Between Goals

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My desk

When you have a lofty goal it’s crucial to set goals along the way, and then reward yourself for reaching those goals. It could take years to reach my goal of publishing my novel, In the Pride, so why should I wait that long to celebrate my hard work?

Recently I started posting my short-term goals next to my desk, and it’s a great reminder of the steps I need to take to get where I want to go. It’s also fun to keep track of the goals I have completed. Under each goal I write a reward. I’m currently on my third draft, so when I reach 100 pages (which I did this weekend!) I go out for a fancy dinner, for 200 pages I go to a writer’s conference, and for finishing this draft I will visit Idaho where a good chunk of my story takes place.

Another practice that has helped me stay motivated is logging the hours I spend writing. Sometimes it can feel like I’m working so hard with nothing to show for it, but watching the numbers accumulate is a great reminder of my commitment.

hoursspreadHope these tips can help with your goals!

9 comments

  1. Great post! Loved the tips. Pray that you soon accomplish your goal. Going off the track: your work desk is pretty! I like
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    Your post comes at the right time – time when I desperately needed motivation to reach my weightloss goal!

    Thank you!

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  2. Great post. I like the idea of rewarding yourself along the way. It’s so easy to set grand goals and then beat yourself up for not being where you want to be right away. Creating something enduring is a process and each small action step deserves acknowledgment. Ha ha, my work space is covered in post its too πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve begun making to-do lists with ST, MT and LT — for short, medium and long-term goals. Too often, I’m so busy chasing income-producing work for now that I lose track of other projects that are equally interesting and possibly far more lucrative but which need a lot more foundational work to get them going.

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