Monday, October 6, 2014

Tackling Goals

Gotta love football! 

For me, the fall is a super crazy, busy time of year. Last week, I sat down and made a list of the most important things that needed to get done. This turned into some real goal setting since I plan on participating in NaNoWriMo in November again! Yay! :)

When planning goals there are a few things to consider:

  1. What can you realistically accomplish? Think long and hard about it.
  2. Create a timeline for the project(s). 
  3. Be specific. Finishing a novel in a month is great, but without the details, it might flop.
  4. Design benchmarks to measure your project and keep things running in a timely manner.
  5. Accountability! Set up specific times to check in with someone who will encourage you to stay on track. 
If you have big dreams, try whittling them down to what your schedule allows or to what you know you can do easily. Think on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. Divide and conquer! Check out Rina's mini task list blog; it's amazing. Sometimes those monstrous, looming projects are easier to manage in small doses! A back-up list is always great to have on hand too if you find you've achieved your goals ahead of schedule. 

And even though accountability is the last on the list, it's one of the most important things! When you share your dreams and ask others to either help by giving you the time to do them, or ask you about them, just the asking can keep you trekking toward your accomplishment. Whether it's telling your CPs, best friend, mom, or significant other, letting them know what's important to you encourages them to support you! Ask around, you could gain an accountability partner and be one for someone else.

So.... What do you want to accomplish before the end of 2014? We love hearing from you! :)


  1. I love this post and am always trying to be more accountable. :) I want to finish my WIP and have set weekly word count goals to get myself there.

    1. That's AWESOME!!! Do you want me to email you every Friday??? ;)

  2. I'm zoning out, watching that tackle over and over. :) I swear, fall is getting more and more crazy every year. BUT- NaNo this year Diane! Last November we moved so that messed things up a bit. But THIS November- hold me accountable, NaNo Buddy! :)

    1. Yes! I feel like I scored a field goal! I'm doing a victory dance as I welcome you to dark side *cough cough* I mean NaNo. Muahahahaha! Do you want a daily or weekly email? ;)