop during the week day to do a bit of writing. I have a goal to do a day like that once a quarter, if not twice a quarter.
Usually at the end of a quarter (like in December), I sit down to plan out my quarter through the HB90 Method. This past round, when they did it, I was waiting to hear the call on whether or not I would get the job, and I didn’t want to plan out a whole quarter and find out my plans were going to change.So I did a half-assed version for this quarter and this last time around, I realized that I’ve done this method enough that I have a good idea of what my goals are every time around without having to watch all the videos. Which means, without even writing those goals down, I have a good idea of what I need.Goal One
Write 100,000 words between my romance pen name book and my next work in progress, The Girl in the Hay Bale.In January, I’ve written a little 33,000 words, so I am at least on target for the 100,000 words. As I adapt to my new job, I’m hoping that I can push out 40,000 words at least, in February. I’m almost done with the romance book, so I’m hoping that by this time this weekend, I can jump in head first to TGITHB and get started on that. I have a big project that I’m going to be starting in Q2, so I’d really like to have a draft of this book done before then, just to have it done and ready to review.
Grow social media and focus on building up my audience (i.e. my newsletter). Instagram goals: 800/900/1,000I’m almost to 750, so I really want to push to get to that by the end of February. I only need four or five followers on that.
Newsletter: Add a subscriber or two. It’s like I’ve been stuck in the same subscriber count for a long time now.
Focus on taking care of myself, aiming for a daily score of 75 or more. I need to actually remember to score my day every single day. Until I get into that habit, I can’t accurately figure out what my daily score is. With a new month starting, it’s always a good reminder that there can always be a fresh start. So far, I’m feeling good about the beginning of the year. It might not be the perfect start, but so far, it’s been treating me well.