Hitting the Mark

The past couple of weeks have been a special kind of crazy, so I’m just now getting a chance to get back on my feet (end of quarter, end of semester for my Master’s classes, plus the usual post-spring-break ennui).  Even though I’ve been silent on here, I have been working on a project that I’m finally ready to share with all of you!

Before I got into teaching, I worked in retail management.  My job was to make sure that the store maximized profits by preventing as many losses as possible.  One of the skills that job taught me was how to properly – and effectively – set goals, in a way that has stuck with me through the years.

When I moved into teaching, goal-setting came up again.  Now I was helping students learn how to set their own goals, and how to track their progress.  The goal-setting process was the same, but the goals themselves were different.

I’ve also applied these skills to my own life.  Like many people who transitioned from fairly active youth to fairly sedentary adulthood, weight became an issue.  Using the skills I acquired in terms of goal setting and tracking, I was able to lose about 45-50 pounds from my max weight, and I’m still working on getting that number down (though my focus has shifted from “weight loss” to “health gains”).

When I took the leap and published A Lady in Rogue’s Clothing, I didn’t really have a plan for where to go from there.  It took all of my courage to put my work out there, and I frankly didn’t expect anything to come of it.  However, I was floored when I started receiving messages asking for the second novel in the series – the possibility had never crossed my mind.

I started thinking about next steps, and the next book, and where to go from here.  I found myself needing to organize my thoughts and plan out my approach.  I knew what I needed – a way to scaffold (teacher word!) my work, to take this project in chunks rather than as an overwhelming whole.  I hunted for the “right” writing tool, the right journal or notebook or whatever that would help me be a more effective and efficient writer.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, nothing fit the bill.

So I decided to make my own.  But I realized rather quickly that I didn’t actually want something to help me specifically with writing – I was looking for something to manage all of my goals and track all of my progress.

I’m rather pleased with the end result – take a look:

I was so pleased with how the project came out, that I decided to share it with all of you!  At the bottom of this post is a link to the page for each of the two sizes of journal, mini binder and full-size binder.

In order to keep myself accountable – and to help those who have never seen this particular method of goal setting and tracking before – I’m going to be sharing my logs and notes with all of you.

Expect a post later today to get us started!  I would love it if you followed along with me and tracked your own goals using this system.  Feel free to share out your progress either here or on Facebook!

Without further ado, here are the links:

smaller cover image v2Cover Image Full Size Binder


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