I don’t know what the thing is with growing older, but the years just seem to go faster and faster somehow! Or maybe it’s just that I’ve been busy and having a good time overall, which caused the illusion of time passing by at the rate it has. Anyway, it’s been a busy year and I had some great plans and set personal goals, as I’ve been doing for the past five years or so. Let’s have a look at some of them and see how well I’ve fared so far? 😉
Goal: Get “The Xoron Redemption” published and promoted, by March 2019
Nailed it! 😉 March 23rd was the birthday of my third brainchild. We promoted its release during Dutch Comic Con and organized a blogtour to go along with it. It received very good reviews from the bloggers I had picked for the tour, some of which hadn’t read any of the other books and did reviews for the entire trilogy instead! I loved it!
Goal: Read 20 books, by December 2019
I finished this one already! I’m currently reading my 22nd book for this year and at this rate, I’m thinking I’ll probably end close to 26 books, which is an average of 2 weeks per book. Not bad, right? 🙂 One of the main reasons I already finished this goal is that living with Bren has had the side-effect of me reading a lot more than I used to. Whenever I see her read I feel like snuggling up next to her with a good book.
Goal: Write at least 100 blog articles, by December 2019
I’m still going strong for this one. I’ve written 77 posts so far, including this one. That means that if I keep it up, writing three articles each week, I should be able to make it. I’ve found that writing articles for my blog has a very nice effect on staying in the writing flow for my new novel too. Although the writing style for both is quite different, of course! I think it’ll be a 95% likeliness that I’ll make this goal!
Goal: Finish plotting my new novel, by June 2019
Technically done. I know what I have to work towards, but try to keep a bit of a “free” approach, to see if I get better ideas than I had for the original plot. My story is inspired by The Big Lebowski, in the sense that the protagonist is mostly just a victim of his surroundings, but other than that it’s going to be a wacky adventure set in a fantasy world of my own making, but it will feature a lot of clichés which I’m hoping to give a new twist. 🙂
Goal: Write a journal entry every day, by December 2019
I think I managed to do this up to the end of May. In June I stopped doing daily journal entries, because I felt that I often didn’t really have anything to say. But I have started writing in my 6-minute diary every day now for slightly over a month and it’s been a wonderful thing every day. So I’ll consider this goal almost made. The reason why I wanted to do a diary in a journal was to put my thoughts on paper and to have a kick start every day by also incorporating To-Do lists. Now I spend three minutes doing the first half of my 6-minute diary and then do my To-Do list, so it’s more of a natural part of my morning ritual. I’m sure I’ll be doing this until the end of the year and beyond. So I’ll consider this goal met. We don’t have to be extremely strict always 😉
Goal: Get in better shape, by December 2019
So, I want to weigh somewhere around 70 kilos at the most. Every year this is kind of a recurring theme where I lose some weight, gain some and end up not making this goal. Bren and I are training together now, however, and that combined with moderation with what I eat will hopefully mean I’ll lose a couple of kilos. But I’m fairly sure losing almost 10 kilos in two and a half month is not very healthy, so we’ll probably just turn this one into a five year plan. 😛
Will I make it?
There’s a couple of goals left to aim for which aren’t finished, but I’m positive that I’ll manage to get most of my goals done again this year. Meanwhile I’m preparing to participate in NaNoWriMo, which is going to be a massive challenge for me. I never made it through to 50K words before, so I’m curious if I’ll make it this time. But I’m in a good writing flow, so who knows? Bren said she’ll support me the entire month too, so that’ll help too!
So, how are your goals coming along for this year? Did you set manageable goals too? If you’re thinking about setting new goals for 2020, then maybe this article can help you out.