Small Goals | May 2017

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Small Goals

April was a hard month for me. Some reasons are legitimate; some are just excuses.

For May, I needed a way to refocus myself in my work and my goals, and I realized the somewhat obvious solution was that I actually needed to have goals again. Sure, I’ve got my goals for the year, but I need to break them down further to be both mindful of what I want and gentle on myself as I take the steps to get there.

In a fit of inspiration gleaned from the myriad small goals posts out there each month (my favorites being Kay’s, Nicole’s, and Mia’s), I’m writing up my own. Maybe I’ll do them every month, maybe I won’t. But I needed them for May, so here we go.

Send out three writing submissions. / I mentioned this in my April recap, as well, but I wanted to expand on it a little bit. I’m excellent at self publishing my work. I have number of outlets for doing so, but I almost never submit my writing for publication by other people. In fact, I don’t think I’ve had anything published in at least a year. While I don’t need someone else to say, “Yes, this writing is good and we want to publish it for you,” it also doesn’t hurt to offer myself up in the hopes of expanding my audience to people and places that might not find me without that middle person. So in May, I would like to write and send out three submissions–three separate submissions or one submission to three places, either one will count.

Finish my Daria zine. / The ridiculous part about this is that my Daria zine is almost finished already. I just got stuck on it in March, then fell apart in April and lost all motivation to just wrap it up. I’d like to take May to finish the last piece or two to include and wrap up the assembly. It’s been a bummer not having anything to share after such a strong February and March and watching my Etsy sales plummet without adding anything new to my distro. My hope is that this will kick up interest again and help me start getting back on schedule with my zine goals.

Write another 3,000 words on my novel. / I haven’t worked on my novel in months, but it hasn’t been too far from my mind. When you think about something like NaNoWriMo, three thousand words doesn’t seem like much of a goal, but as I was choosing a number, I tried to keep in mind my other goals and obligations for the month and be realistic. I don’t always accomplish realism in my goals, and it’s something I’d like to start working on more to keep myself from feeling too overwhelmed by everything I want to achieve.

And that’s it. I was considering doing five, but as I mentioned, I want to keep it realistic and avoid inundating myself with too much all at once.

What are you hoping to achieve in May?

May 1, 2017
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  • Mia Moore

    I’m so glad you did a small goals post (and that I got to check out your blog!). You should definitely link up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl if you haven’t already.

    I’ve found that these posts really help me make incremental progress. Something about the public accountability, I guess!

    Your Daria zine sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait to see it!

    • Yes! Public accountability is one thing I love about these kinds of posts! I know sometimes if you talk too much about a goal or project it can keep you from actually doing it, but I think something like this can be a good way to find your focus.

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  • thetechchef

    I just got started with small goals this month. But it’s already increased my motivation. And reading everyone posts has helped too. Here’s to making May a great month!

    My first Small Goals post: http://books.thetechchef.net/introducing-small-goals/

    • I agree! I love reading everyone else’s posts. I like seeing what people deem important to their month, even the small things. 🙂

  • Kay

    Excellent goals! I’m still so excited for your Daria zine. 😀 I definitely think there is motivation in publicly sharing your goals; it often helps me keep focused. And then there are also months where I make the goals and immediately forget them. Oops! Best of luck with your goals this month!

    • Thank you! I sometimes have the same problem of making them and then forgetting about them. I keep trying to put my goals in different places as reminders: blogging them, putting them in my weekly planner, emailing them to myself. They’ve worked to varying degrees of success.

  • Harper Yi

    These are fantastic goals. I’m deeply intrigued by your Daria zine. I only watched the full series in the past year (I had missed the boat when it was airing). Good luck on your pitches!

    • Thank you! I think the Daria zine is my most important goal for the month simply because it’s the one I’m most excited about right now.

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