Although technically it’s the 22nd January 2016, the New Year has yet to get fully underway, so it’s totally fine to be setting New Year goals now. Especially if you forgot (which, I’d like to point out, I didn’t but I didn’t blog about it on here, because I am not very good at that. As you well know).
Plenty of New Years posts have gone up around the web (I’ve seen so many I’ve lost track) including those resolutions. Some of them have been dedicated to write, some reading, some life in general etc. But sometimes it’s really super difficult to come up with resolutions/goals, especially if you’ve got no idea what you’re doing. SO I’M HERE TO HELP!
When setting resolutions obviously it’s easy to think, “What do I want to achieve?” Maybe you want your book finalised by the end of the year – in which case, awesome, put that as a resolution! Perhaps you want to get your first draft done, or edit, or revise a whole draft or book. Maybe you want to write more than one, or plan a series. Whatever it is, write what you want to achieve, and use those as your resolutions.
Whilst that works for some people, it makes it super difficult for others. Sometimes having a massive goal like that makes it hard to keep focus and easy to procrastinate. Is this you? (It’s me…) Perhaps you could use a schooling technique and break them down into SMART targets: (more info)
S: Specific. Sure, you want to “write a book”. What about a word count goal? Try using the 4 W’s and one H for this one (who, what, why, where, how).
M: Measurable. You can measure “writing a book”, and you can also measure how many words you write (pro tip: use Writing Journal!). If you have a measurable goal, it also means that you can see how far you’ve come and how far you’ve got to go, which might help your motivation.
A: Attainable. Figuring out important goals makes them more likely to come true. You can do it!
R: Realistic. Your goal is something that must be both realistic to get to, and something that you want to get to, so even if it’s going to need a lot of TLC, you’re still going to want to get there.
T: Time restrained. Set a timeline of when you want to complete your goal, and try your hardest to hit it! You could try using Chiivi for a breakable timeline and with email alerts to remind you to do something.
Personally, I don’t like SMART targets (probably because I’ve had to do them for years) but my targets and goals do have a vague template of this, which suggests that they might be a good idea.
Don’t be afraid to set big, big goals, but don’t be afraid to set little ones, too. For example, one of my ‘big’ goals is to write a book and post in on Wattpad, whereas a ‘little’ one is to finish writing my NaNo 2014 novel (of which there are about two chapters left and I’ve just expertly procrastinated for about two years…). All goals are good goals!
But most of all, have fun with setting goals. Perhaps challenge someone to complete the same thing, and see who gets there first! Writing should be a labour of love, so reflect this in your goals and love writing just as well. 🙂
Have you set any goals for 2016? What are they? How’d you do in your 2015 goals? Join the discussion! 🙂