I love goals. Making goals is my idea of fun. I can spend hours coming up with extensive lists of things I want to do, while successfully avoiding doing any actual things. I love goals like I love deadlines. To paraphrase Douglas Adams, I love the whooshing sound they make when they fall by the wayside.


Not completing those goals probably doesn’t bother me as much as it should.  I have issues with accountability. We’re all works in progress, though, amiright?

On that note, I’m setting some new goals today (yay!) for this round of ROW80, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. (Note: ROW80 consists of four rounds of 80 days, with different, measurable goals each time and two check-ins per week. Because I don’t have home internet, I just check in on Wednesdays. Want to join? Click here to enter your Linky.)

Drumroll, please…

ROW80 Round 2 Goals

(For the rest of April, anyway.)

  • Use a timer! (I have a hard time staying on task, and I think that developing this habit this will help. Plus, it’s a motivator for writing sprints.)
  • Work on Charming Cora (CC is a manuscript that was requested by Harlequin. A while ago. Like, a long while. I have 22,997 words left to write, which works out to about 3 pages a day for the rest of the month.)
  • Short blog daily (A to Z challenge/ROW80, posting daily for the first and weekly for the second.)
  • 15 minutes of German (It’s a self-enrichment thing. The idea is to take a trip to Germany in 20 years, when I’m fluent.)
  • ROW80 sign up/goal post on Apr. 8 Look! I got something done already! 🙂
  • Plan out mini-sesson for MMRWA Retreat (If you haven’t heard about this terrifying upcoming event, I’m going to be teaching a class called A Funny Kind of Love: Adding Humor to your Romance. I just peed myself a little, typing that.)
  • MMRWA Retreat Apr. 24, 25, 26 (An awesome local chapter of the RWA get-together that I can’t wait to attend, aside from the quavering like lime Jello at the thought of the item above.)
  • Retreat basket (I have to find some time and money to put together a vintage-themed basket for our retreat fundraising raffle. It also has to be a cool basket that everyone will want. No pressure.) Found great stuff at Hobby Lobby on my lunchtime and now I have TWO things done!
  • M, W, F Mid-Michigan Romance Writing 101 FB posts (I’m one of the mods for this group. It’s pretty low-pressure: just Motivational Monday, Word Count Wednesday and Fix-it Friday posts that take a few minutes to write/find a pic for, and moderating some comments. This is a maintenance goal.)
  • Galesburg Museum Project Revisit Apr. 27 (Volunteered to be the web gal for a local museum, but haven’t had time to do anything beyond the FB page. Have to write copy for the website, set up a FB posting schedule and get a domain name!)
  • Buy a house? (This is still in-progress, but if the good Lord’s willin’ and the crick don’t rise, I might be closing on a house and moving in the next few weeks.)

This is a new approach to goal-setting for me. ALL of these things actually need to get done, so half-assery is not an option. Wish me luck!

Do you have any goals? What would you rate yourself at sticking to them: obsessive, total slacker or lackadaisical, once-in-a-while go-getter, like me? heart




26 thoughts on “Goals

  1. I’m inconsistent. When I have goals, I get a lot done and feel really good about myself…then I get tired and slack off. I have a goal to keep my goals…


    • Great goals, Launa! Except maybe the Cutthroat trout one. Are those as vicious as they sound? lol

      I’m sorry. I’m a dork. Thank you for stopping by and for commenting. 🙂


  2. I can completely see your reasoning on this one. I fail even harder on deadlines. At least self-imposed ones. If someone else tells me to do something by a certain time, darn it, I DO it. 🙂


  3. Hi Kristen,

    What a wonderful set of goals, good luck with them.

    I too like working towards a goal, there is something quite positive about giving that goal a tick or striking it off once it has been done. Admitedly though at times I find it difficult to keep up with the goals that I set myself and they say it can leave you feeling a bit down hearted when you don’t achieve what you set out to do.

    What I think should be remembered here is that yes you’ve not reached your goal, but you had a damn good try.

    Wonderful blog post, good luck with your goals.




  4. I’m great at writing to do lists, even if they all need to be done, I tend to always procrastinate. I did my federal taxes in Feb, but had planned on doing state a couple weeks later and yet they’re not to be done. Still sitting on my to do list. Other things from my list written in Feb are not complete… What a great post though 🙂


    • Dang. Taxes. That’s a lotta to-do to do, too. I’m told if you break up each thing into tiny steps (for me, it’d be like: 1. log on to computer. 2. go to turbotax.com, etc.) you get more of a feeling of momentum. Going to try and practice what I preach, get off the internets and do 5 minutes on Charming Cora right now. That’s been on my to-do list a lot longer than February. Thanks for commenting and good luck! 😉


  5. I think you’ve set a really realistic list of goals for this round. Good luck! I still struggle with writerly discipline from time to time, but I think I do fairly well at setting achievable goals and meeting them. Let’s hope this round goes well for all of us!

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    • Thank you, Denise! I’m not too freaked out with my goals this time around. Maybe in March, I’ll add “run a marathon” to the list. Just to shake things up. 🙂 Best of luck with your goals, too, and thank you for visiting!


    • Thanks, Katherine – I’m a meme dork.:) I’m using e.ggtimer.com and just doing 15 minutes on the things on my to-do list. The trick, I think, is it’s keeping me focused on one thing at a time. And I have done the Pomodoro – there’s good online timers for that, too, but you’ve probably found those. Ever tried Write or Die or WrittenKitten? I like Write or Die, so much that I paid for the $20 download, but then work policy changed and I wasn’t allowed to have it on my laptop. Going to get it again once I replace my home computer. It motivates through fear and apparently I’m a scaredy cat, so it’s effective. 😉

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  6. haha! Nice post! I personally am so useless at goals that I’ve given up. One of my books has been sitting at 50k words for such a long time that I’ve stricken the goal out of my list. Love your writing style!

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