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Are you reaching your Freelance Writing Goals?

At the beginning of the year I made a few posts about setting freelance writing goals. This past weekend I took a closer look at my list, and was surprised at what I saw: at this point, I am only on track to complete about one third of the goals that I set forth in January. As you can imagine, this is quite disappointing. After all, when you work hard day in and day out you expect to reach your goals. Unfortunately, this does not always happen for one reason or the next.

Things Change

The number one reason that I am off track is that my freelance writing workload has changed drastically since January. Not only do I have more steady clients, but I have also picked up a few large jobs. In turn, I have been left with less time for the projects that I thought I would be able to complete. It is obvious that I made the decision to move forward with these new projects as opposed to staying on track with the goals that I set for myself. Is there anything wrong with this? Some would say yes, some would say no. While I do not like scrapping goals, it is never as hard when you have new ones to chase that are every bit as desirable.

Should I Keep Chasing Old Goals?

Even though many goals that I set have been abandoned, the question remains: should I keep chasing them in the long run? The best way to answer this question is to look over each goal, and decide how important it is to you. I did just that this weekend, and found that some goals were worth keeping on my list whereas others were best left off for now.

Of course, when you get rid of old goals because your vision has changed, it is important to add new ones. After all, you need something to chase after, right? Without goals, you will go through the year not knowing what you want to accomplish.

I strongly urge you to take a look at the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of 2008. Hopefully you did a better job than me of staying on track. If you didn’t, there is a good chance that your workload and vision has changed over the first few months of the year. 


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