Although there were not many posts in 2014, I would still like to post my goals for the year, both for myself and to share with others looking to choose their own goals.
First, let’s take a look at last year. To put it simply, I did not accomplish my goals. This year, I will be more focused so that I can accomplish what I set out to do, instead of having too many things that I don’t focus on any.
In 2014, I did not know what I wanted to focus on. I have goals to finish writing a novel, starting a business, and learn Japanese, among other things. I still want to do all of those things, but this year I am focusing on my writing. My main goal will be to finish my novel, which over the past year+ has progressed glacially slow. I am aiming for a 50,000 word novel, which is a short novel, and I am, as of this writing, slightly past the 33% mark. I didn’t work on it at all for huge chunks of last year, so this year it is becoming my main priority.
I would also like to accomplish a couple of other smaller writing goals. One of them is to update this blog more regularly. I don’t know what form that will take yet, but once I decide on the type of content, I will choose a schedule to help me get in the habit. I already have a few long posts in mind.
I also want to continue my Japanese goal. As demonstrated by the huge amount of Japan-related posts on this blog, I am deeply interested in Japan and its culture. I have a trip back to Japan coming up later this year, so I will be working to refresh on what I have already learned as well as advancing in my speaking ability.
One way to keep myself on task is that I have decided every day I need to work on one of my goals. It doesn’t have to be huge progress every day, and it doesn’t have to be every goal. So an example is that I should either practice Japanese or do some writing. In the past I have aimed very high with my goals for the year, but did not have a great way to keep myself on track throughout the year. This will help with that.