I believe in setting goals because they motivate me to get things done. If I don’t have a goal in mind, my mind wanders – a lot. I’m interested in so many things it is easy to get distracted into one thing, then another, until I can’t remember what it was I wanted to do with my time.
Having goals inspires me to focus. That’s the necessary ingredient for making progress. Focus is needed to create something worth having.
I’ve noticed that artists that specialize have extremely impressive portfolios. I think I’ve mentioned this before. For example, Susan Herbert specializes in creating cat art. Each cat is fully dressed and many represent famous people in history. I’m impressed with her work because she got an idea that nobody else had, and she worked at making that one kind of art for many years. She was focused and her portfolio shows it.
At this point I’m sorry I haven’t ever been that focused! I’m nearly 60 !!!! and still spread my energies out into too many different niches. I need to stop that, and gather my humble resources into one good niche. It looks like my work on children’s and young adult novels would be the best niche to focus on. I mean, fifty years after I pass away, what will people remember me for? Will it be for my work at exposing child protective services? Will it be for all the things I’ve written online? Or is it more likely to be the novels I wrote? Well, hopefully I’ll get to publish most of those novels within the next few years.
The writing work feeds me and keeps my bills paid and bank account reasonably full. The work at FightCPS gives me a purpose – to help suffering parents and grandparents. But the books are my creative outlet. I need to stop worrying about whether I can write books for adults and accept that writing for children and teens is what I’m here for.
With all that in mind, I’ve made some goals for 2012. I’m not calling them resolutions because everyone knows resolutions are easily forgotten. I put my goals on a Squidoo lens, and made that my browser’s home page. This forces me to go there often and review my goals. At the bottom of the page I’m keeping track of all the new lenses I’m making this year. A diverse lot of them!
I’d like to be making two lenses per day but find that goal to be unreasonable. Some days I go out of town and can’t make any lenses. Other days I have an activity scheduled. That happened today and I was gone most of the afternoon. I managed to get one lens published but that was all. ‘Lenses per day’ aren’t on my goals list, but I still keep lens-making and other basic tasks on a to-do list here on my laptop. I get as many of the to-do’s done as I can, every day.
This may seem too structured to many of you, but for me it is the way to stay organized with my time, and focused. Otherwise, I’m hopeless. This is the home of the wandering mind.