It’s time again to set goals for a brand-new Round of Words in 80 Days, and a new 12 Week Year – my third.
This is also the first complete round since my husband’s death on January 12. For Round One, my goals were very different, and far less specific, as I didn’t yet know the course his cancer was going to take, or that he would die very early in the round. Even if I had known, the aftermath was rather consuming.
I spent some time over the break dealing with essential administration – the life insurance claim and family taxes. With those complete, I feel much more settled. It’s not that there’s nothing left to tend to – only that I feel I’ve earned some breathing room from the immediacy, and can proceed through the remaining administrative tasks at a more relaxed pace.
Which also means that I feel comfortable returning to goals that are clearly delineated and forward-focused. I anticipate moving forward with my professional plans, while tending to my own needs and those of my family. Though the basic goals that appear here may seem general, I have developed action plans for each, with due dates for completion (there’s more on that below).
Part of that is my annual four-month stretch of writing challenges, which will help me get back into the flow of writing daily. While I’m far less prepared than I’ve been in previous years, I’m anticipating a productive time ahead as I finish some projects, move some along, and begin others.
What are your plans for the spring season?
I will post my Action Plan for each goal on Wednesdays, and evaluate weekly progress on Sundays.
I will post complete goals reviews for Weeks 3, 6, 9, and a final assessment after Week 12. These will allow me the opportunity to evaluate my progress, and whether my goals and Action Plans as written are serving the purposes I intended.
The legend below will indicate the status of each goal.
Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.
Green: In Progress.
Black: Still Waiting.
Black with Overstrike:
Red: Goal Change.
Relationships, Family, and Home:
Objective: I tend to our home and the needs of our transitioning family unit.
- I facilitate the kids’ learning, social activities, and well-being.
- I complete all necessary homeschool administration.
- I facilitate home and yardtending, asking for assistance as needed.
- I research and acquire items that will improve our quality of life.
- I research, budget for, and oversee home improvement projects.
- I assist the kids in learning to maintain a home independently.
- I schedule time each week to connect with friends/ family.
Objective: I develop my professional career and tend to the financial needs of our family unit..
- I schedule weekly time for the writing development courses I have in progress.
- I use the spring writing challenges to advance/complete projects in progress.
- I maintain, develop, and expand my connections with both other writers and my readers.
- I explore new professional opportunities.
- I develop, adapt, and maintain a family budget.
- I explore the concept of prosperity and what it means to me- and to the children.
Body, Mind, and Soul:
I act to support my health – physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
- I focus on physical health as part of my daily routine.
- I resume focus on my spiritual development.
- I tend to my emotional health in this transitional time.
The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have A Life!