The holiday season is here again. Your writing goals may take a backseat. At this time of year, it’s probably all you can do to keep your writing business/ career going.
All your extra activities: shopping, entertaining, parties, and more, will eat into your writing time, and that’s as it should be.
However, do take a little time to plan between now and January.
Writing goals for 2019: what worked this year?
Start by assessing what worked for you this year.
What big successes did you have? Did you achieve the goals you set at the beginning of 2018?
Kudos to you for your successes. If you “failed” (you only fail when you stop trying), what did you learn? Most of us need to fail many, many times before we succeed. Your failures are pure feedback; they’ll be the stepping stones to your success.
Now let’s look at some tips for setting your writing goals for 2019.
1. Set writing goals which excite you
If your goals don’t excite you, you won’t strive to achieve them. Ask yourself: “what goal, if I achieved it, would be thrilling?”
Write down the question and answer it.
Writing stuff down is vital — don’t try to do this in your head.
Try journaling. Journaling can change your life. I’ve always found that when I journal, I not only get more done, I’m inspired too.
When you’re journaling, ideas will come more easily, and your motivation will grow.
Make a list of 20 goals you’d love to achieve, then choose three exciting goals on which you’ll work in 2019. Choosing too many goals can distract you.
Make one goal your primary goal: more on this in Tip 4.
2. Use baby steps: set 30 and 90 day goals
BIG, exciting goals like: sell 1,000 copies of my new novel, or make $100,000 in my blogging business in 2019, have many tasks you’ll need to complete.
Create a project for each goal, or several projects, then set deadlines for each one. Try setting milestone goals. These are way-stations to achieving your big goals: set deadlines for these milestone goals — 30 and 90 day deadlines work well.
Start setting deadlines by working backwards from your goal. Everything takes longer than you expect, sadly, so be aware of this.
Life tends to get in the way of our goals, and it’s frustrating. As soon as something happens to throw you off track, adjust your tasks to suit.
To be able to do this, you need a planner, which is our next tip.
3. Use a planner, digital or paper, and PLAN
Paper planners work best for me, but the type of planner you choose isn’t as important as your planning.
Review your planner often, at least once each day. I schedule a few minutes morning and evening, and often scan my planner during the day.
4. Select one primary goal: the goal that means the most to you
Aim to choose one primary goal for the year. I’ve had years with five big goals, and found that I was frazzled and stressed.
With just one primary goal, you’re more focused. Then when life gets in the way, you can spend a few minutes on a task related to the goal, and feel that you’re making progress.
Your writing goals must inspire you
What happens if you lose interest in a goal? That’s easy; forget that particular goal, and choose a new one.
Your goals will change, as you do. As long as your writing goals inspire you, you’re golden. Have fun with goal setting: choose big goals which will take you to the life you want to live.
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