Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Big List of Things To Do 2011

There is something wonderful about the start of a new year. I have always been quite a focussed person and I find it a great time to reflect. It is always the time when I think about what I want to do, what I want to change and where I want to be in another year's time.

I have to admit to a sense of achievement in knowing for once I have actually taken action on these things over the past year. My 'Big List' in 2010 included 79 tasks and I managed to complete 55 of them. I'm pretty happy with that as some of the tasks on the list really weren't that important and they'll get done when they get done. I think I tried to 'micro-manage' my list last year and wanted to include every little thing I needed to do. Life doesn't quite work like that though and in the end I concentrated on my writing and health goals. So this year, rather than the seven categories I had last time I have just four. They are health, writing, household and competitions. I have tried to make the list far more achievable this year and as a result the household category no longer contains house chores and instead the single goal of 'Get a dog!' 

The main focus remains on my health (presently half-way to my three stone weigh loss goal) and writing. It is a single page this time and far more achievable. As this blog is about writing I have added my writing goals below but don't be surprised to find me blogging about the other goals as well.

·         Complete first draft of ‘The Shortlist’
·         Complete second draft of ‘The Shortlist’
·         Complete final draft of ‘The Shortlist’
·         Send ‘The Shortlist’ to agents/publishers
·         Complete final draft of ‘The White China at Rose Cottage’
·         Enter ‘The White China at Rose Cottage’ into some competitions
·         Get 10 writing ‘hits’
o   Number One
o   Number Two
o   Number Three
o   Number Four
o   Number Five
o   Number Six
o   Number Seven
o   Number Eight
o   Number Nine
o   Number Ten

This year my writing goals are more specific and the first half focus on completing my two large works in progress. I have also set a goal of reaching 10 'hits.' I first heard this term used on Sally Quilford's great blog - well worth a follow. A 'hit' refers to an acceptance but it will only count if it is paid work. Last year I had nine different things accepted but not all of them were paid work so I am hoping to increase my hits to 10.

I think the goals I have set are obtainable within the year. There is a great amount for me to learn alongside this and I will be doing this in a variety of ways. I wish you luck on achieving any goals you may have in 2011 and I will keep you updated on how I am getting on with mine.


  1. Good luck with those goals, Katie! I use 'hit' for paid acceptances, and comp wins/placings but also for anything that appears in a proper print publication, like an anthology, even if it's not necessarily paid (i.e a charity anthology like the Diamonds and Pearls anthology.) But it's a good goal to only target paid publications. The first year I did that I only earned £10 mind! It certainly focuses your mind on producing what the publications want.

    Good luck!

  2. Hi Sally,

    I think I will include any placings as well! On that basis it means I had 7 hits last year so hopefully I will manage 10 this year. It's a steep learning curve but having goals helps I think.

    Thank you x

  3. Nice summary, Catherine. Always a good thing to be as specific as possible; I'm working on my own list which also includes sections on health, writing, and interior decorating. Best of luck with your list; I, like probably most of your Writing Buddies, fully expect you to come up with the goods!

  4. Thank you, Jacqueline. Glad to hear I'm not the only list writer. Maybe we should add them to the window display at The Art House later in the year?

    Good luck with your list and look forward to hearing how you get on.

  5. Good luck with your writing goals for 2011 Catherine, although I doubt if luck will come into it with such a prolific writer :-)