8 Things I Plan On Tracking This Year

2021 is right around the corner and it’s time to become more responsible with goal setting and time commitments. Here are 8 things everyone should track in the new year.

things to track in the new year

I’m a list maker. I’ve mentioned this about 6 million times over the years I am sure. It’s the only way I’m able to get through this crazy thing called life.

As a writer, I have dozens of contracts opened at once. That means there are a lot of people that hold me accountable and those requests come to me from every angle. There is no structure. There are no guarantees. I live in a constant state of chaos.

And you know what? Lists balance me. They ease my worries. They help me feel like I have some sense of control over it all.

what to track

Yesterday was the first day that I really sat down and started to look at the upcoming year as a whole. I thought about how I wanted to walk into this new year? Manage my upcoming workflow? And if there was anything that could change from the current year’s process that would create a simpler day?

I came up with a few solutions – all doable. Here’s a quick rundown of my grand plan. Just so you know, I bought a simple day planner that has pages filled with empty lines. I’m using that one book to house most of this information.

8 Things I Plan On Tracking This Year

  1. Incoming gig income on a daily basis: I tend to do this regularly, but I am going to really stay on top of this. I want to see WHEN I earn my money. Do I get most gigs in quarter one? Is February normally snow? I can’t tell you this information historically because I’ve never really tracked anything in a timely fashion. I know what I’ve made for the YEAR…but not broken down by a particular quarter/month/season. This year, I want to understand trends.
  2. Draft due dates: I am horrible at this. When are projects due? I need to get a better grasp of deadlines so I can stop being last minute Nelly working during the 11th hour all the time.
  3.  Side hustles: I used to always have several streams of incoming going at once. I’ve gotten a bit lazy with this. Need to step up my game.
  4. Food intake: This is going to be hard for me because I am not a huge fan of being conscious of what I eat. I hate that I am in my 40s! WAH! I downloaded a food tracker and plan on punching everything in as I go along throughout the day.
  5. Water intake: My goal is to drink 5 big glasses of water a day. MEGA for me because I am made up of 95% tea. I also want to get my kids into this habit. Water is a personal goal for the upcoming year.
  6. A budget for the house: A huge goal I have for my family is to own several pieces of commercial property over the next ten years. The only way to do that is to SAVE.
  7. Time kids spend on electronics: The children need to spend LESS time online (me too).
  8. Social media numbers: I recently went onto YouTube and saw that I had over 20,000 followers. Had NO CLUE! I don’t really upload much anymore ever since Bill said he wasn’t interested in being filmed and so I stopped checking. However, that was a nice number to hit. I was excited to see it. I think that once a month, I am going to do a sweep across all channels and see how I am doing, where the biggest increases were and attempt to figure out why they occurred.

That’s it for now! What did I miss? Are you planning on tracking anything this year that I did not include? Would love to hear. There’s always room for another list.

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