Goals for 2016

I don’t imagine you give much of a damn about my resolutions for 2016. And that’s fine. But, I’m still compelled to write one of these self-indulgent posts about my plans for the coming year and all that. You might get something out of it if you are dying to find out what I’m going to write next (and/or if you are related to me) but I’m betting you’re not.

Still, if you are anything like me, you have dreams of doing better than you are right now; you want to lead a more fulfilling creative life; you are sick of what’s on telly and want to know what you can do if you turn it off. Well, I want you to think of me when you are turned off. Or something.

That is, here are a ridiculous number of new year resolutions that I’m going to attempt that are meaningful to me, and maybe you could steal, adapt or make into your own. But whatever. Here are my goals for the year that I can use to judge my success or otherwise in a year’s time. You can beat yourself up with them too on December 31st, 2016, if that’s how you roll. But here’s the plan:

Daily goals:

  1. Write 1,000 words of book copy.
  2. Edit 1,000 words of book copy.
  3. Work on plans for a future publishing project/ do some PR.
  4. Walk one hour a day.
  5. Learn one new kanji a day.

Weekly goals:

  1. Read one good book.
  2. Draw/paint one picture.
  3. Run 10km

Monthly goals:

  1. Publish one project.
  2. Write one email to newsletter subscribers.
  3. Write one blog post.

End of 2016 goals:

  1. To have two new Hana Walker mysteries published.
  2. To have a complete set of TEFL textbooks for Japanese kids from age 3 to 11 available in print and on Kindle.
  3. To publish a guide for self-employed English teachers in Japan.
  4. To publish at least one project I haven’t imagined right now.

It might seem my plans are over ambitious, but I figure if I can keep to the daily goals at least on weekdays, the rest will fall into place. It’s amazing what you can do if you prioritise, hide the remote control and corkscrew. The whole point of this is to be able to say at the end of the year, I got serious about building up a catalogue of work, whether I make all of the goals or not.

Anyway, I wish you the best for 2016, but I’ve got to go. Haven’t done my words for the day.


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