Procrastination and Goal Setting (Penny Rader)

Yup. I have procrastinated about writing my goals for 2010. Who am I kidding? I’ve been procrastinating about writing…period. I thought I’d share the fruits of my procrastination with you. Maybe you’ll find a helpful tidbit or two or five.

5 Steps to Goal Setting

“…don't set wimpy goals simply because you're afraid to fail.”

9 Ways to Jumpstart Your Writing Goal

#6 has my name all over it.

Are You Achieving Your Writing Goals?

“If you didn’t meet some of your goals last year, here are some questions that you need to answer honestly, so that you do this time around.”

Baby Steps; Giant Results!

“The idea is to think big but to start small. You're full of optimism right now and you're setting big goals, but don't lose perspective.” (This article mentions the year 2004, but I think it’s okay to substitute the current year.)

Establish Effective Writing Goals

“The distance between where we are and where we want to be often seems insurmountable. Establishing effective goals can help close that perceived gap. Baby steps. Bird by bird.”

Goals and New Year's Resolutions -- How Copywriters Can Get the Most Out of Them

“Don’t just have three or four points below the main goal. Keep breaking them down until you can’t get any more specific….These specific steps give you the opportunity to take the smallest steps towards meeting your goals.”

How to Get There from Here: The Magic of Goals

"There is no failure in fighting and losing if you get up and fight again. There is only failure in quitting -- in walking away and leaving your dreams to die."

If You Write It, It Will Come - 10 Goal Setting Techniques to Use When Writing Down Your Goals

“You must re-write your goals regularly. Just like we as people change over time, so will our goals. Make it a habit to re-write your goals as often as you can. Take this opportunity to update your goals and make them even more specific. Feel free to rephrase goals you have yet to achieve as sometimes that makes all the difference.”

A Map to Your Goals

“…goal mapping gives our brains a picture of what our goal looks like – and what the steps to achieving that goal look like as well.”

Procrastination and Goals

"Do or do not do." "Dare greatly."

September Goal Setting Workshop

“Goal setting isn’t just about making a New Year’s Resolution that gets forgotten, or looking glumly back at the person you thought you would become. It’s about defining your desires. It’s about creating a map to the person you want to become and the life you want to lead.”

Setting Effective Writing Goals

“…source of sidetracking is the pursuit of someone else's goals or recommendations for ‘success.’"

What goal setting tips and tricks have been most useful for you?


Reese Mobley said...

Penny, you never fail to amaze me with all your great links. So, which one inspires you the most? I enjoyed reading them all.

I feel like I wasted 2009 so this year I vow to do more writing and so far I have. I feel like I'm back in control of my career again. That is empowering!

Penny Rader said...

Hi Reese!

I got something out of each of the links. Love the name of If You Write It, It Will Come because I've been struggling, worrying, etc that the words just won't come.

I also like A Map to Your Goals because I'm very visual. I've collaged inspirational pics and words on my writing notebooks and can't wait to make one that is story specific.

Baby Steps also spoke to me because I've gotten out of the writing habit. Baby steps just may make it less overwhelming to try again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Becky A said...

Hey Miss Penny,
Setting wimpy goals has never been my problem. I tend to bite off more than I can chew and I'm not very good at mapping it all out. My plan is to just take one day at a time and do all that I can do for that day, aiming toward the end result I desire. That way I don't have this huge amount of pressure sitting on my head.

To quote a truly famous book, "So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble."

And if I do all that I know to do for each day, I'm content. Thanks for all the great resources.

Marie Tuhart said...

Penny, great blog and I love the links. I'm one of the goal setting types, I do several of them. I have an overall goal list of what I want to accomplish for the year, then I have monthly goals, and weekly goals. I also have a daily to-do sheet which I just started using this year and its really helped keep me on track and I love those check marks at the end of the day.

Penny Rader said...

Hi Becky! If your system works for you, great! Keep doing what you're doing. I do need a bit of a deadline. Not tomorrow deadlines, though. Those deadlines are too soon. :D

Penny Rader said...

Hi Marie! Thanks for visiting. How is your daily goal sheet set up? I love being able to cross stuff off my list. :D

Barbara Rae Robinson said...

A great bunch of links! I checked out every one of them. I'll pick a method and get to work on writing down my goals. I was especially intrigued by Tony Robbins. I have several of his books and haven't looked at them in years. Sigh. More to read.


Penny Rader said...

Hi Barbara! I'm glad you dropped by. I haven't read the Tony Robbins books yet. So many books, too little time. It just boggles my mind when people tell me they don't like to read -- I just can't get enough of reading. I think I'm addicted. :D

Rox Delaney said...

GREAT links, Penny! As always. :)

There were two new (kind of) things I brought away after reading them, and they're both something that will help us all.

The first is to keep your life and other commitments in mind when setting goals. Those include work demands, family demands, and the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day and we need sleep. Unplanned for things get in the way, too, and can't be planned for, but if they do come along, don't beat yourself up over not being able to reach goals. The best thing to do then is to re-assess what can be kept and what can't. The ones that can't can always be put aside for the next year or whenever the other goals are met.

I love the other one I saw! Reward yourself. VERY important! It doesn't have to be anything big, just something enjoyable. A banana split, an evening of watching movies, reading a book (or books), maybe even pampering with a nap over the weekend. Mine is usually to read a book, and I always have one picked out. The problem is, this time I have 5 waiting for me to read!

Good job, everyone! Slow and steady and, yes, baby steps. And don't get down on yourself if those small goals aren't always met. Step back, take a deep breath and blow it out, then give the goal another try.

Beth Trissel said...

Excellent advice/links. Something here for everyone. Even me. :) Thanks!

P.L. Parker said...

When I have more time tonight, I'm going to follow the links and read more. Good post and I'm anxious to read more.

Marie Tuhart said...


My daily goal sheet is really simple set up. I have in excel, and it's basically #1, #2, etc. Then I write (or type) in what needs to be accomplished, then I have a box that I can put a check mark in.

Shawna Thomas said...

Wow, Penny. I'm impressed. These are some awesome links. I tend to make my goals something I have control over. IE: Finish and submit four MS, instead of publish four MS. I have vague goals for the year, clear goals for the month and exact goals for the week/day. It helps snap me out of my innate tendency to procrastinate. : )

Great post!

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Penny, what a wonderful set of links and hnts and helps. I confess...all my years as a teacher where just about every minute of the day was planned before hand--I'm rather relishing my early retirement with hubby and kinda taking each day at a time.

I never slip up on deadlines though. I have a goal this year to get some inspirational proposals out so I guess that's a goal. Time-wise, I'm in the thinking-preplanning stages now.

Thanks for the food for thought!



Penny Rader said...

Good points, Rox. Baby steps seems to be my mantra this year. Note to self: allow time for unplanned life stuff and reward myself.

Hope you get to read those books soon!

Penny Rader said...

Good to "see" you, Beth. I'll take a cue from Reese and ask if you have a favorite tip.

Penny Rader said...

Hi P.L. Hope you found something in the links that works for you. Please share if you do. :D

Penny Rader said...

Thanks, Marie. Your daily list sounds easy enough to create. I can create simple charts, etc in Excel.

Penny Rader said...

Hi Lynne. I think it's definitely smart to make goals you have control over. You can control whether or not you write. I'm always suprised when I hear someone say their goal is to sell a book because you can't make a publisher buy your book. All you can do is write the best book you can and send it out.

Penny Rader said...

Hi Tanya! Those thinking and pre-planning times are crucial, imho. I hope you're enjoying your early retirement and I wish you all the best with your inspirational proposals.

Starla Kaye said...

Excellent, as always. Thanks. I'm one of those crazy people who set insane goals. Usually I manage to meet them, but not without great effort. Some day I'll figure out how to bite off smaller chunks and set lower goals. Some day...

Penny Rader said...

I don't know, Starla. Your system sure seems to be working for you. If it ain't broke.... ;D

Julie Robinson said...

WOW!!! Thank you so much for all these links.

As for myself, I've been lurking in Margie Lawson's Defeat Self-Defeating Behavior class. In it, she recommends not overwhelming my list with too many "To Do" items. Plus a whole lot of other useful advice. But overwhelming myself is a huge Self-Defeating Behavior for me, so the Baby Steps article really resonated.

Thanks for taking the time to put all these links up with a descriptive sentence for each. That took a lot of time.

Penny Rader said...

Welcome, Julie! I'm thrilled you found the links helpful. And I'm sooo jealous that you're taking a Margie Lawson class. ;D She has at least three online classes I'd love to take, but they usually fall at a time that's really bad for me. I may just have to break down and buy her lecture packets. She's guest blogged various places on some intriguing subjects, such as body language, and I check those out whenever I can.

Julie Robinson said...

I hope you don't mind, but I passed your post on to Margie's class. And you're right--the Body Language and most of her other classes come at the busiest time--like May! I may succumb too. I'd been waiting 3 years to take the one I'm in now 'cause January was already booked up.

Penny Rader said...

I don't mind at all, Julie! One of her classes usually falls during tax season...and I work for an accounting firm. :D

Pat Davids said...

Penny, Penny, Penny.
You are a genius at finding informative links. I don't know how you do it.

Nina Sipes said...

Penny, You're a love! I went to one of the links and it answered a question I've been persuing like a demon for several years!! Thank you, Thank yOU, Thank YOU.