One Last (Well, Maybe) Word on Goals
I'm reading What Do You Really Want (a book on goal-setting for teenagers) by Beverly K. Bachel.
Earlier this week, I'd talked with my friend about her goals. She's very detailed, keeping a list of goals to meet and then checking them off at the end of the year before making a list for the coming year.
Me? Not so much.
I have goals. I know what I'm working toward, but I've learned that if I try the "two pages per day" or "sixty pages a month" or something like that, it doesn't work for me. I have no clue why, because I can lay out a unit plan and make it work down to the day. However, simply because I don't have specific daily or weekly goals doesn't mean I don't know where I'm going.
Are you goal-challenged? I thought I'd share some of the points I picked up from Bachel's book (and may add others in later Friday posts).
First, Bachel shares three myths about goals:
Myth #1: Who needs goals? I'll be fine without them.
R-ight. Do we really set out to write one page? No. It's a book. It's a focus. As writers, we especially need that focus (even if we don't break it down into words per day goals, LOL).
Myth #2: I have to wait 'til January 1 to set goals.
Nope. I actually find myself setting goals according to when I finish a book. I set a goal to have the next one finished (we won't discuss how far off I was on MOU, 'kay?), and I work toward that. I've set promo goals for myself (now, those I did have to break down by day, simply because the whole concept of promotion was so overwhelming to me).
Myth #3: I have to do it all by myself.
Yeah. Right. I have a whole list of people who've helped me meet my writing goals. Some of them aren't in my life anymore -- my former writing cohort Jen who grew beyond the writing we were doing. Others are here on a daily basis. I wouldn't have accomplished much without them.
Bachel advocates setting SMART goals and offers this advice. She says goals need to be:
SAVVY: easy to understand and use
MEASURABLE: specific about the outcome
ACTIVE: clear about the action I need to take
REACHABLE: within my reach
TIMED: complete with specific deadlines
This weekend, I'm looking at my promotional and writing goals and reworking them as SMART goals.
How do you work on goal-setting? How do you make SMART goals?
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