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Eight Methods to Become the Writer Your Goals Strive For
Professional, financial, educational, physical, personal development and the list of goals continues. These potential achievements can appear grueling at first glance, so we are here to help you toward one of the most popular professional goals, improved writing skills.
Writing is one of the most applicable skills among industries. Its potential to improve communication, understanding, directions, relationships, etc. raises writing’s value for any career path or life goals. With intense focus and determination, you can achieve your writing goals and likely benefit from its many other surprising improvements in your everyday life.
Here are eight ways to make your writing goals achievable:
1. Write…your goals on paper.
How perfect that the first method begins with writing! It’s been determined that writing down one’s goals makes a positive difference in their likelihood to continue working toward them. Physically writing out a goal requires you to think about it in a complete mindset. Once it is out of your thoughts and on to the paper, it is real.
2. Get rid of goals.
Wait…what? That’s right. Eliminate any goals that are not your top priority. Having too many goals, even if they are all related to your overarching writing goal, can negatively affect your work toward goal No. 1. Try not to work on your less important goals until you have achieved success with your priority.
3. Make modest expectations.
Keep your expectations real. If you are brand new to writing, don’t set a goal to write an hour every day. Although you may work your way to this later, it is way too ambitious at the start. Instead, approach your writing goal more gradually. We suggest starting with 10 minutes a day for one month and then venture out according to your results.
An idea without a plan is not much of a goal; it is simply hope. Instead of hoping to become a better writer, plan the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly actions that will get you there. That way your plan can cover the small, non-intimidating steps you need to take to achieve the big goal you have in mind. Ever heard of baby steps?
5. Create deadlines.
It’s time to get motivated. If it is too easy to push tasks to the next day and so on, it will be too hard to complete them with respect to your plan. Give yourself daily deadlines that work for you and push you toward achieving your more long-term goals.
6. Track your progress.
Develop or find a writing track record that works for your schedule. Remember earlier when we said it takes intense focus and determination? That kicks in right here. Tracking the success of your plan and deadlines can improve your focus, motivation and help prevent future issues of falling behind.
7. Anticipate trouble.
Prepare yourself for obstacles. Whether it is an unexpected busy season or the outside world via your phone distracting you, be prepared to re-evaluate the right methods for you. Running into issues or setbacks does not mean failure. Everyone requires a different creative environment to type their best words on the screen.
8. Find accountability.
Once you write out your goals, share them with an accountability system or partner. If you keep your writing goals to yourself, failing to achieve them doesn’t have the same drive. Sharing your goals with a friend, co-worker or online will bring other people into your process who can check in and keep you going.
Think you’re ready? Get writing!