My “success journals” are a crazy jumble. I am terrible at keeping track of my successes. Am too chaotic to make good use of online media to even track submissions. Etc. I am constantly surprised by invitations to read in books I forgot I was even accepted in. Sigh.
Do you have a success journal? Are you writing in it regularly? Do you know what a success (or achievement) journal is?
It can be a small notebook, a sticky pad, a bookmark with blank lines, anything that will allow you to keep track of daily, weekly, and monthly accomplishments. A success journal is a useful way for any self-employed writer to stay on top of daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
By having the goals written out each week (I do my weekly list of goals on Sunday nights), it’s easy to not only check off the tasks as they are accomplished, but it’s easy to list some of the ones that took extra effort, as successes.
As 2012 comes to an end, I admit that I haven’t kept my list of successes up-to-date on a regular basis. In fact, I don’t even have a journal per se.
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