Five Goals for my independent business

1. Work better alone. I work at home with all sorts of distractions. Even laundry can be a distraction if I’m that dead set against doing what I oughta. So I’ve instituted a timer system whereby I give myself blocks of half an hour. In each half hour I tackle something different on my to-do list for the day, whether it’s several pages of a manuscript I need to dive into and think about, or just reading some articles and scheduling tweets. Writing thank-you notes. Hammering out marketing copy. Filing. For half an hour at a time anything feels manageable.

2. Work better with others. Last November I bought myself 10 day passes to ThinkHouse Collective, a co-working space in downtown Sacramento. Working there gets me out of the ‘burbs, out of isolation, and into a community of other indie professionals. I resolve to keep attending events like Writers Who Wine, Editorial Freelancers Association, my alumni chapter activities, and informal schmoozes and hobnobs, to keep the creative juices flowing and the connections real.

3. Develop my niche. I’ve been an editor for eleven years and have a long time client relationship with a nonprofit press that publishes books for mental health professionals. So, now I want to be more proactive about finding additional clients who are writing and publishing in helping professions. Thus far I’ve been honored to work with clients in education, nursing, and church ministry.

4. Integrate. All experience is food for the soul and mind. I’m a parent, school volunteer, Girl Scout cookie mom, and church musician in addition to professional editor and writer. I’m interested in travel, culture, politics. I resolve to be open for any of these parts of my life to spin off into creative work or even, hey, editing a nonfiction book.

5. Write a(nother) book for NaNoWriMo. I wrote 50,000 words last November as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I was going for quantity, not so much cohesiveness of story line or even fiction. In the coming months I resolve to read last year’s NaNo and see if I can find an outline somewhere in there. That way, this November’s 50K words have somewhere to go.

National Novel Writing Month 2011 badge
I had a blast writing my 50K words last November.

What about you? What are your goals?