So here we are. It’s December — the final month of the most craptastic year of my life. Nonetheless, I’m determined to make the most of this month and finish the year strong.

Here’s how you can, too.

November Reflections

Before I start goal setting and planning for December, I need to take a look back at November. And I recommend you do the same.

To be honest, I hardly accomplished any of my goals for the month, yet I still feel like November was a win. Let me explain.

One of my goals for November was to #BlogLikeCrazy, or publish a new blog post every day. I did accomplish this goal and best of all several members of the See Jane Write community also blogged like crazy and grew closer to other members in the process. That alone was enough for me to count November as a success.

I did relaunch See Jane Freelance (enrollment closes today at 11:59 p.m. CT).

I started working on the See Jane Write Collective member directory but I didn’t complete it. And I didn’t send a story pitch to Zora.

I also didn’t accomplish my BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS GOAL of having my first five-figure month, but I came really close, bringing in $8,982.

This was one of those months where I shot for the moon and missed but I’m okay because I landed among the stars.

December Dreaming

You may find that’s it’s good to do a brain dump this month.

Last week I did a brain dump of all the things —big and small— I’d like to do this month. This included goals for 2020 I’d like to complete, tasks that will help set me up for success in 2021, and fun stuff I’d like to do, too. From the December Dreaming brain dump, I chose 4 goals for the month.

  1. Deep clean and de-clutter my entire home.
  2. Submit my book manuscript to She Writes Press.
  3. Prepare 10 pitches to submit in January.
  4. Read 8 books.

December Tiny Tasks

The rest of the items from my December Dreaming brain dump I added to a list I’m calling December Tiny Tasks. These are things I think I can squeeze in as I work on my four big goals. But my big four goals are my priority. Accomplishing anything on the Tiny Tasks list is just a bonus.

If you decide to make a Tiny Tasks list, too, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get everything on that list checked off.

Treat Yourself

After you set your goals and tiny tasks for December, also be sure to decide how you will reward yourself.

I’ll reward myself with leggings and lingerie (currently my favorite things to purchase) as I clean my house, write pitches, read books, and check off things on the Tiny Tasks list.

If I submit my book manuscript to She Writes Press — something I’ve been putting off for THREE YEARS — I’m going to reward myself with a new car. Seriously.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see how my month is going.

What are your goals for December?