I admit: I’m a list-maker. No matter whether my plan for the day reaches to five things or fifty, I feel like I’ve made progress just by writing everything down.
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As you might expect, this organizational tendency extends to my writing career. Before my first historical romance was published in 2011, I made a four-month bucket list of goals and reported back on them every month. Four career goals (ranging from corralling my TBR pile to a regular word count) and four personal goals (for example, keep plants alive). Since then, my TBR pile has grown and I’ve killed a cactus. Er. Nobody’s perfect.
At the end of the year, lots of people start thinking of resolutions or goals for the coming year. As various family members gathered for the holidays, I polled them on what they wanted most for 2014.
Mr. R’s goal for the new year: “to weigh no more at the end of it than I do at the beginning of it.”
Brother R’s? “To survive.”
Little Miss R: “Coloring!”
Dad R: “To get a book published.”
Mom R: “Go to Israel. Maybe? Make two stained glass windows. Stay solvent. Figure out new insurance.”
And for me? I got a 2014 planner last month, and I'm working on filling it in. My goal is to make all my deadlines—and corral my TBR pile, and keep our plants alive.
Do you have a goal for yourself for 2014?