Why I’m Not Making 2019 Goals (And What I am Doing Instead)

It’s that time again! Everyone is talking about year-end reflections and making resolutions and goals for 2019. However, in 2017, I stopped making goals (or resolutions for the new year, and here’s why:

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Several years ago, I switched from making “resolutions” to making “goals.” It was more of a mindset and perspective thing, but it made a difference for me. I did my best to make those goals specific and measurable, and in doing so, I made great strides in accomplishing my goals.

Nevertheless, I sometimes get overwhelmed looking at the whole year and everything I want to do. (Anyone else?) The last couple of years, especially, have been a challenge for me. There were a lot of constant changes which affected how I was able to work on or achieve my goals. Not being able to reach certain goals made me feel like failure. Some goals were dropped altogether. So, by October 2016, I knew I needed to make a change.

Thus, for 2017 I decided to stop making yearly goals, and instead, I  made an outline. I sat down and wrote a broad outline of the things I wanted to accomplish for the year and as the year progressed, I filled in the gaps monthly and quarterly.

For 2018, I did the same. I created an outline of the goals/tasks/etc. that I wanted to do for the year. Then, what made an even more difference, I added those tasks to my calendar. It helped me know what I was going to do, and when. I revisited my calendar quarterly and made changes accordingly.

Did I drop the ball or have to change (or forego) things that I wanted to do? Sure, but by using the calendar, I felt like I was in control of my calendar/life, rather than it controlling me. And, that was the KEY for me in using the calendar: CONTROL. It has allowed me to be so much more intentional in how I live my life!

Now, going forward for 2019, I am going to do the same. I am going to plan, create an outline of what I want to do/accomplish for 2019, and then I am going to add the action steps to my calendar. Of course, I am going to revisit the calendar at least quarterly, if not monthly and revise as needed.

It’s simple, doable, and just what I need to keep moving forward!

FYI: In that vein, after today, I am officially on my yearly “sabbatical” for the next 2 1/2 weeks. 🙂 That means no posts, no newsletters, no “Monday Marketing Moments,” or “Friday Freebies until about January 2nd.  (I may jump in on occasion but don’t count on it!)

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Get Your Free “Self-Publishing Ninja Checklist”

My mentor, Kristen Joy has put together a “Self-Publishing Nina Checklist” and it is awesome! It is a 14 page organized checklist that will help you, step-by-step, to publish your book. The checklist covers everything from headshots to ISBNs to editing, to covers and more.

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And, guess what? She is offering it for free when you sign up for her email list. Good deal, that. I can’t believe she isn’t charging for this. Trust me, the “price” of your email address is well worth it; not just for the checklist but for all the other great content she shares as well.

As for me, I am in the process of writing a grammar guide and plan to use this checklist when I am ready to publish. If you are in the process of writing a book or just about ready to get it published, I highly recommend you snag a copy of the checklist!

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Simple Trick for Keeping Track of Online Passwords

As an author/solopreneur, there is no doubt that you spend a large amount of time online. Nowadays, we have to, right? Therefore, with all the websites and forums we belong to comes the task of keeping track of many different passwords.

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Some people handle this task by having only one password for all the sites they belong to. But, that’s *not* recommended. If, heaven forbid, one of the websites get hacked, the hacker would have access to any and all websites with that password.

A better way to keep track of your passwords is to use a service such as LastPass. LastPass remembers all of your passwords and all you need to remember is one – the password to LastPass. But this isn’t a good option for everyone. What if you lose access to LastPass for whatever reason?

In addition, as someone who has had her computer crash (3 times!), I don’t like to rely completely on LasPass or other online password service. Consider me old fashioned, if you must, but I really like the idea of keeping track of my passwords offline. And my simple, offline trick for keeping up with passwords is this:

Use a good-old address book

You know the kind: the physical book with tabs lettered A-Z for writing in peoples names and address. Yep. Each letter represents the name of the website, and on the other lines I write in the username, password, and any other information, such as security questions and answers.

I have been keeping track of my passwords like this for years and it works like a charm. I keep the book near the computer for quick updating. Yes, the initial task of entering in the information is a little time consuming, but worth it in my opinion.

The only drawback is that if you change your passwords every 6-8 months (and you should), it can get kind of messy. I get around this by using a larger-sized address book and writing small. 🙂

Now tell me, how do you handle your passwords? Do you use an online tracker or do you have your own offline system? Do share in the comments.

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