The following are the goals I have set for myself for this next quarter of the year–three months, thirteen weeks. To see a refresh of the original goals I set at the start of 2019, and for an explanation as to why I’m moving away from them, read part one.
I made some decent progress toward my goals in the first few months of the year. But, once May hit, I started to lose steam, and I wasn’t happy with the work I was (and, mostly, wasn’t) producing. After doing some research on setting goals for a short time period, and after my friend Elaine raved to me about her BestSelf Co. planner–a planner that only spans three months, and that’s specifically for outlining and tracking on goals–I decided to try something different, and bought my own.
The planner is broken up by the goals themselves, your monthly spreads, weekly spreads, and then your daily spreads–much like how one might set up a bullet journal (which I’ve tried over and over–it’s hard enough for me to actually get the goals done without having to re-draw my spreads by hand each week; I always abandoned both the journal and my goals).
I swear this isn’t an ad–my britches aren’t big enough for that. Not to mention that I’m only a week into using this planner, so I can’t really testify yet to whether or not it’s going to work for me. But, so you can get a feel for what this really looks like, here are what some of my spreads look like:
In case you can’t read my handwriting or don’t feel like zooming in, here’s a brief outline of the new goals I’ve set for myself:
First, expand my writing portfolio. To do this, my three progress goals are (1) five new poems written, (2) three poems revised, and (3) submitted to one journal a month. The most important task I’m doing to work toward these is writing for five hours each week, and spending at least one hour a week revising.
Second, actively and appropriately use my site. My three progress goals for this one are (1) updated homepage, (2) goal updates posted weekly, and (3) run journals posted monthly. So you’ll be seeing more of these spreads as we go.
The last one, which isn’t pictured above, is to read four books–two poetry books and two fiction books. Considering I’ve already finished the first book I designated for myself (Ask Again, Yes) before the first week of the quarter was even over, I have a feeling I’m going to be adding onto this one.
You’ll notice that I haven’t included running here. It’s become apparent to me that, with everything I’m trying and want to do, running always takes top priority. I never have trouble convincing myself to run. If I had to choose between running ten miles and writing for three I’d choose the miles. Plus, I’m not trying to push myself in my running in new ways right now. Once I start training for my half marathons I’ll create a milage plan, but that’s not anything I haven’t done before, and it certainly isn’t something I need convincing or other accountability to accomplish. So, running goals are off the table for right now. I’m curious to see how my week milage changes or doesn’t as a result of that, too.
All in all, I’m really excited to keep up with this for the next twelve weeks. I have tried so many planners and planning methods over the years. Like I said, bullet journaling wasn’t for me. I’ve also always hated most planners, because they’re either too complicated in what they want you to track, or they don’t include some basic items that are a must for me (dotted lines! half-hour planning sections! daily trackers! — the SELF planner has those things). I was pleasantly surprised when this planner was structured in a way that made sense to me, and that didn’t overcomplicate trying to accomplish big things.
So, I’ll be keeping y’all posted on how this goes. Be on the lookout for Week 1’s report tomorrow, Monday, July 8.