This year has been fun, right?
Today I'm talking about my goals for 2020. I'm recapping quarter one and quarter two of this year while also reviewing what I hope to accomplish in quarter three.
I'm a big proponent of quarterly goals, and I am at my most productive when I work in three-month chunks at a time.
The end of quarter one led into a lockdown period because of the pandemic. I didn't even attempt to put down any goals for quarter two of this year. I was completely paralyzed with my writing. I had a lot of introspection about everything going on. I ended up taking those promotional plans that I thankfully prepared in quarter one.
Overall, quarter two was hard. It was so hard for me to do much other than worry. Then I had the guilt, you know, that guilt I'm talking about. Going on the internet, checking social media. Some people felt they had all the time in the world, and they were able to be so productive because they were home all the time. But this was so much different than that. At least it was for me, this wasn't like taking a vacation or going on a writing retreat where that's literally all I could focus on. We could not even leave our house for anything. If you're like me and went through all of this or still going through this. I just want to say that it's okay. At some point, you will get back to normal or you may discover a new normal in your life.
One simple thing that helped me out was getting my thoughts all in one place. I started a new planning process. I found that having all my thoughts down; things I wanted to do, even if I wasn't doing them. It was just me being able to sort of brain dump all of my information in my mind about what I wanted to do onto paper so that I didn't worry about forgetting it.
That process of organizing my thoughts helped. I've realized that this summer and probably most of the year is pretty much canceled in terms of getting things done. And if I didn't adjust myself, then I knew I wouldn't accomplish any goals for this year. And that I think would have bummed me out when it came to reflecting next year on 2020.
My goals for quarter three are not as robust as they usually are. And that's also because I have two secret projects that are in the works and the dates for those projects are a little bit up in the air right now. I didn't want to plan it for quarter three then maybe I don't need to start until quarter four. I left them off the list for now. Of course, I'll update you when I can. Also, if I suddenly have the opportunity to do more, I will, but if I don't have to, I won't.
I don't have a huge list, and that's okay with me. The most important thing is that I'm excited to be in the writing trenches right now. At the end of last year, I was getting burnt out with my ghostwriting and my contracted projects. So, I'm just so excited that I gave myself space and the ability to write what I want to write and when I want to write it.
Let me know what you're planning to accomplish this quarter in the comments below.
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