Posted by: Cathy | April 4, 2018

Q2 mini-goal: What do you want to create?

I like to do my annual planning quarter by quarter. This way, I can make course-corrections as the year progresses and not feel behind on my overall goals.

For example, I wanted to finish a first draft of my novel by March 31, but then I got sick with a cold for two weeks starting March 3 and didn’t have the energy or mental space to do much writing all month. Rather than feeling discouraged for not meeting that goal, I can recalibrate and set a new goal for the second quarter, April through June. I still feel disappointment at not meeting the original goal, but this gives me a fresh start and I can focus on what I can do today and tomorrow and not what I didn’t do yesterday. It also reminds me to factor in some contingency for my goal planning; sometimes you just get sick for two weeks and can’t do anything!

Then for the new quarter mini-goal, I’ve got about 26k words to go to finish the first draft; another third or so of the book to write. So, I’m making up FiNoWriMo (Finish my Novel Writing Month) for April. My goal is to write about 1,600 words every weekday. Then in May, I can begin revising it.

So, looking forward for the next three months, what is a mini-goal you want to set for yourself? It can be a subset of a larger goal, or it can be a stand-alone goal. Try to focus on only 3-5 mini-goals at a time, one for each priority area of your life for the year. For example, you might have a fitness mini-goal, a creativity mini-goal, and an education mini-goal.

What do you want to create for yourself in Q2?

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