On Setting Goals That Are Achievable

Sometimes, we chase after what we love with a fiery passion, but that fire can fade and dwindle until a project becomes unappetizing or forgotten during the busyness of life. For me, and for other writers I know, setting goals addresses both the direction of the a writers passion, and helps pull your through the doldrums.

Goals, by themselves, are dull, ordinary things. For me there is nothing that can squelch the creative spark than looking at a list of things to write. Where’s the muse? Where’s the magic?

However, I find this is the best way to remain focused and on track.

But I don’t think of these as a list of things to do anymore but guidepost and combining them with a frequent reminder to review them (say once a week) can be the framework we need to accomplish what we want, and even drive progress.

There are scientific reasons for writing down our goals. There is also the notion that you get to cross things off a list and also finish your writing tasks at the same time. To me, the simultaneous awesome that comes from crossing something off a task list and writing project list is almost second to none.

That's it. Nice easy Pace  Photo Credit -CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

That’s it. Nice easy Pace
Photo Credit -CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Writing them down makes then real, but we must also make sure these writing projects have realistic deadlines. If you are working full time and going to school and have a family, maybe your two hundred thousand word fantasy epic will not be completed in three months. Instead calculate a weekly or daily goal and the multiply that to have your end date. This will help eliminate procrastination and allow you to settle into a nice even pace that won’t take over your life.

It’s also important that the goals are just a little bit aggressive to push us but not so much they rule over us like a tyrant. They must come along side you as an aide, similarly to a running coach.

So set the bar just out of reach. Then, review them with frequency to ensure you’re on the right track

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