Decide on One Thing You Want to Accomplish in January
This is the time of year where many of us start thinking about goals we want to accomplish in the upcoming year. Last year, I didn’t set any freelance writing goals, because the year before, I set so many and failed miserably at accomplishing them.
This taught me to set only one goal – if I set any at all. This allows me to have what financial expert Dave Ramsey calls “gazelle focus.” But here, I’m going one step further.
I’m asking you to think short-term; not even a year out. You see, when you have a whole year to accomplish something, it can cause you to put it off. But if you think …
Hmm, this is the ONE thing I want to accomplish within the next four weeks…
… then you’re much more likely to get to it.
Tasks to Complete to Advance Your Freelance Writing Career
So think, what is the one thing you can do to jumpstart/propel your freelance writing career in January? Is it:
Creating marketing materials (like free, downloadable ebooks, case studies, articles);
Figuring out how to price your services;
Creating a secondary income stream (eg, self-publishing ebooks);
Vetting 1-2 other freelance writers (outsourcing) to help out when you get busy;
Setting up social media accounts for your freelance writing business (most of us have personal SM accounts, but many of us don’t for our businesses);
Whatever it is, decide on it, then cross it off your list by January 31st.
Tip: Choose something you’ve been putting off forever. This way, when you finish this task, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment. And what an awesome way to start off the New Year, right?!
On a personal note …
I landed in Atlanta on the 19th, then went to North Carolina a few days later to visit my nephew, who’s in the Air Force, for Christmas. Now, I’m back in Atlanta for a bit before going back to Jamaica on New Year’s Day. This holiday has been filled with travel, which has been exhausting and brought on a nasty cold because my resistance was down.
While I love seeing my friends and family, especially during the holidays, I’m ready to get somewhere and sit down — for a few months at least!
I hope you’re enjoying this fun, festive time of year with friends and family. Happy 2nd Day of Kwanzaa, when the principle of self-determination is celebrated. The meaning of this principle is “To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.”
FYI, when you’re proactive — which is what the “Quick Tip for Freelance Writing Success” column is all about — you’re actually taking the necessary steps to determine your own destiny. What a great thing to celebrate, no? 🙂
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