I've added a new section to my month-end template, for "Goals for Coming Month", where I can add any short-term goals I might have for the current month.
Since I already did my December review post, I'll put my January goals here:
Do the cover illustration for Further Arrangements[finished 1/22/2016] Write the dedication and acknowledgements for Further Arrangements[finished 1/22/2016] Add publications to my author bio[finished 1/23/2016] Do some writing on a novel. (I am not fussy here. This can be writing the outline, or writing pages for it, or whatever. Can be any novel. Don't care. I basically haven't done any writing towards a novel since 2014, and want to do so again.)[Scratched this off 1/23/16: still plan to write more this month, but I've written 6 scenes for Birthright so hey, met the requirement.] Complete thirteen headers for RA. (This is less ambitious than it sounds, because I've already finished six since January 2.) [Edit: Finished this one on January 9.]
- Write weekly update posts about whatever I've been up to.
That seems like plenty enough goals for one month.
Edit: Bonus items!
Write the blurb for FA[This should've been on the list. Finished 1/22/16] Make a bullet-point-by-point scene estimate for Birthright[Finished 1/23/16] Grayscale illustrations for the title page of Further Arrangements and the three novellas[just variants on the cover illos].
Apparently that wasn't enough for one month?
Don't be getting any ideas about how productive you can be, self. This was an outlier! Also, too many items on the to-do list is will crush your soul. Modest goals I overshoot are much better than ambitious ones I miss.