Every quarter, I take the time to determine what worked and what didn’t in that quarter of the year. I write down what worked and what didn’t. And I take steps to correct what didn’t work and to continue what worked. Then at the end of the year, around this time, I take all my notes from the year and determine what worked last year and what didn’t. And guess what…we are just about to turn our calendar page onto a brand new year. So, it is time to do that evaluation now before the last day of the year comes.
This year has been a busy year for me. I wrote several books, revised others, and wrote several e-books. I also broke into some pretty prestigious magazine markets, such as Pockets! So, I feel very productive indeed.
What about you? What worked for you? What didn’t work? Do you have notes after every quarter to jog your memory about what really did work and what didn’t? If not, you could change that for this coming year and make this year the very best year ever just by taking a few simple steps. Here they are:
1. Sit down and determine what worked last year. Did you complete any writing projects? Did you finally break into a magazine that was unexpected? Did you write an e-book? List all of your achievements in your success journal.
2. Sit down and determine what didn’t work last year? Did you spend too much time doing things that were not going to bring you closer to success with your writing career? Did you go off on tangents? Just write these down, not to criticize yourself but to lovingly acknowledge that and then move past it to a better place in the New Year.
3. Intend to have the best and productive year ever in 2013! Write that down in your favorite colour ink in your success journal. That is what I did last year, and it worked!
By taking these few steps, you will be well on your way to making sure that you have a GREAT year next year.
Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor