Goal Setting and Overachieving

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I’m not sure about you all, but I was definitely an overachieving student in high school. You know the type: honor classes, multiple after-school clubs, student government involvement, sports, work, volunteering, etc. My 17-year-old self was very proud of her resume.

Now that I’m an adult, a wife and a mother, planning and overachieving is a laughable idea. Futile at best. Most parenting days feels like pushing the proverbial rock (for example: encouraging eating vegetables) up the steepest mountain (a stubborn and vocal pre-schooler). Yet, if since I want to take my professional writing life to the next level, I need to have a game plan. I need to resort to my overachieving ways and start laying out the next 3 months, 1 year and 3 years. If order to do so, I’ve created wishlists for these three time periods and then worked through what needs to be done for each goal.

The Passion Planner was something that I have been looking at for a while, so I scooped up their 2016 version during their Get One, Give One Kickstarter. Giving back and getting my life in order? Sounds perfect. The Passion Planner encourages writing things down on paper which makes the goals more tangible and free thinking and using a form of mind mapping.

So far, my 3 month plan includes finishing another manuscript of mine (and having my second baby!) which I broke down into timely steps: finish first draft, do one round of self-edits/rewrites, send to betas, do another round of self-edits/rewrites and either submit for publication or move forward with self-publishing. My 1 year plan includes self-publishing a novel length work since I’ve already decided that I would love to be a hybrid or indie author. My mind map includes all necessary steps for that process. My 3 year plan includes 5 books and boosting an author brand. Hey, dream big!

What are you goals for the next 3 months, 1 year and 3 years? What does it look like when you finally get your sh*t together (as the kids say nowadays)? What are you favorite goal management or task management tools and systems? Hit me with them! I’m in a full-blown organize and nest mind set and I’m looking forward to all we can accomplish in the upcoming year!

Danielle Donaldson writes from Southern California where she lives with her husband, a tornado of a toddler and her sassy chihuahua. She spends her sparse free time scribbling down words like a madwoman. Check her out on the web at WriterDanielleDonaldson.com or on Twitter @WriterDonaldson.
Danielle Donaldson writes from Southern California where she lives with her husband, a tornado of a toddler and her sassy chihuahua. She spends her sparse free time scribbling down words like a madwoman. Check her out on the web at WriterDanielleDonaldson.com or on Twitter @WriterDonaldson.

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