Brad Strickland repeats some terrific advice on his blog http://kenmckea.blogspot.com Do three things daily to advance your writing or your work. If you think about it, that's about a thousand steps a year. Quite a bit can be accomplished if those steps are well-directed.
I plan to up the ante, though, returning to a little game I played years back, called Five. I'd had a five-year plan, in fact, and worked with daily lists of five. The trouble was, I'd stumbled on so many different fronts that my lists were too dispersed: I needed a new job in a new city, a decent apartment, good furniture and clothes, etc. I needed to get back in shape. I needed a new circle of friends. As you can imagine, five years turned into six...then seven...and then eight...and on till I stopped with the practice of five. I never stopped struggling, I never stopped writing, I never stopped sending out queries--but I abandoned the practice of Five.
Brad's inspired me to return to it...and this time to narrow my focus. Right down to the head of a pin. Five things daily, without fail, related to my writing, publishing online and starting to build more momentum. The main step, taken daily--ah, these multiples of five!--will be getting 500 words down on paper. I must also work daily at strengthening my presence on Twitter, Facebook, and various book forums, etc.
Soon I'll record a sample log for one week, either here or on Brad's blog. Brad liked the concept of Five, but suggested 3 daily writing goals and 2 daily personal goals. I like the idea of the two personal goals...but will hold fast to five for the writing. At this point in my life, 1825 steps a year appeals to me more than a thousand. And 730 personal steps may help put a still bigger smile on my mug. So, seven is heaven, though I'll call it Five.
Stay tuned for occasional updates.