Saturday, 3 January 2015

Goals for 2015

It's been a couple of years since I set myself any serious goals. Honestly, I gave myself so much to do (and think about) in that three-year period that I needed a bit of time off from formal goal-setting. The break has certainly been worthwhile, but I also know that I'm more productive when I've laid out fairly specific targets. So, 2015 will have proper goals and checkpoints and progress monitoring.

I'll post regular updates throughout the year, every month or two, to record my progress. Please feel free to hold me to account and help me keep on track!

Here are my main goals for 2015:

1. Finish my thesis & graduate as a Doctor!
The big one. There's not much more to say about this, really. I'll be disappointed if I don't see in 2016 as Dr Cotterill.

2. Write another novel
I have a lot of people waiting for Reformation; I really should get on with that. Of course, now that Watersmeet is out, people are also waiting for the next Twelve Baronies book. In an ideal world I'd have time to do both, but that's not necessarily likely.

3. Submit short stories to five different venues
Another writing goal: I've been experimenting with short fiction over the past couple of months, which is something I've never done before (my ideas generally tend towards the 400+ page end of the spectrum). It's also come to my attention that there are anthologies and magazines that pay actual money for first printing rights, without affecting copyright ownership, so I figured I might as well have a go.

4. Read & review at least 52 books
It's not like I need any more encouragement to spend days with my head buried in a book, but since starting Strange Charm I've got an actual reviewing schedule to keep to. This goal really shouldn't be a stretch, but since I struggle to read and write at the same time, it'll probably be quite unevenly distributed through the year.

5. Log at least 104 runs or walks over 5k
This would be purely a running goal, but I've had enough weird joint problems over the past couple of years that I think it would be naïve of me to assume I'll be able to run all year. I'm more likely to keep moving, consistently, if I also allow myself to count walks towards my goal.

6. Log at least 104 physio & weight-lifting sessions
The other part of my essential exercise regime that I've been neglecting lately. Twice a week is an absolute minimum.

7. Take an introductory Persian class
I've signed up for a free three-month class, so this should be as easy as just turning up. (Note that I'm not putting down anything about proficiency...)

8. Develop and post 52 new recipes
Just because I love experimenting with food. "One new recipe per week" is something I've found achievable and enjoyable in previous years.

9. Participate in SRC for at least eight months
It's always fun to try out new recipes from other bloggers around the world, and I've had great fun participating in Secret Recipe Club during 2014. Definitely something I want to continue.


Elizabeth Braun said...

Oooh, good! I love goals' lists! Looking forward to seeing how you get on.=)

I wonder if you'll share the same PhD grad ceremony as Sir, given that you're at the same uni and both on the technical side, department wise. Hope so, as it would be nice to meet you, even if just for 2 minutes.

All the best with your work for the year!

Emma said...

Good list :) since making mine I've also signed up to read a book a week as well. Which may be a bit optimistic, but I probably have that many in my 'downloaded but haven't read yet' queue so it should at least be free! Good luck with your list! X

Rachel said...

Plenty of variety there. All the very best with your thesis - I hope you finish it successfully this year!

Stephanie Wright said...

Best of luck with all of your goals. I wish you luck in succeeding. I look forward to reading your update. Steph x

liveotherwise said...

I'm aiming for 52 books for myself too, I'll be keeping track weekly. I did run a linky last year but got very little take up.

mypixieblog said...

Woah! You have some great lofty goals here, Rachel :) I'm pretty sure that if anyone can tackle them, it's you! And Dr. Cotterill--that would be awesome! I'd like to read 50 books this year myself. So far on book #2. Fingers crossed :) XOXO and happy birthday!

Carma Sez said...

I am always in awe of all that you do! I am also unable to run a lot w/joint issues so I only do it on occasion too which is just fine by me ;-) Can't wait to read the post when you officially become Dr. Cotterill :-)

Fiver Feeds said...

Good luck with your goals, I'm sure you'll achieve them!

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