One Month In: How’d I Do?

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We’re a month into 2018 and I have talked an awful lot about productivity and turning your wish lists into “did lists.” So…how have I done?

My successes:

My blog | I am pleased to announce I have kept up with my blogging schedule without failure since December. My engagement has gone up, and I have gained roughly twenty new subscribers in the past month alone. (Thank you one and all who have taken the time to read and subscribe! You lot are amazing!)

My newsletter | While I haven’t gained quite as many newsletter subscribers as I would’ve liked, I have gained more than I thought I would…if that makes sense. Also, I am aware I’ve only had occasion to send out a couple of newsletters, but I have met my deadlines and I am proud of what I came up with.

Self-Care | I have done more to take care of myself in the month of January than I ever have before. I’m already enjoying the benefit of better sleep, even if the quantity hasn’t changed much.

My neutrals:

My word count | I am currently sitting at 12,407 words into Alabama Rain, which isn’t where I want to be, but I’m further than I was when the year started, so that’s good. I have managed to write something nearly every day…though I did cut and rewrite a certain chapter three times and took on an unexpected project or two.

Personal Goals | I had a couple of personal goals I kept private, and I’m floating somewhere in the vicinity of 60% on track and 40% stalled…so not quite a fail, but not quite a win, either.

My failures:

Social Media | I’m still using Twitter regularly, but my Instagram usage isn’t where I’d like it to be. Facebook? I’m never going to enjoy Facebook…I’m not giving up, necessarily, but I think it is time I reevaluate my Facebook goals.

What this tells me:

I’m writing, but not enough | When I first owned up to this shortcoming, I immediately came up with a laundry list of excuses and determined this will sort itself out…and while this may be mostly true, I don’t want to rely on letting this work itself out, so I am carving out writing time whenever and wherever I can instead of waiting to get cozy with my laptop at home.

I am getting better with keeping self-imposed deadlines | When someone else puts me on a deadline, I don’t dare disappoint them. When I assign myself one? Until just recently I was okay with making any excuse, telling myself the only person I was letting down was myself so it didn’t matter…but I had a long hard chat with myself and realized it is far from okay to continually let myself down. My employers are not invested in me or my goals anywhere near the way I am invested and dedicated to theirs, which means if someone is going to care about my goals and successes, it’s got to be me.

I am not a quitter | No matter what falls into which category, I am not giving up–not even on Facebook, which annoys me greatly.

How are you doing on your goals so far this year? Please let me know in the commentary!

2 thoughts on “One Month In: How’d I Do?

  1. Jewel says:

    I am so happy to see you’re doing so well with so much!!

    I didn’t set particularly huge goals for myself and I have by and large failed on them. I keep thinking I should take the beginning of Feb to start over but I’m just lacking motivation, energy, desire …

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    • Aila Stephens says:

      Thank you!

      You’ve had a tough year, for sure. I’ll be sure and pencil in those GIF parties more often. I don’t know if it will help the motivation or energy, but I think it might help with desire! 🙂


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