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2007 had its highs and lows as far as accomplishments went. I made some goals and stuck with very few of them.

are were:

¯   Finish, polish, and send out The Traveler's Daughter;
-- finished and polished it and for that I'm happy and proud
¯   Polish and send out To Be Undone (My 2006 NaNo project); -- finished draft two, but it is still far from polished and
     ready to see the world.
¯    Finish, as much as depends on me, my collaborative effort, Fravenmist; -- utter failure on this one. I think I wrote 1K
¯   Write and submit three new short stories; -- nada, nothing, zip, zilch
¯    Submit already-completed stories. -- see above. I did print five of them out and got some ideas for improving them,
      but I didn't send anything out.

In life, I want(ed) a few things, too. Well, more than a few, but only a few are were within my control and reach.

Those are

*      Stay organized. Go with the flow, but stay productive; -- I actually did okay (for me) with this one.
*      Get healthier. Some things I can't cure, but others can be improved by taking better care of myself;
-- I did much better with this, too, and only fell off the wagon when I didn't have a buddy, meaning the
         summer months while N was back in Spain.
*      Pay more attention to and cultivate my spiritual life;  -- *sigh* failure, I'm afraid
*      Do at least three paintings from original ideas. --*sighsiiiiiigh* I did have the ideas, but I messed up,
        if you want to call it that, by not following through and doing them right away. I took art lessons, so that
        is a positive. Not positive enough though.

However, I'm not giving up and want to accord goal setting another try. What I learned from last year's experience--and by participating in communities like [info]novel_in_90--is that I need to take the time to break my big goals into daily, weekly, and monthly segments so that I get the rush of accomplishment all year long.

My goals can be divided into three categories: writing, arts, and personal enrichment. Without going into the monthly breakdown, here are the biggies:


:    Draft The Bitter River (I'm looking to have 100K by March 31st, but I'm not strict with it)
:    Rework To Be Undone and share with betas
:  Write a screenplay during ScriptFrenzy (April)
š   Send  The Traveler’s Daughter to 20 agents
š   Send out 5 short stories to 3 markets each

N     Do one sketch per week. Of anything. 
N     Do those dratted three paintings from last year.
N     Do at least one watercolour per month in the style of my default icon with Mayotte as a theme.
@    Take action (attend markets, talk to shopowners...) to make an effort to sell my jewelry.
@    Make at least two lamps/lighting fixtures. 


Personal Enrichment
†    Health
   ä    Eat less refined flour
   J    Swim once a week
   ã    Develop better sleeping habits
   ¯    Dance four times a week (I have my three classes, but I ordered some bellydance DVDs, 
                          and after they arrive, I want to work on technique an additional day/wk.)

    (   Do yoga everyday
    (   Ride my bike to dance classes
H    Keep my house tidy
Practise the harmonica for 30 minutes, twice a week 
&  And Get a library card and read three books in French
)  Finally...*gulp*... learn Spanish 


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm tired just reading the list!

Seriously, though, I see what you're getting at with this and with a monthly plan. It's easy to make yourself a big list and think that's enough - it never is. The monthly plan is definitely the way to go.

Give yourself some wiggle room, though. And don't beat yourself up so much - you deserve credit for everything you've accomplished this year!
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm tired just reading the list!

It's strange, but that seems to be the unanimous reaction to my list!
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
I hate goals -- they always make what you actually accomplish seem less important. That said, I do think you did pretty well for the year -- you should be proud!
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I am proud in many ways, especially of getting TTD polished and getting two drafts of TBU finished. Not negligible.
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Just remember that you might need to revise those goals every quarter or so. :)

Good luck!

Dec. 31st, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
*nods* I'm all for revising. That wouldn't bother me a bit. What would bother me is forgetting my goals! That's pretty much what happened in 2007.
Dec. 31st, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
I abjure goal-setting on principal. To trot out an old truism, life is a journey, not a destination. But you know, they don't get to be truisms unless they're usually true.

Happy New Year, and Excelsior!
Jan. 1st, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, too!
I hear you about goal-setting. However, I'm such an indisciplined person that I will spend the journey in one place if I don't take care to make sure I'm steadily putting one foot in front of the other in the direction of my choosing.
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