Follow a Map When Setting Writing Goals

Posted February 24th, 2012 by Val and filed in Getting Started, Productivity
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How clear are your writing goals? Do you know exactly what your goals are for your writing career during the next 30-90 days? How about the next year or two?

It’s important to set clear goals on paper of where you want to be, both in the short term future and in the long term future. What kind of writing do you hope to do? How much money are you hoping to make?

Most important of all, are you taking the steps you need to take in order to get from Point A to Point B? In other words, do you know the steps you need to take in order to get from where you are now to where you want to be?

Think of it this way. If you packed a suitcase and told your friends and family that you were going on a road trip, they would probably ask you where you were headed. Are you going to Boston or Chicago? Are you going to the beach or the mountains?

Most likely you would be able to answer those questions. You would know where you were planning to go.

And if you couldn’t, what is the likelihood that you would make any noticeable progress? You’d probably be driving aimlessly in circles.

Following a MAP

In order to arrive at a planned destination, you need a map. Goals for writers are no different.

I suggest that you follow the following MAP when you are setting your writing goals:

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

P – Planned

 

Measurable

Your writing goals should be measurable. You should be able to measure in terms of how much or how long. Examples of measurable goals include

  • Writing a certain number of words each day
  • Writing a certain number of pages each day
  • Writing a certain number of blog posts weekly

Attainable

When you set goals for your writing career, they should be goals you can actually attain. Although it’s possible that your first novel will be a best-seller, there’s also a good chance it won’t. More realistically attainable goals include the following:

  • Finding two new clients by the end of the month
  • Completing a writing course and sharpening specific writing skills, such as learning to write autoresponders or press releases
  • Completing a chapter in your ebook.

Planned

The most powerful thing you can do while striving to achieve goals for writing is to plan ahead. You will be surprised what a huge difference it makes to write down 2 or 3 things you plan to complete tomorrow before you go to bed tonight.

So have you decided where you’re going?

Before you do anything else, choose ONE direction and go. Although long term, you will probably pursue multiple streams of writing income, for now focus on ONE writing goal.

Examples of single focused goals include:

  • Write an ebook
  • Complete a copywriting course
  • Learn to write resumes

Keep your eye on prize and hold onto it with razor sharp focus. Don’t change directions and try to pursue too many goals at once.

Once you know where you want to go, it will be easier to break down the goal into the small steps that need to be taken each day in order to attain it.

You will be able to follow a MAP.

 

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