Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Time Management Tuesday: Goals And Objectives For 2024

 I am such a fan of goals and objectives, that I'm putting off taking down my Christmas tree to create this year's. As always, remember that goals are what we want to do. Objectives are the individual steps we take to complete our goals. The words are not synonymous, though I know at least one person who believes they are. I'm not mentioning any names, but he knows who he is.

Goal 1. Adult Essays, Short Stories, and Humor


  • Complete a rough draft of something every week.
  • Submit something somewhere every month.
  • Increase my reading of short form work and journals that publish them.
  • Spend more time with essay writing Facebook group.
  • Research changing membership at Medium and perhaps change it.
  • Take short-form writing workshops

Goal 2. Submit 143 Canterbury Road to agents


  • Continue researching agents.
  • Write a submission letter.
  • Make submissions.

Goal 3. Community Building/General Marketing/Branding


  • Update the short-form writing links on website.
  • Provide social media support for other writers.
  • Attend virtual events for other writers.
  • Be more organized about marketing own short-form work.
  • Continue Original Content and promote posts.

Goal 4. 19th Century Novel, which is totally just for fun


  • Research the fun stuff
  • Organize research of fun stuff
  • Blueprint some fun parts
  • Write bits and pieces, if they're fun
  • Read more historical fiction and nonfiction

Note that I only have three real goals this year. That doesn't mean I plan to do less writing. It means that I plan to do more of certain types of writing by not spreading myself as thin.


Ms. Yingling said...

Whew! That seems like a lot of things to do, but I love that you have goals and objectives. So many of my students don't have anything that they want to accomplish at all, which is so weird to me. I haven't really thought through what I'm doing other than reading all the books. Again. I'll have to think about it on my walk in to work tomorrow. Have a happy new year, and good luck on getting things done!

Gail Gauthier said...

To be honest, I didn't know what goals and objectives were when I was your students' age. My impression is that a lot of adults don't know.