On our road to daily writing, we’ve outlined the idea of setting a time to write every day and sticking to it. While we are creating that daily habit for ourselves, we can do additional things to help us succed. We need some benchmarks, some stars to shoot for, we need some goals.
Goals are great because they give you a target to shoot for. Think of it this way, would you rather wander the woods in hopes of reaching civilization or would you want the assistance of a GPS or a map? Give me the map! And, aren’t sports and games more entertaining when something is on the line? Who wants to watch a football game without the touchdowns? And remember, your writing goals should be S.M.A.R.T
Specific- Make sure you know exactly what your goal is. “I want to write more today” is an OK goal but it isn’t specific enough. “I’m going to write for 30 minutes without interruption.” Or, “I’m going to write 3,000 words today.” These are specific goals that are..
Measurable- Did you write for 30 uninterrupted minutes or did you stop to check Instagram and Twitter? Did you reach those 3,000 words or did you cut it short at 2500? Smart goals need to be measurable so you can pat yourself on the back or adjust your activities or goals for next time.
Attainable- Setting a goal of 7,000 words an hour is not a smart goal for me. It’s a specific goal, and it is definitely measurable, but it probably isn’t attainable for an average keyboard pounder like myself. Make sure your goals stretch you a bit, but they have to be attainable.
Relevent -Your goals should make sense to you and your projects.
Timely- Simple enough. Give yourself a deadline. It doesn’t have to be something that wrecks your nerves with angst and anticipation. But your goal needs to have a time frame for completion.
Goals. set them, reach them, and celebrate with a big old bowl of ice cream.
~ Write on