May Goals–Shot to Smithereens!

Before you ask, I don’t know what a smithereen is either, but in this context it means the bulk of my bright ideas for the month went up in smoke.

Just to recap:

Writing goals:

1. Finish Cat Lady (Ha!)

2. Keep up with my blog posts (worked fine once I cut a couple of blogs out.)


1. Finish two current jobs (well, I got half of it.)

2. Work ten pages a day on difficult job (refunded a percentage instead.)


1. Distribution in Bryan (the best I did was get it into the library. I kept missing the manager of the local Christian Bookstore.)

2. Increase online presence (can’t complain too much about this one, especially with paid ads on two sites.)

3. Send out flyers (check–except I realized I don’t have much of a network to send flyers out to.)


At least three books a month (check!)

I can’t call the month a complete bust, though. After trying to meet my goals, I realized my plate was simply too full. With my other responsibilities, there was no possible way to do everything I’d planned. Cutting down on the workload was the best thing I’ve ever done. So, to put things in a more positive light:

Writing Goals:

I’m closer to finishing Cat Lady than I was, and the blogs I kept I maintained regularly. Can’t complain about that!


I did finish one manuscript, and lightened my load so I could do a better job on the other. One hit out of three gives me a .333 batting average. Any slugger would be happy with that.


Like I said, I bought a couple of ads–one of which increased membership on my Facebook Fan Page. Friday, I’ll discover whether that translates into sales. Also, not only did I place a book in the Bryan Library, I also got one in the Temple Library. Will that result in sales? Probably not. Will it help with name recognition? We’ll see, but it’s worth a try. As far as the flyers are concerned, I sold two books that I know of using them, a sad 1%, but I realized I need to keep a better contact list. Lesson learned!


What’s there to say? The only goal launched with 100% success.

So, yeah, my goals were shot to smithereens, but I’m okay with it. Besides, it keeps me from having to write a whole new set for June!

Don’t forget!!!

The drawing for Give the Lady a Ride is Friday. If you’ve come to this post from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Goodreads, or any other site to enter the drawing, leave a comment and tell me where you found out about it. Regular readers of my blog can enter too–just leave a comment telling me you’re interested!

Peppermint hugs and candy-cane kisses!

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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5 Responses to May Goals–Shot to Smithereens!

  1. Joanne Sher says:

    ANY progress is progress. SO glad you can see that. Goals are hard. You STILL did great 🙂

    I’ll be giving my report on the 1st 🙂


  2. Linda Yezak says:

    I’m not complaining much about my month, but I sure hope you did better than I did!


  3. K.M. Weiland says:

    Just as a point of interest: a smithereen is a very small particle of something. Most people believe the word comes from the Irish smidirin, which means “small fragment.” Sorry you didn’t reach all your goals, but there’s always next month!


  4. Some goals met are better than none. Ever hear of the $25,000 dollar oraganization theory? List three things you need to do above your regular maintenance schedule. Number them from one to three. If you only get one done a day, you’ve gotten the most important done. The next day, move two up to one and three up to two and add a third. By the end of the week you will have accomplished 7 of the most important things. Multilpy this by 4 weeks – and look what is accomplished without the stress of trying to do too much. It works. I use it all the time. Good luck on your list during this next month. And, Oh yeah, don’t forget to take time to smell the roses. That is important too.


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