I love goal setting. As a writer with a full-time job, I need to be balanced and set deadlines and goals in order to move forward and grow both in my professional career and my writing career. In the past, I would use a calendar to write monthly goals for myself from month-to-month but I've noticed that this usually makes me feel rushed, stressed, and often I don't end up meeting all of my goals. So, I've decided to take a page out of Kristen Martin's book and set bi-monthly goals from here on out. I've set ten goals for myself and in order to succeed, I would like to meet at least eight of these goals.
November/December 2017 Goals:
- Win NaNoWriMo
- Finish New Freebie by November 8, 2017
- Release a new Blog Post every Sunday
- Release a new Blog Post to the Resource Library every Saturday (You can get instant access to my Resource Library for email subscribers by signing up here.)
- Read at least four books
- Attend at least two painting classes
- Exercise at least three days a week
- Journal Daily
- Finish Secret Project by the end of December
- Book Four Clients (You can check out my editing and formatting services here.)
Do you struggle to set attainable goals in your life? Where do you see your author career in a year? What about in five years? Setting short-term goals, like I did above, are a great way to help you meet those long-term goals. How do you do this?
A good tip is to set SMART goals. These are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely goals. I've included a handy graphic down below that goes into detail about each category.
However, If you want three quick tips, I recommend you:
Be Specific: Instead of simply setting a generic goal like "writing" be specific and say "write three times a week" or "write two hundred words a day".
Set a Timeframe: Are you setting monthly goals, bi-monthly goals, or quarterly goals? It's helpful to set small attainable goals like write fifty thousand words for your next novel over the course of two months than to just say you want to write a novel. This way your goal is time-bound and easily measurable and while still being realistic.
Do a Self-Review: It's easy to have good intentions and set goals, but its also easy to forget about them. Thus, I recommend setting monthly goal-checks and reevaluating your past goals everytime you set new ones. This way you can adapt and revise your goals as necessary so you can make sure you're doing everything possible to further your writing career.
I hope this blog post was helpful and that by looking at my goals and the guidelines I use to set them you can set easy and attainable goals on your writing journey. Do you have any additional tips for goal-setting? What goals have you set for yourself? I would love to hear from you down below!
Until next time!