The goal yesterday was to make a list of goals, both long-term and short-term.
Today’s task is to sketch out how you are going to accomplish your goals. This will act as your road map to the destination of completing your goals. The more specific you can be with your road map the easier it will be for you to find success.
I’ve found that I can usually be a lot more specific with short-term goals than long-term goals. For instance, I can outline specific tasks that need to be completed to write the first draft of a novel. However, I have to get more abstract if one of my goals is to be the Poet Laureate of the Universe.
Here are a few examples from my goal list yesterday:
- Write a story each week (can be flash fiction). To accomplish this goal, I will give myself at least 30 minutes of brainstorming and writing time each day–specifically for fiction. Plus, I will allow myself to NOT worry about edits until the story is finished.
- Write a poem each week. To accomplish this goal, I will continue to post my Wednesday Poetry Prompts along with my example poem.
- Learn something new each day. I will accomplish this goal by reading news online and in print. Plus, I will break out of my comfort zone in public and ask more questions of strangers (and listen to their stories).
- Publish new poems. To accomplish this goal, I will have to craft poems that are not posted on my blog. Then, I will need to make at least one poetry submission each week. Hopefully, I’ll find good homes for my newer poems by using my copy of Poet’s Market and doing online research.
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I won’t bore you with the road map for each of my goals, but these examples should help get you started. If you have questions about how to achieve specific goals, try sending a tweet on Twitter–using the hashtag: #gswc–or ask around on Facebook.
Once I have my goals set and a road map for how to get there, I can start giving myself deadlines for making things happen. It’s not a requirement for today’s challenge, but you can earn extra credit and find more success writing if you add deadlines to your tasks too!
Now, we should have a good base for the new year. Tomorrow, we’ll have a different (and hopefully fun) task.
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and the author of Solving the World’s Problems. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, Brewer believes in writing daily to be ready for when inspiration strikes. When he’s not solving the world’s problems or leading writing challenges, he’s usually chasing around his five little poets with his wife Tammy Foster Brewer (also a published poet). Chase him around Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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