Prioritizing Personal Goals

In the constant search for work-life, writer-life, personal life balance, it's helpful to remember that personal and professional goals go hand in hand. When your personal life is going well, while it may not give you as much dramatic material, it does make your professional easier. The reverse is also true. 

On a recent GoalChatLive, I dove into the topic of Personal Goals with Erik Fisher, host and producer of Beyond the ToDo List; Nona Prather, an author and speaker booker; and Michaele Weissman, author of The Rye Bread Marriage, along with other books and articles. 

 The panel shared their takes on personal goals, what stops people from prioritizing them, tips for finding balance, and more.

What Are Personal Goals

  • Erik: Checking in with yourself
  • Nona: Quality of life
  • Michaele: Managing work and family effectively


  • Michaele: Beyond networking, find your core group of supporters. And let them know/show how much you appreciate them
  • Erik: Get more and better sleep
  • Nona: Do at least three things per day that stretch you a little

Watch Our Conversation:

Final Thoughts

  • Nona: Don’t let your goals scare you. There’s never a perfect time to do the things you want to do
  • Michaele: Now is the time
  • Erik: Maybe now isn’t the time. But still write down the things. Soon may be the time
Even if all you do is schedule one appointment a week to prioritize your personal goals - though I hope you do more - it will certainly make a difference in keeping you productive, healthy, and happy! 

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What are your wins for 2023? What wins are you planning for 2024? Please share in the comments. 

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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A goal-strategist, corporate consultant, and project catalyst, Debra offers personal and professional planning, event strategy, and team building for individuals, businesses, and teams. She is also the author of Write On Blogging and Purple Pencil Adventures; founder of Write On Online; host of  #GoalChatLive aka The DEB Show podcast and Taste Buds with Deb. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


Terry Whalin said...


I'm always looking for insights about how to find a better work/life balance. Your article is filled with practical information for every author. Thank you.

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Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks for your comment, Terry! Glad you found this helpful! - Deb

Karen Cioffi said...

Thanks for these tips on the work-life balance. I have to say, as someone with insomnia, I agree with Erik's advice to strive to get proper sleep. Itis key to just about everything.

Debra Eckerling said...

So true, Karen. A good night's sleep - or a needed nap - can make all the difference!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I can always count on your column for a nudge toward something I need! Thanks, Deb.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Debra Eckerling said...

You are so welcome, Carolyn! Thanks for reading!

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