New Year’s Resolutions: 6 Ways to Stick with Writing Goals (Alicia Sparks)
1. Determine your writing goals.
2. Write resolutions related to those goals.
3. Make sure you can outline specific steps for your goals.
4. Be realistic as you write your resolutions.
5. Ask for help.
6. Reward yourself.
How to Set SMART Writing Goals (Dustin Wax)
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Why Writers Must Set Goals And Track Progress (And How to Get it Done) (Tracy O’Connor)
Be faithful in tracking your progress and be sure to check in regularly to see what you’ve done and what remains. It’s important not to beat yourself up over a lack of progress, instead look at it as an opportunity to troubleshoot and look for ways to improve your performance. Give yourself a pat on the back for all you’ve done and reward yourself for milestones. Staying motivated comes from feeling good about what you’ve accomplished and making the decision to look at valleys and setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow.
The most important thing you’ll write this year is a list of goals. …
A few things to keep in mind about your goals during the process:
• Write them down and keep a copy where you can see it every day
• Don’t commit to anything you don’t truly believe you can accomplish
• Keep them to a minimum
• Make sure your expectations are realistic
• Don’t give up when you fail temporarily
…I reviewed my goals for the year and saw that I was moving fairly steadily toward each one. Mostly that made me happy.
But two goals I’m moving toward make me uneasy. I realized I really didn’t want to reach those goals. They were things “the experts” said I needed to do to be a successful writer, but they appeal to me less and less, the closer I get to the goals.
My writing goal this year is to finish a rough draft of a book I started a couple years ago.
My personal goal is to de-clutter my home. And drink more water.
Care to share your goals for 2012?