Setting goals is easy, achieving them, not so much. Over the years I have been very good at setting and not achieving goals. 2020 provided me with the time and space (thanks to lockdown) to think about how I want my life to be. So while setting my 2021 goals I’m focussed on achievable and sustainable writing goals

In 2020 I spent much of my time in my garden, watching the plants grow and seasons change. I had two realisations.

  1. Plant growth can’t be seen as it happens.
  2. Plants grow all the time.

I need to use these lessons to set my 2021 goals, if I do this I will achieve them

Setting 2021 goals.

My goals for this year are simple. I want to:

  • Focus on my children and husband.
  • Write more, hopefully publishing Shifter Unknown.
  • Move more, to lose weight and have more energy.
  • Read more, to learn new things and experience new stories.
  • Play my violin more, because its really good for my wellbeing.
  • Spend more time with friends and extended family. (hopefully in person).

Tracking my goals

Hopefully I have set sustainable achievable goals this year, but I won’t know this unless I track my progress. In previous years I have used my bullet journal to track my progress and I will be doing this again. (Find out how I use my bullet journal here).

However, I will also be setting up external ways to track my sustainable writing goals. Using a mixture of twitter, Goodreads and most importantly friends and family. I will be logging any progress to these different platforms and updating my monthly progress here too.

My aim is to gently make progress much as plants do, growing a little each day. Any progress is good, but vitally I’ll remember to be kind to me if and when I fall short. Juggling full time work, family life and now homeschooling is tough and anything I manage to do is a good thing. Judging myself too harshly leads to problems down the road not a good thing at all.

The most important goal.

Finally I will count my blessings each and every day. I am fortunate to have a warm home, food on the table, a job I enjoy, and most importantly wonderful friends and family to share my life with. As long as I continue to make time to enjoy these things any progress I make is truly a blessing.

Hopefully I will be able to see the people who are important to me this year in real life, enjoying good food, good company and live music.

Good luck everyone.