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ROW80-3 -Goals and Objectives

Time to think of the third ROW. Some things went well, some need some work, some objectives need to be  tweaked.

My long-term goals remain the same:

  • to become a better writer
  • to grow my community of online followers
  • to maintain my health - mental and physical

Objectives (writerly and other):

  • Write - Because I enjoy it.
    • Write new material - one draft Flash Fiction a week. 
    • Edit existing material - to send in for publication. 2h/d. I've selected one of my stories, The Ghost in the Machine. Already into the editing process.
  • Write better - Read about how to write, and get constructive feedback.
    • My main source of writing info is a series of writerly blogs. Objective  -stay current.  
    • Write regularly - set a FF challenge a week.  
    • Other - I finished MasterClass on Storytelling, by Neil Gaiman. Objective is to finish the workbooks. 
  • Publish/market  - We publish partially for the glory and bags of money, but also for the feedback and increased marketability. 
    • Amazon Marketing Services Campaigns on KDP -Some sales. Tweak once a week, trying stuff.  
    • New technique - give away print copies of Flash Fiction Stories.
    • Send in one story a week to a publication.
  • Read with purpose
    • Objective - read and review a book a week.
  • Health
    • Fitbit target Objective - 7 day average 3500.  
    • Set sleep target to 7.5 hours, starting at midnight. 
  • Stay social - That's a given, what with walking about, visits to local cafes and bars, and all my grandkids being in Ottawa. Not too much at my local. 
  • Have fun - Gaming, Netflix - both indoors. Outdoors?
    • Netflix/Amazon - <2h/d? 
    • Gaming - 8:30-10:30 schedule.   
    • Vacation - Do at least mini-trips.
  • Chores - I added this to capture bigger jobs, like gardening. 


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Eden Mabee

I like how you added your entertainment into your goals, Mike. Too rarely do we consider our comfort and joy in our day-to-day achievements... more often they are the end, as opposed to the means themselves.

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