January 2, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions

I know every year we make promises to make resolutions which are hard to keep. Every year, I make smart goals, not resolutions. Smart goals are concrete, measurable and time limited. In January, I re-evaluate what I accomplished last year and what I did not achieve. I’m happy to say that this year, I did reach some of my writing goals and am determined to reach more goals this year.
Anyone can write smart goals which help you be accountable. I challenge you to take any of your goals and write them into a smart goal. One of my smart goals for this year is that I will outline the third book of the Healer series by May 30, 2013. I have both a deadline and a reachable goal. I could become more specific and describe the method I plan to use to write the outline. When I write an outline, I use the Working W which is a plot process to outline the goals, motivations and conflicts of my characters. My smart goal would now be: I will use the Working W to write an outline for the third book of the Healer series by May 30,2013. This is concrete, time limited and measurable. What goals would you like to achieve this year? Can you put them into a smart goal?

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