In my last two blogs, I started a discussion about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Last time, I wrote about the ‘S.’
Specificity is a solid start, but once you apply a NUMBER to your goal – it becomes measurable. Setting a quantity or making sure they are measurable allows you to track your progress, check in on yourself, and gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
A few examples for your writing:
Your main goal is to write a novel next year.
You’ve been more specific – Write one chapter per month. (This is the first number in your goal setting – let’s move to the next.)
On each weekday, you are going to write 350 words of the chapter (2nd measurable goal.)
With five weekdays in TWO weeks, you will have 3500 words to edit.
During the third week of the month, you will edit and eliminate 500 words – making your work clearer, cleaner, and more concise.
During the fourth week of the month, you will do another edit – your 3rd draft – and you will work on one editing step each day. The Steps are for Content, Construction, Style, Grammar, and Punctuation.
Setting these goals (One Chapter, 350 words per day for 10 days, editing to eliminate at least 500 words, a 3rd Edit) allows you to have daily, weekly, and a monthly goal. As the month progresses, you have these mini goals to check off, allowing you to feel accomplished.
In my next blog, we will look at making your goals ATTAINABLE.