Monday, September 15, 2014

Planning Time Again

I'm a big believer in goal setting. It gives you something to work toward. I start out with the main goal then break it down into steps or smaller goals that make that main goal achievable. I set dates of when I want to reach the smaller goals so I keep moving forward. 

I realize it's only the middle of September but I've started doing the preliminary planning of my goals for 2015. I've sketched a few things out on paper. At this point there's nothing concrete or specific, just a few items I think I'd like to accomplish this coming year.

I'll let the list sit for a few weeks, adding ideas, subtracting ideas until I get the list down to two or three major goals that I want to achieve in 2015. After I have those goals, then I break each one down into 10 monthly goals. I do 10 monthly goals because it's nearly impossible for me to get anything of note done from the middle of November until the end of the year.

Depending on the monthly goal, I break it down into weekly goals. One weekly goal I nearly always set every month is to write 25 pages of new material each week. If I know I have something big going on a particular week then I set a smaller weekly page goal, but I try to write more the week before or after that busy week.

I think goal setting can help you achieve anything you want to whether it be writing a novel, losing weight, or breaking a habit. None of these things are easy to do, but goal setting puts you on the path to success.

Do you set goals when you have something you want to achieve?

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