I can’t believe that a month has passed already this year. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago that we were ringing in the New Year. Heck, I didn’t even take my holiday decorations down fully (I did it in spurts) until January 16, the day before I left to come back to Jamaica. Yeah, I’m back in paradise for a bit.
I don’t know about you, but I am severely behind on my freelance writing goals for this year. I mean SEVERELY!
Why I’m Off Track with My Freelance Writing Goals – How About You?
Systems, Systems, Systems: This is the main reason I’m off track. I’ve been putting some back-end systems and procedures in place that’s just taking more time than I’d planned. For example, I finally hired a part-time virtual assistant to handle certain tasks. He had to be trained. He’s in Jamaica; I’m in the states, so it made training a little hairy in the beginning.
Thank goodness he’s a smart kid who catches on quick, or it could have been a lot worse!
Hiring a VA Tip: Don’t underestimate the time it takes to train someone to do stuff YOUR way. I don’t care how smart they are or how quickly they catch on, there will always be something you need to teach them. This usually has to do with tailoring tasks to fit your business, not that the task in and of itself is complicated.
This has been time well spent though because it’s increased the orders from one of my minisites by over 50%.
Unexpected Project: I set up my own article marketing directory. I hadn’t planned to do this, but it was clearly evident that it was something that I needed to do. So, I just took the bull by the horns and did it.
Fun: As previously mentioned, I’m back in Jamaica for a little while. Every time I come, the first couple of weeks or so I do more hanging out than working. I’m purposely taking more leisure time here this time because when I go back home, it’ll be a while before I come back.
I worked really hard last year getting those 50 ebooks published on Amazon. So I feel I deserve a little fun.
So those are my reasons for falling behind on my freelance writing career goals. What are yours?
How to Get Back on Track with Your Freelance Writing Goals
I do have a plan to get back on track though. Following is how I’m going to tackle it.
Refocus: As I talk about in this post on how to keep your freelance writing goals, I fully realize that I’m off track. This is a big part of getting back on track, by the way. So when I get back home to the states – which will be very soon – I’m going to refocus. I don’t hang out nearly as much in the states as I do here in Jamaica, so this will be super easy. My work days will be 10 or 12 hours per day, instead of the 5-6 I’ve been putting in here in the Caribbean.
As an aside, the weather is PERFECT here in Jamaica this time of year. Warm, but not too hot with a nice ocean breeze; it makes it impossible to stay chained to a laptop all day! And I don’t even fight the urge not to.
Reorganize Goals: I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish this year. But as I’ve started working towards them, I’ve quickly come to realize that it’s going to be impossible to achieve them all. At least one is going to have to wait until next year. So I’m going to redo my goal list to be able to make the progress I need to make this year to reach my income goals.
Work Harder: As I said in the “Refocus” point above, my work days will almost double once I get back home. I’m quite frankly looking forward to it because I saw the progress I made last year. My income increased as a result, so I’m looking forward to building on this momentum, and I know it’s going to take hard work – which has never scared me. In fact, I enjoy it.
Do you have a plan of attack for getting back on track with your freelance writing goals? Share in the comments section below.
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