The 90 Day Year and Revolutionizing Goal Setting 2019
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Hello Lovely Our Write Siders,
Happy New Year! Did you sit down and write out goals this year? It seems like the trend last year of not doing New Year’s resolutions, or at least not sharing them, continues this year. I get it, I truly do. After all, most people “fail” at their resolutions by February.
But does that mean we should quit doing them? Or should we, perhaps, find a better way of doing them? Me, an overachiever, says we should find a better way. And I did that three years ago when I found Todd Herrman’s 90 Day Year. Full confession, I am a poor writer, so I took the free seminars that introduce the concept, and then built my own plan focused specifically on writing.
Since then, I have used it for almost all of my planning. It is amazing! The idea is to plan your year in 90 day cycles, and pick no more than three to five things to focus on during that cycle. Why? Well, three is a magical number. If your focus gets too divided chasing all the things, then none of the things get done. I combine this strategy with setting New Year’s resolutions to help me achieve my goals. So let me show you how that looks for me.
Set SMART GOALS
If you’ve never seen this, I don’t really remember when I first learned it, (I think my brother-in-law McKay taught me this when we planned our New Year’s Resolutions back when I was in middle school, but don’t quote me on that.) but it’s something that is taught by most business managers since the 1980’s. So, there you go.
I also follow Michael Hyatt’s advice of not setting more that 5-7 goals (again, that divided focus thing.) I also remember reading somewhere, that it’s important to make your goals known. If you share them, it creates accountability, or something? Yeah.
So, here is my annual goals list, in a handy pretty print up that now also hangs above my desk.
Yes, I am only setting five goals, which feels like underachieving for me, but they are really big goals and I maybe didn’t do as well with the Specific and measurable for the New Year’s Resolution because I’m going to focus on those for the 90 day goals. Why? Because last year I only hit about half of my goals, but those ones I hit (especially the social media one) I way undershot. As such I would rather focus on 90 day achievements and do at least a little something towards each of my goals to knock it all out of the park.
Now that I have my annual goals set, I will look at those to plan my 90 day goals. My 90 day goals should focus on serving my annual goals. Normally I would just pick three to focus on, but we’ve got some big things in the works at OWS, and because most of my failures last year were in my word count, I didn’t want to put that off until Q3. So instead, despite the risk of splitting my focus too much, I am going to test if I can focus on small goals for each of these.
My 90 Day Year- 1st Quarter Goals
Now obviously 1 and 7 are going pretty light. 2 is not specific because I’m not pushing that hard. I’m really just maintaining those. The big focus is 3 and 4. (And of course, the family time to work on that balance.) And that’s all I am doing for now. Again, the key is to break it down into manageable chunks. Now, here is the most important piece to all of this:
Work Towards your Goal Every Day
You have to work on it every day! How do I keep these goals front and center? I print them up and stick them on my wall in front of my desk. Every day, when I sit down to work, I look at those goals. I plan my work day around them. If something does not serve those goals, it gets bumped down on my priority list. If it serves those goals, it goes to the top of my priority list.
And there you have it. Suddenly, New Year’s Resolutions (and most importantly, achieving them) doesn’t seem so scary or overwhelming, does it?
Now, who’s ready to set some goals?
You know, I had some really ambitious goals last year, and then had some personal crisis that should have completely derailed me. But I had the support of my awesome team hear at OWS and they really carried me through 8 months of misery and pain that I normally might have written off working.
Having an accountability partner is a huge deal, and so we are offering that to authors outside of OWS this year through our Patreon channel. If you would like to join the 90 Day year accountability team, sign up at the $5 level and leave your goals in the comments under that post. We will be sure to add you to the discord group where we will have weekly support, as well as doing our quarterly check-ins together. This business does not have to be lonely. Hope you join us!
Until next time,
Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac, and wordsmith. When she isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys helping fellow authors on their writing adventures. Learn more about how Heidi at www.heidiangell.com
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