Each month I stay accountable to my goals by reviewing the goal, the strategies, and progress. This month was interesting because I had unexpected surgery on my hand. How do you write when your primary hand is bound and splinted? Thanks to dictation and hen-pecking, I made it work.
Overarching theme: “Promotion”
Goal 1: Who am I as a writer?
- A track record of success in the real estate niche
- Hard to break into new industries
- Not sure what will ignite my spark
- Make time to “write for fun” and explore new topic niches
Progress: My workload has intense this month, but I did do one for fun writing exercise. I intended to do more, but failed at being consistent. Grade: D-
Goal 2: Increase my knowledge base and writing skills.
- Balancing the need to generate income and acquiring new skills.
- Classes cost money, which eats into revenue.
- Finding the time
- Read the free resources that come into my inbox
- Create a “learning” budget I can use on courses
- Dedicate a set time for industry reading and learning.
- Create themes for the month to focus the learning
Progress: I attended a “State of the Industry” digital summit. It was free, so I still have funds for professional development. I’ve also done some reading through email newsletters. Grade: A-
Goal 3: Promote me.
- Time spent prospecting for new work
- Competition may be fierce
- I’m a shy person who doesn’t like to talk about myself
- Finding the byline writing opportunities on the immense World Wide Web
- Launch a “how I edit” series on my website blog
- Find byline opportunities
- Make my website even easier to see my writing
- Dedicate a time to job hunt
Progress: I failed at creating and publishing a “how I edit” video because I was too busy with work. I cannot take on new work. So no job hunting! Grade: D
Goal 4: Maintain income stream of [confidential) through 2021. That’s an average of [confidential] per month.
- Limited time to work
- Reduced need in the market for writers
- Managing my time wisely
- Reduce Upwork dependance so more money comes to my pocket.
- Charge the rates I’m worth..
- Work at least 5 hrs on my working days.
- Track each month how much time is spent writing on projects versus time invested and rate earned.
Progress: I averaged about 6.5-hours a day for the month due to a tight deadline on a massive project. I really squeezed as many minutes as I could, but I was so stressed and not meeting some outside personal goals.
My March monthly income was 109% above the target. I may need to adjust the target. Grade: A