Setting My Goals for 2017

Setting My Goals for 2017

2017goalsThere is a lot that is going to happen in 2017.  At the center of all of it is the publication of Modern Persuasion.  I have already been neck deep in the process of getting ready for the publication, but everything is going to change once it’s published.  Because of bullet journaling, I have been far more focused on goal setting for the year.

I have been splitting the goals into different sections, but the main goal of the year is one word: connection.  I want to connect with people through the next year.  So, what are the goals?  Let’s take a look…

Health goals

Health is probably the set of goals that have the least to do with the idea of connection. I have set just a couple of goals, because I am trying to find ways to set actual metrics that are realistic.  There is one goal I want to share with you and I have put it into my bullet journal to track.  The goal: Bike 300 miles on the stationary bike.

Why?  The bikes at my gym have a game element.  You have about 6 different collection games where you spend 5 minutes collecting coins and dragons to accumulate points.  The more points you accumulate, the more levels you unlock.  I am obsessed with the games and typically get in about 3 miles or more in each time I play.

Why do the goal this way?  So, the logic is that I have to bike 6 miles every week to reach this goal.  This means I have to go to the gym enough to get in the 6 miles.  Instead of trying to go to the gym a certain number of times a week, I am tapping into my obsession to see how that impacts my health.

Blogging Goals

I am not doing National Blog Posting Month again.  I have done and completed it twice.  Clearly, content is not my issue.  My issue is focus and… connecting.  Yes, I struggle maintaining readers, reaching new readers, and interacting with readers.  For the past 18 months I have managed consistency and ideas.  This year I have 3 blog related goals:

  1. Increase number of people who follow the blog to 100 (stretch goal is 500 and 1,000).
  2. Increase number of people who subscribe to my newsletter to 100
  3. Find the right focus for the blog

Why do the goals this way?  A quantitative goal is an easy metric.  I can break it up into smaller amounts and test theories on what works and what doesn’t.  While everyone who follows the blog or subscribe to the newsletter doesn’t mean repeat visitors, I can compare to the blog stats to compare.  In the future I will share the spreads related to all of this in the blog BuJo.  These may be the most decorative I ever get.

Publishing Goals

How do you define success as a published author?  Is it in the number of books sold?  Is it in income?  What, other than the New York Times Bestseller List, defines a bestseller?  I am really struggling with meaningful metrics for the book.  I suspect, since Modern Persuasion is the first, the metrics will really come into play with my future books.  Modern Persuasion will be the baseline for comparison.  Still, I have one metric right now: sell 100 copies (with 200, 300, and 500 as stretch goals).

Why do it this way?  Sales are going to be the easiest way to track popularity of a book.  I have no idea what to expect, but it has been suggested that most authors never sell more than 100 copies.  Is this true?  I don’t know, but it gives me a metric to play with.  I do have a sales spread in the journal to track sales.  Again, I can compare advertising campaigns with sale numbers over different months.

Fun Goals

As per usual, I always have knitting and reading goals:

  1. Clear out my knitting queue on Ravelry
  2. Get my yarn stash down by half
  3. Read 130 books
  4. Visit somewhere new: Los Angeles or Montreal

Why do it this way?  The knitting and yarn related goals have been there for years and are never reached.  The reason they stay there is more to prompt movement toward the goal.  As a result of these goals, I often go to that queue and select from that yarn before I find and buy new.  The reading goal is always there as well.  I don’t need it, but it’s part of the reading challenges.  Visiting somewhere new is a new goal.  With all the traveling I am doing, I realized I am primarily going places I have been before.  I like seeing new places.  This year it was San Diego and I had to think about where it will be next year.  It also happens that these two cities would be trips that are not confirmed just yet.

So, those are my 9 goals for the year of 2017.  What about you?  What are your goals for the year?  Let me know in the comments!
Also, happy new year!  I hope 2017 is a great year for everyone!

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