OK folks, break will soon be over, the next ROW80 starts October the 1st. Time to think about setting some long term goals and specific objectives.
Last session I had some general goals and a long list of SMART objectives. I did realize that I could not meet every objective every day, so used them as a target, a reminder of areas to not forget about. I think I did well with that approach, but would like to change my focus a bit.
I believe that if you want to 'be' something, then 'be' it. If you want to be a writer, then be a writer, act like one. Write, edit, imagine, explore, read, learn, publish - just be a writer for a while, every day, and voila, you'll look back and be amazed. I have found that, being self-employed, I have the choice to avoid schedules and fixed tasks, or to impose some structure on myself. I've been choosing the former, and having fun - except when I agonize over my lack of progress on writerly things. All to say, I think it will help if I start the day with time for those writerly things, like writing and editing. I'm sure things like reading fiction and commenting on Facebook posts will find a way to sneak in just fine later in the day.
My long term goal is to be more of a writer and author. I am a writer now, and have published one (1) Flash Fiction so far, but I want to continue to develop my skills as a writer, and publish more. Another goal is to stay healthy - physically and mentally. And a third is to keep on top of chores - cleaning, laundry, bills. etc.