And this year is particularly exciting as I continue to take forward steps on my author-journey.
As a reminder, I quit the corporate day job in April 2016 to pursue my passion and dream of being a full-time author-entrepreneur.
My definition of an author-entrepreneur is someone who creates value and money from writing in multiple ways.
I also want to help other writers and entrepreneurs on a similar journey.
I always find having my goals written down keeps me focused on what I want to accomplish. So I would recommend you also write down your goals and invite you to share them in the comments below.
Of course, these goals can be subject to change as things are always changing. But they provide a kind of anchor to ensure you are on the right path.
I have also added in Stretch goals. These are goals that will push me a little further. They are ambitious, but I like to set the bar high.
I have also tried to make the goals specific where relevant as it is easier to measure. So these are my 2017 writing goal split into themes:
#1. Going Pro as an Author-Entrepreneur
Asset creation: The most important thing we can do as writers is to write and create our books. So I need to focus on producing books:
- Write and publish three non-fiction books. I have some ideas on the topics of spirituality, psychology, on writing and self-help. Use professional editors and cover designers.
- Stretch goal: Write and publish three books in a creative fiction series. I have some very early ideas as to what I will write. But I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to fiction writing.
- Daily writing: Write daily (minimum of 500 words per day) to cultivate a writing habit. Continue to record word count and time blocks to keep me accountable and able to measure progress. Log daily activities completed so I can see where I am spending my time.
- Cultivate a successful author mindset: Assume I will be successful.
#2. Learning and Development as a Writer
- Continue learning how to become an author and entrepreneur. This includes completing various online courses and attending live workshops. I commit to dedicating one day per week for studying.
- Learning how to market and sell a book. This includes getting up to speed with social media, learn about content marketing and SEO and building my email list.
- Building community:
- Guest posting for other blogs (10 posts) including Inc, Forbes, Huffington Post
- Appearing on relevant podcasts
- Joining relevant organisations to help me on my author journey
- Attending relevant conferences i.e., London Book Fair
- Making friends in the author world and building a community of support
- Track daily progress to increase productivity:
- Daily word count
- Number of time blocks completed (and on which tasks)
#3. Mental and physical health / Healthy Habits
- Daily morning routine consisting of:
- Physical exercise (alternate between cardio and weight training)
- Write minimum 500 words (via dictation or writing)
- Time blocking: schedule blocks of time to do focused deep work and then take a short break. Aim for four-time blocked sessions per day.
- Dictate daily (either blog post or book content).
- Reading more and reading diversely. I want to read 50 books and schedule time to read specifically. I want to read outside my genre and my comfort zone. I will log my results in Goodreads.
- Rest and relaxation: Taking half a day out per week guilt-free for relaxation and fun (going to museums exhibitions, bookstores, research trips to fuel my creativity). I often work myself too hard but know I need to factor in breaks. Remember, this is a journey; a marathon, not a sprint and I want to be in this for the long-term.
- Cultivate & express creativity: following my intuition and curiosity to allow ideas to emerge. Trust emergence and allow my creativity to express itself.
#4. Income / Making Money Online
This is my first year to make money online, and I am going to be pretty ambitious and aim at £50k ($100k). This will be via:
- Books (print / ebook)
- Stretch: Books (audio)
- Professional speaking
- Stretch: Online courses (think about creating one from my first book)
I know these are ambitious goals, but I know if I put in the daily work, the end result will take care of itself. Note I am also doing this full-time.
I invite you to share your goals for 2017. Then we can look back together at the end of the year and see how well we did against them.
With thanks to Joanna Penn whose post inspired me.