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Mesg #90386 "Solid method and congrats on the output!"
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Date Sun Jan-22-12 05:55 AM
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Hi Wandering Author,

I completely agree about goal setting over a long period, instead of a goal that is phrased like this: "I want to do X amount every day/week".

When I moved away from nebulous new year "resolutions" to specific new year goals, I still made the mistake of setting goals for each week. Typically I would miss my target early on and then the whole plan collapsed.

As of 2010, I've just rephrased the goals (for example, "write 1000 words per week" is essentially the same as "write 52000 words this year") and noticed an increased output as well. All of a sudden I'm not demotivated early on for not meeting my goal, but rather find out in - say - October that I won't meet my target. By that time, I've already accomplished a lot more than I would have with the previous method.

That said, I kind of disagree on setting the bar lower (although your word count for "lower" would still constitute a super efficient output for me, heh): even though I didn't meet the 50k last year, I know it is doable. If I would lower the bar, I would probably subconsciously think "Ah that's easy, there's still plenty of time, no need to work on it right now...". Instead, I aim to do more this year (unrealistic, but deliberately so), so that falling short of my very high goal will still result in achieving a solid result.

For the first time, I'm also breaking down the goals into milestones. Staying on the writing example, I have four milestones: 12.5k words, 25k words, 50k words (last year's target), 100k words. I haven't fully decided how to celebrate each milestone, yet.

So in a nutshell, I think your method is spot on and in comparison to my measly amount of words, 42k in 21 days is a fantastic achievement. Hats off to you!

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Well, This Works for Me [View all] , Wandering Author, Sat Jan-21-12 03:02 PM
  RE: Well, This Works for Me, gilroy, Jan 21st 2012, #1
RE: Well, This Works for Me, Wandering Author, Jan 21st 2012, #2
RE: Well, This Works for Me, RavenCorbie, Jan 22nd 2012, #3
RE: Well, This Works for Me, Wandering Author, Jan 22nd 2012, #6
      RE: Well, This Works for Me, RavenCorbie, Jan 22nd 2012, #7
           RE: Well, This Works for Me, Wandering Author, Mar 03rd 2012, #8
Solid method and congrats on the output!, Optihut, Jan 22nd 2012 #4
RE: Well, This Works for Me, Linda Adams, Jan 22nd 2012, #5
RE: Well, This Works for Me - Progress Update, Wandering Author, Mar 03rd 2012, #9
RE: Well, This Works for Me - Progress Update, elizabeths, Mar 04th 2012, #10
RE: Well, This Works for Me, Dreamerscove, Mar 05th 2012, #11

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