Writing Goals: How To Reach Your Writing Goals in 2018 Using Your Writers Bullet Journal

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It's coming down to quitting week, the week where you'll drop off with your resolutions and you're gonna stop whatever it is that you've been working hard on for the past few weeks. 

For some, that's going to the gym.

For others, that's eating a new diet that's going to make them feel better.

For you; it's your novel.

BUT I AIN'T GONNA LET YOU QUIT! YOU CAN DO THIS KEEP WRITING!

And here's how you bullet journal can help!

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90 Day Year

Don't look at the year in its full 365 days. That's too overwhelming.

Instead, ask yourself one simple question:

What can I do in the next ninety days to further my writing career?

Once you think about things in the span of a few months, rather than a whole year, your goals seem more attainable and you make more manageable goals.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

I've already gone into detail about SMART goals in my Planning for 2018 blog post. So if you want SUPER detail, go read that one.

Basically, S.M.A.R.T. is just an acronym that stands for:

  • S - Specific
  • M - Measurable
  • A - Achievable
  • R - Relevant
  • T - Timely

Following this template makes your goals more attainable because you write down more details.

And yes, you need to write them down in your bullet journal.

Set up Projects

Really; just one project.

Because you're thinking of your year in quarters, you should only set one big project up for this quarter.

You can plan ahead for the whole year if you want. But really just focus on the next 90 days.

Set Up Tasks

Now, break that project down into tasks. Even the stupidest little task that will take you five minutes.

This will make it easier to write down in your bullet journal! 

In your monthly spread, just write down the tasks you have to get done this month to get that project done and make sure each weekly spread gets updated as you get things done! 

It's that easy!

Assign Just a Few Tasks to Each Month

You should really only need to do one or two tasks each week to get your project done by the end of the quarter. If you flood yourself with tasks every month, you won't want to do anything to achieve your writing goals.

Instead, one project a month and just a couple tasks each week will make the whole process much less stressful.

Reward Yourself!

I do this a lot, I know. But it really works for me!

I'm not allowed to watch TV until my blogging AND writing tasks are DONE for the day.

That's IT! No TV time if I don't get it done.

This means on days that I'm really tired and just can't go on anymore, I'm actually going to bed earlier, rather than on my ass on Netflix instead of writing.

But if I do what I'm supposed to do, then I get to watch TV and unwind and I feel good about the progress that I got done for the day!

There you go! That's how you get it done in your Bullet Journal! I hope that this helped you!

-Zoe Fleischer

The Ginger Wordsmith.