“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
― Douglas Adams
Like I said Yesterday – It’s that time of the year again. Most nowadays eschew New Year’s Resolutions. And this year, after the horrible shitshow that was 2020 a lot of people will be happy to survive. However, since I had a few days off work over the holidays and there is nothing to do because of the virus I decided to wax philosophical and make some plans for the upcoming year.
OK, first… my actual goals, more or less:
Weight loss – won’t bore you with this – everybody has this as their #1 goal… pretty much. So there it is.
Cycle equivalent – 3,000 days. Ten miles a day, with a few days off. This is either a real mile on a real bike or an equivalent on my spin bike. I put an odometer on the thing so I can measure it. The spin bike is a little easier than the streets, a little quicker… so be it.
Submit 100 short stories for publication (2 per week). I have well over 100 short stories written. But writing isn’t writing, editing is writing. I will edit… and submit. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
Publish 2 ebooks of short stories. One tentatively would be 100 Days of Flash… the other 30 Bad Ways to Die.
Write cumulative 300 words of fiction a day. This is about one hour a day of writing. I intend for the cycling goal above to be pretty much every day, while the fiction writing goal to be mostly a weekly thing. 2100 words a week.
…And those are the major goals. I went ahead and jotted some minor goals down, more as ideas.
- Get up early
- Read more
- Listen to more podcasts
- Lift weights
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Learn to use Scrivener
- Walk (an underrated exercise, might add a derivative of this to my cycling totals, maybe)
I have to be careful about daily habits/goals. I can really pile them on and there are only so many hours in the day.
I also made a list of tools that I intend to add to/edit as the year goes on:
- Daily Record
- Google Calendar