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Let’s Set Goals {March 2021}

Let's Set Goals March 2021

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 February Goals

  • Writing
  • Content edit and redline Wyoming Ranchers Book 2. CHECK!
  • Draft proposal for Wyoming Ranchers Book 3. CHECK! This took longer than I anticipated due to a new plot direction, though.
  • Write one section of nonfiction book for writers. NO CHECK. I restructured the outline and came up with a working title. At least I made progress.
  • Promote Hers for the Summer (releases February 23!). CHECK!
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week. CHECK!
  • Keep mini-habits: add one vegetable and one fruit each day and get off the couch for one minute in the evening. CHECK!
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day. It’s so dry here in the winter. I need the hydration! CHECK!
  • Other
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday. CHECK! I recently read Amanda Dyke’s Set the Stars Alight. Beautiful writing.
  • Finish final section of lesson one and the homework assignments for online class for drawing (a primer/basics tutorial with assignments). CHECK!

February was pretty productive for me. I’m still working on staying healthy, but the mini-habits are coming more naturally to me. Winter forces me inside more, so I’m not as active. However, I do get a lot of writing done!

Jill’s March Goals

  • Writing
  • Polish/submit Wyoming Ranchers Book 2
  • Draft bulk of nonfiction book for writers
  • Continue promoting Hers for the Summer (in stores now)
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week
  • Continue eating more unprocessed food.
  • Drink minimum of 72 ounces of water every day.
  • Other
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday
  • Get outside whenever possible. March is still winter here. If the temps are in the 30s and it’s not snowing or raining, I try to take a walk.
  • Set quarterly goals at the end of the month.

Knowing I’m only about a month or so away from seeing tulips and daffodils is boosting my spirits. I love seeing the signs that summer is coming. All the little leaves unfurling from buds, the grass turning from yellow to green. Longer daylight hours. I love it all!

What were your February goals? How did you do? What would you like to accomplish in March?

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 2 Comments

  1. Hey Jill,
    I did, well, okay.
    Writing: Got a draft of the first 15 chapters of first book in next series. The 1,000 words a day discipline really helps. As long as I don’t go back and read it over.
    Revamped my newsletter. MailChimp was made for people like me.
    Did significant research and made contacts for two ideas for next nonfiction history book.
    Not so great in health, but the weather was against me. Trying to get back to my pre-COVID fitness regime.
    Nothing in cleaning closets per se, but did make inroads on scanning more old family photos, for which for some reason I got stuck being the archivist.
    March will be better!
    Writing: Shore up the first half of the new book before I write the second half. Review what I’ve done, and outline the last half.
    Work on strengthening my Launch Team for my third book.
    Work on guest blogs and stockpile them.
    Revamp my Web site or create a new one.
    Continue research on next nonfiction history book and choose the topic. I’ve got two good prospects.
    Health:
    Get back to walking FIVE days a week. Right now it’s sporadic.
    Eat more salads for lunch. COVID has driven me into the arms of comfort food. This has got to stop.
    Book my colonoscopy.
    Lose my COVID weight, which will happen if I observe the first two things on the Health list.
    Home:
    Finish going through the photos.
    Clean the closets.
    Take stuff to landfill/Goodwill/unsuspecting relatives.
    Summary: Doing okay, could do better.
    KB

    1. Kathy,
      I’m always so amazed at how much you accomplish every month! And you continue to keep pushing forward with your health and personal goals, too! Great job!!

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