Good Intentions for the New Year

plansandgoals2020I know what you’re thinking: Tracey, what the literal hell? It’s nearly a week into the year already and you’re just now coming out with your plans and goals for 2020?

And you know what? I get it! I really do! It doesn’t set a great precedent, taking so long to even start talking about your plans, right? Absolutely.

But here’s the thing, my lovely, sweet, summer children:

2020 has hit me like a motherfucking ten-ton truck straight between the eyes.

Believe me when I say that between the sinus cold, the full-day travelling for work, the massive inner ear infection, and the thirteen-hour work days, this is the first chance I’ve had to even attempt to write this post. And the only reason I’m even writing it now, instead of collapsing into bed and letting my poor, burning eyeballs rest, is because tomorrow I have to do my first weekly update post! Kinda hard to do an update post when you haven’t yet written the post that’s being updated on.

So, ignoring for the time being that the thread of sanity I’m currently clinging to is pulled tighter than a bowstring, let’s take a look at what I’ve decided to put my focus into for 2020.

Goal #1: Be Healthier

  • Eat better (and less)
  • Drink more water
  • Get more exercise
  • Lose 2 lbs per month

“Be healthier” is the overall idea, but it seemed a little too vague for my sense of requiring something to track, so I came up with a few specific items to focus on. This one might seem a bit cliche, honestly, but it is actually something I want to start paying more attention to. I was doing really well for a while there when I was working the shutdown in the Fall, but I kinda fell apart once I went home and started in on the holidays and whatnot. I want to try to turn that back around, because I’ve definitely been feeling the failure physically lately.

The first three bullets ultimately lead to the fourth, which is the main part of my goal. Weight, of course, isn’t always the most important factor, but in my particular case I have gained weight and want to shed it again. Plus losing some weight will help significantly with the overall health factor.

Goal #2: Be an Author

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year
  • Promote published books
  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content
  • Work on Author social media

For my word count goal this year I’m repeating my 500k goal from last year. I could probably go higher, since I was so close to hitting that goal in 2019, but I wanted to stay reasonable and I didn’t want to take away too much from other goals. Writing is incredibly important to me, but there are other things that I want to focus on as well.

The word count part of this section is obviously the big one, but I also want to start putting more work into self-promotion, as well as the community aspect through social media. More followers equals more potential readers, after all.

And finally, I also intend to upload Patreon only content for lovely folks who want to support me just because they’re awesome.

Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

  • Film/edit/upload
  • Promote and Interact (Social Media)
  • Expand website content

Let’s face it; I haven’t been a very good YouTuber for ages now. There have been excuses, some good, some pathetic, but the long and short of it is that I just haven’t been doing it. In the coming year I want to start carving out time to ensure that videos are filmed, edited, and uploaded, and to regularly promote the channel and interact with the community through social media. Alongside that, I intend to take a more firm hold of the channel website, catch up on video-related posts, and start creating a variety of other content to entice visitors with.

Goal #4: Be Fun

  • Read 50 books throughout the year
  • Play video games
  • Watch shows/movies

The least important in many ways, but the most important in some ways, my final overall goal for 2020 is to have fun doing things I love doing. The most specific one is the reading one, since it coincides with my Goodreads 2020 Challenge, but the overall intention for the goal is: Read – Play – Watch. Because, after all, all work and no play makes Tracey a homicidal maniac.

That is how that saying goes, right?

And there we have it, easy as 1-2-3….and also 4, I suppose. It took me nearly a week to get here, but I officially have a recorded and shared list of goals for 2020, all shiny and new and waiting for me to hop on them. Now, if I could just get rid of these blasted ailments… *cough cough ; snort snort; dead*

Did you make any goals for 2020? Any plans to do marvellous things? Any thoughts on where the New Year is headed? Let me know in the comments!

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