5 Goals for the Next 90 Days – 2019 Q3

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Oh my goodness! Can you believe it? We’re on the doorstep of the final quarter of 2019! We must be having fun because it feels like 2019 started last week!

K, got a lot to get through, so let’s get to it.

Before I get too far, I need to talk a little about this year so far. All in, 2019 has been a year for change for Example in Metaphor. I’ve tried a lot of different things. Some worked. Some didn’t. For some, the jury is still out. I even had some yearly goals I started with at the beginning that have faded into the background.

All of this is fine. It was a journey. And sometimes along the path, things get thrown out or reabsorbed in new ways.

If you have any questions about goals I laid out that I never mentioned again, feel free to shoot me a line or tweet at me and

I’ll tell you what’s up.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get going.

Last 90 days – How’d I do!

Goal: BLOG POSTS: 9 POSTS EACH AT LEAST 2,000 WORDS – SUCCESS 100%

Just so there’s no confusion, I’m counting this one as my final, and 9th post. It won’t be 2,000 words, and it will be posted after the quarter is over, but I figure it’s close enough.

This goal was a real jump in production for me. I was certainly not producing strong content at this clip before. And all in, I’m really glad I did it.

First, it netted me a lot of new content. Always a good thing. Second, helped me reframe and clarify my vision for the blog.

Really, that’s what this year has been all about, rethinking the vision. And there’s nothing like making a lot of words to get that done.

Third, it forced me to get a lot of writing done. Gotta set those habits.

Of course, next quarter I’ll once again tweak this. Can’t stagnate!

FICTION WRITING: 14,000 WORDS OF ROUGH DRAFT FOR A NOVELLA – Success 100%

At some point, this novella turned into a novel, but either way, the words got written.

I’m having a great time with my writing this quarter. So I’ll be keeping it going in the next one!

MEDITATION: 65 SESSIONS (5 X A WEEK) – Ummmm 92ish%

Not gonna lie. Got behind and things got hard. I eeked out 60 of the 65 sessions. 

Most were between 8 – 10 minutes. I can honestly tell you I feel better with this practice.

GRATITUDE JOURNAL: 65 POSTS (5 X A WEEK) – Success 100%

I don’t really know if this does anything, but it happened and I will continue.

DAILY AFFIRMATIONS: 65 POSTS (5 X A WEEK) – Success! 100%

Same as the gratitude journal.

MEDIUM: 3 POSTS – 66% Partial Retool

Hmm, well, I posted 2 of my blogs on medium so far. One was an old post that I just haphazardly posted. Another one was a new post I completed in quarter, so I uploaded it to medium on the day I posted it on my blog.

Turns out there was a lot I didn’t know about Medium. Once I published the 2 stories, I did some research (which I probably should have started with) and decided the tactic I was using wasn’t going to be all that effective.

I will continue to post there but I’ll be a bit more strategic about the whole thing. I’ll discuss more below in my Q4 goals.

PINTEREST: 1,300 PINS – 100%

Done! Got Tailwind in September. Game changer.

Overall, I didn’t understand how great Pinterest would be and how much it would impact the brand and my traffic. I still have a lot to learn, but I made some good inroads with my 1,300 pins this past quarter.

TWITTER: 52 POSTS – FAILLLL!!!! But on purpose

Lots of work, little gain. That’s the takeaway of my experience on social media.

Keeping with the idea of 80/20 I’ve decided to stop spinning my wheels on social media. Instead, I’ve set up an auto-post at the time of blog publishing through IFTTT. If it works, hooray. If it doesn’t, no real loss.

Final Recap of Q3

I got a lot of great writing done this quarter. Wrote a lot of blog posts, wrote some fiction, and figured out my social media strategy. What else could you want out of 90 days?

If there’s one key takeaway from the past 90 days, it would be the value of a daily writing habit. Now, I didn’t write EVERY day, but I wrote most, and the clarity of thought and improvement in my prose was obvious.

I’d suggest it to anyone.

Goals for the next 90 days

Alright, that’s what happened. Now let’s talk about what the next 90 days have in store for EIM.

I’ll try to group these in buckets for this 90 day go. Hopefully, that will provide a little insight into my method here.

Blog

OMG, I’m going to a weekly blog post. That’s 13 posts over 13 weeks. And there’s holidays in there!

Here’s the trick, they’re not all the same:

New Blog Posts – 10 – 1,000 words each

Ten of these 13 posts will be net new. They’ll each be ~ 1,000 words, which is a WHOLE lot easier than the 2,000-word beasts I’ve been pushing out this quarter.

On top of that, I’ll be republishing each of these on Medium. I don’t know what’s going to happen over there, so I guess we’ll find out together.

Update blog posts – 3 – to 2000 words

For the 3 remaining posts, I’ll be looking back to the 50 or so posts I already have. I’ll pick 3, open them up, edit, update, and lengthen to around 2,000 words. I might even tweak the title.

You learn a lot the more you publish. I’ll take those learnings to make what I already have better.

Once I’m done, I’ll republish them and see what happens.

Craft

Craft is the creative work I’ll be performing. And I don’t mind telling you, it’s ambitious.

Fiction – 20,000 words

I had originally planned to do something closer to 32,500 words. When combined with my blog writing, that would have put me somewhere around 500 words a day.

Now, I’m coming off of a quarter of 14,000 words. That would be more than double.

I’m a fast writer, and I could have probably pulled that off, but I had to ask myself why? What’s the rush?

I followed my advice and decided instead to go slow and steady. I think in the end that’ll keep me free of the most dangerous misstep of them all, burn out.

Storygrid My Other Drafts

I have about 3 books worth of words from past Nanowrimos. Truth be told, I like these stories. BUT, they’re rough. Like real rough.

I happened upon Storygrid this past 90 days. It’s a methodology for fiction editing. They have a website and a book if you’re interested.

I liked the system. I read the book. Even listen to their podcast.

I’ll be taking one of those old books and start the process of figuring out where it works and where it doesn’t. Should be fun!

But honestly, it’ll probably just create a pile of more work for me. Either way, it’s happening in Q4.

Blog Promotion

Sharing my work!

Medium – 10 posts

Already told you about this. Can’t wait.

Pinterest – 1,200 pins (¼ are mine)

As I said, I got Tailwind for this quarter, which is a Pinterest scheduler. I’m pretty excited about this!

This quarter I’ll post 1,200 pins to my account, and a quarter of them will be mine!

For some idiotic reason, it never occurred to me that I could have more than 1 pin per blog. You can! So I’ll be doing that!

Good times ahead.

But for real, Pinterest is helping me, so I’ll be doubling down!

Spanish

My language journey has taken a turn! I’m ditching the raw hour count. No more, 300 hours a year or whatever. Instead, I’m refining how I use my time. I’ve been trialing this over Q3, and I think it’s working pretty well.

It breaks down like this:

Reading – 390 minutes

Speaking – 390 minutes

Fluency Journal – 2,600 words

A fluency journal is just a personal diary I keep in Spanish. I write in it a couple of times a week, and it’s just whatever crosses my mind. No corrections, no judgment, just me trying with the language.

FSI Course – 1,300 minutes

I’m still pushing through FSI’s Basic Spanish Course. Almost to lesson 30! 25 to go.

Spanish TV – 780 minutes

Just watching TV!

Self Betterment

Same as last quarter. If you want details on exactly what I’m doing here, especially with the daily affirmations, check back at last quarter where I better explain all of this nonsense.

Meditation – 65 times

No time limit, just do it!

Gratitude Journal 65 times

5 things I’m grateful for. Some big, some little.

Daily Affirmations 65 times

What I want to happen, 15 times in a row.

Recap

Not going to lie to you. This is a pretty ambitious schedule. I, of course, said that last time. Honestly, I say that every time.

But this time I mean it. The writing alone will test me. Especially when you account for the holidays.

But you know what, no guts, no glory. And what’s the worst thing that could happen?

Alright, let’s finish off 2019 strong. Let me know your own goals for the next 90 days.

And until then, can’t wait to check back in 2020!

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