Blogger: Wendy Lawton
December is always the month for reflection as I begin to work on my goals for the coming year. I set goals in every area of my life– personal, professional and spiritual. I thought it might be fun for us to talk goals. Want to see my goals for a recent year?
Some of the specifics have been deleted but here are the goals I set:
Overall Professional Goals: Take ample time to dream and plan. This may be the most valuable thing I do. Otherwise I’m just shuffling papers and knocking out product.
Knowing this will still be a challenging year, I plan to work harder and smarter— concentrating my effort on published clients or projects with outstanding potential. Since I plan to concentrate my work blocks, I need to develop even better systems. I also need to control my day—being proactive instead of reactive.
- Reach a total advance level of $———–.
- Continue to develop a more systematic method for handling workload
- Continue to refine and maintain database and note systems— no longer relying on memory for anything.
- Update filing system by end January
- Continue to improve email management
- Handle email only once and process information in each email immediately—getting each task, proposal, and request in its proper place so that it can be easily acted upon or retrieved.
- Figure out a way to chart all client projects with ticklers for when clients will be ready to propose new ones.
- Maintain address book religiously.
- Deepen relationships with clients.
- Deepen editor friendships. Try to come up with some interesting ways to stay connected.
- Jump on opportunities and tips immediately.
- Develop at least one innovative selling tool
- Be proactive about developing projects rather than just waiting for the right projects.
- Continually brainstorm product extensions or connected projects
- Keep track of unsold rights and see if any can be exploited
- Keep track of any reprint possibilities
- Blog once every week.
- Work with our team to raise the Books & Such cachet in the industry
- Keep in touch with fellow agents, encouraging and nudging.
- Continue to use social media wisely and try to build my following so that I can use it to: build clients, build the agency and enhance my own platform.
- Make sure to share and retweet.
- Do a better job of acknowledging those who mention me. Suggest people to follow.
- Keep engaged on Facebook, trying to balance 1/3 professional, 1/3 personal, and 1/3 informational.
- Be prepared to set things aside if necessary in order to jump on new opportunities in this changing climate. If I don’t stay forward thinking the opportunities will pass me by and I will be an anachronism.
- Read trade articles to make sure I’m aware of emerging opportunities. Don’t let the minutiae of this job blind me to the big picture.
Biggest challenge: Keeping track of everything.
- Use Day Journal religiously
So. . . Those were my professional goals for that year. I also set goals for the other areas of my life. How about you? Will you be setting goals? Why or why not? Want to share some of those with us?