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Let’s Set Goals {July 2021}

Let's Set Goals July 2021. Writer Productivity. Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s June Goals

  • Writing
  • Final edits A Cowboy to Rely On (Wyoming Ranchers book 2 releasing January 2022). CHECK!
  • Draft proposal for Wyoming Ranchers book 4. CHECK!
  • Start revising Wyoming Ranchers book 3. CHECK!
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week. CHECK
  • Continue eating more unprocessed food. CHECK
  • Track calories on weekdays. CHECK
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day. CHECK
  • Other
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday. ALMOST CHECK

My June goals were straightforward and doable. The only one I missed was the fiction reading, mainly because I read a few nonfiction books that caught my eye! I’ll take it!

Jill’s July Goals

  • Writing
  • Revise and polish Wyoming Ranchers book 3
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week
  • Continue eating more unprocessed food
  • Track calories on weekdays
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day
  • Other
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday

I have two out-of-town funerals and a vacation planned this month, so I’m keeping the goals light and easy! Writer productivity isn’t always about getting a ton of stuff done. It’s about getting the right stuff done. And since my deadline is July 30, I’m concentrating on finishing the book.

What were your June goals? How did you do? What would you like to accomplish in July?

Thanks so much for joining me each month! Seeing your progress motivates me!

JillKemerer

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website, jillkemerer.com.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jill, I’m going to stitch this on a sampler. “Writer productivity is about getting the right stuff done.”
    I did okay on my June goals. Began the long, slow process of recovering from my COVID eating. Ate more salads for lunch, sometimes meeting my three-a-week goal, and started walking more regularly. Had a health checkup and found I’ve lost three pounds since December, not too shabby since we had another COVID winter, and my A1C, which is a diabetic measure, hovers around 6, which is good.
    Did not get anything done on the house.
    But I met my writing goals.
    Finished the first half of my WIP. Continuing to research the Revolutionary War and am about to go to Lexington and Concord for a mini-vacation.
    Submitted proposal for my second nonfiction history book.
    Successfully continued with my newsletter.
    Started a new series on LinkedIn, “Obsessed With the West.”
    July will be interesting. I got hit with a bombshell, we now need to sell my father’s house, so that is One More Thing.
    July goals:
    — Work on draft for “War Monuments” book.
    — Work on first draft for Revolution book.
    — Go over proofs for first nonfiction history book. Waiting for proofs now.
    — Do edits for third book in “Western Dreams” series. Waiting for edit letter now.
    — Work on setting up PR for first nonfiction history book, “Exeter NH, Then and Now,” and for third Western Dreams, “Redemption’s Hope.” Exeter comes out Sept. 20, “Redemption’s” some time this fall. It will be a busy autumn.
    — AND…I have FOUR reviews to write for four of my fellow authors, an area where I really fell down in June. I need to get going on those, they’re all good books, just haven’t found the time.
    WELL it will be an interesting summer. Thanks Jill for keeping us on track.
    Kathy Bailey
    Spinning her own plates in New Hampshire

    1. I need that sampler, too! Getting the right stuff done–so true! Wow, you made progress on almost every goal–that’s terrific! Your writing schedule is very busy, and I know you can do it! Enjoy that beautiful New Hampshire summer!

  2. I’m still working on meeting goals from last month and now, already have new goals to add to the list. Slowly, patiently, and with God’s help, I will reach my goals. 🙂

  3. I really enjoy following your goals, Jill. I am doing something similar. I didn’t get real far with them in June, but I am finally back to revising the book I wrote but have never gone beyond the first draft. I feel good about moving forward now.

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