Those folks who know me, know I love to make goals at the start of each month. Most of the goals have to do with my writing, but I also set other goals as well.
When I set these goals, I have a couple of criteria that I use.
1. Is the goal quantifiable? How else will I know if I attain it if I can't quantify it? Don't set a goal like "Write a lot of words." Put a number on it. Write 5K words a week, or 30K for the month.
2. Is it realistic? "Write 100K words this month." That's quantifiable, but it isn't realistic. Take into account your responsibilities, your schedule, and your life before you set your goals.
Since I set goals on a monthly basis, then there is always a time element. If your goal has no deadline, you don't feel compelled to work at it.
There's also an accountability angle. I tend to post my goals on my personal blog, or my Facebook Page, or tell my family about my goals. If there's no accountability, I cut myself too much slack.
So, since it's the eve of a new month, here are some of my goals for May:
- Write at least 25K words on a new story.
- Write 8 blog posts
- Clean out my closet and gather five bags of things to be donated from around the house.
- Plant my flowerbeds and flowerpots
How about you? Are you a goal setter? What are some of your goals for the month of May?
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