There Are Less Than 90 Days Left in 2018. What Are You Going to do With Them?
There’s still time to achieve those forgotten New Year’s resolutions
With less than three months left in 2018, it won’t be long until we start seeing people looking ahead to 2019 and making goals for the new year. It feels like not that long ago that I was making goals for 2018.
For many of us, sticking to our New Year’s resolutions is difficult. We promise ourselves in January that we are going to start working out, only to cancel our gym membership in March. We say we are going to write more, but our new notebook soon gathers dust sitting unused on the desk, and eventually gets stuffed in a drawer.
I’m the same way. Goal-setting, in general, is not my strong suit. I get excited about whatever it is I want to accomplish, make a few plans, and then never follow through.
So I decided to look back on the goals that I wrote about at the beginning of the year and see how I am doing. Maybe this will inspire you to take a look back at your own goals for this year.
Goal 1: Finally develop a writing routine.
How I’m doing: This is a goal that I have set for myself over and over again, and I always struggle with it. I’m starting to realize that it’s not just making time for writing that is the problem, it’s sticking to a routine in general. Something about telling myself that there is a thing I have to do every single day makes me anxious. So I end up not doing it at all.
That being said, I think I have made more time for writing this year than I did last year. I am not at the point where I have a consistent routine, but I do write more regularly, and I have been challenging myself to publish my work on a more consistent schedule, both here and on my blog.
For the rest of the year, I want to continue to make time for writing and hopefully try to work out some semblance of a writing schedule, even if it’s not a strict or daily one.
Goal 2: Read at least 15 books
How I’m doing: This one I’ve actually completed. I wanted to read more this year than I did last year, and I have. My goal was 15 books, and so far I have read (or listened to on audiobook) 24. I think I am going to push myself and see if I can make it to 30 by the end of the year.
Goal 3: Build my freelancing business
How I’m doing: This one is a bit tricky. The short answer is I haven’t done much to build my business. However, this is mainly because I have become more clear on my goals, and I realized that freelancing in the traditional sense isn’t what I really want to do. At least for now.
By that I mean I’m not really interested in pitching articles to magazines or writing brochures for businesses or other types of traditional freelance writing. I like writing for my blog, and I like doing creative writing.
Maybe someday those things will pay off monetarily, but for now I think I am content with having a job that pays my bills and allows me the time to do these other things on the side. If I was constantly coming up with articles to pitch or marketing myself to clients I think I would end up burnt-out and not want to spend time doing the other types of writing I enjoy.
For the rest of the year, I am going to focus on growing my blog and writing creatively, and see where that takes me.
Goal 4: Share more of my writing
How I’m doing: This is another goal that I think I can say I have mostly accomplished. Since re-launching my blog and trying to post on here semi-regularly, I have been sharing more work than I ever have before.
I say “mostly” accomplished because this goal doesn’t have a tangible end point. There was also a period of a few months in the middle of the year where I wasn’t writing much or sharing anything. Still, I’ve shared a lot this year and I am proud of the work I have been putting out.
For the rest of the year, I want to continue writing and posting my work regularly.
These were my four big goals for the year, and on the whole I think I am doing pretty good. If you have some resolutions or goals that you made at the beginning of the year, I think now is a great time to look back and see how you are doing.
There are still nearly three months left in the year. Even if you have an old New Year’s resolution that you start working on today, you can still make a lot of progress by the end of the year.