Posted by: Cathy | July 4, 2018

Q3 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, my Q2 mini-goal was to do my FiNoWriMo (Finish my Novel Writing Month) challenge for April. My goal was to write about 1,600 words every weekday. Then in May, I wanted to begin revising it.

I was successful with this goal! I finished my first draft and hit about 80k words overall. I began revising it on May 7. I was very proud of myself for completing the first draft and I was excited to dig into the revision. I’m still working on the revision; it’s going to be a lot of work, but it’s going well. Originally, I had wanted to finish the first draft by the end of March, but it’s all good. The FiNoWriMo challenge was just what I needed to get myself back on track.

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 Q3?

For Q3, I want to enjoy my Italian vacation and then get back to my revision. I would like to have my second draft complete by the end of August so I can pass it to some “friendly readers” for feedback. Then I can brainstorm my next story in September, outline it in October, and write the first draft for National Novel Writing Month in November! So I’m already thinking into Q4 for my writing goals.

What will you focus on in Q3?

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