How’s your book going? Your first-quarter reflection

The first three months of the year are complete: it’s time to pause, reflect, and adjust your course with your book plans. This isn’t about judgement, chastising yourself, awarding gold stars, or marking your performance. It’s about taking a moment to step back, smile, and adjust the shape of things as you need to. It’s best to do this away from your usual workspace: physical distance helps you get better perspective. And as ever, I recommend that you work on paper.



What’s gone well in the last three months? What are you pleased with? What did you discover you’re good at?


What are you disappointed about? What did you hope to do that didn’t happen? What have you struggled with?


Look at the Yay! and the Ahh… What lessons can you draw from those? When things went well, what helped? How can you shape things to repeat that? When things went badly, what hindered? How can you shape things to avoid that or work around it?

Next step

Look at where you are now in your book plans. Look at your overall year’s plan or goal. What do you want to do in the next three months? Map out your next step(s) and break it down into the three months. Use this planning energy to book your writing time into your calendar and clear space for it, then when it comes to the actual writing, focus on the process more than the goals.

If you want structured support for the next three months, you can book yourself in for book coaching or the Springboard programme. If you’d like feedback and guidance on what you’ve done so far, book a review of your writing, drafts, or planning notes.

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