New Year’s Day is upon us. What is a fresh and shiny year without a list of goals? I’m all prepared. I have a chart. I have stickers. Nothing more is needed except maybe some will-power and determination.
Why set goals? I mean, if you know what you want, why not just do it?
The answer lies in the scope of the final desire. Writing a novel is a huge undertaking. Ten pages in and it can feel overwhelming, even if I’ve finished novels before. When I’m thinking of whether to write a few pages or read, watch television, do, well, anything else, it’s easy to think, well, it’s 300 pages, what difference does a few pages make? And that is exactly how novels are NOT written. Because the days not writing will add up.
Goal setting helps tighten the focus on an overwhelming task.
If you look at the picture posted for the blog, you’ll see a daily log book focusing on my daily goals. The big goals are on my whiteboard.
My second goal is to eat healthy. I know even as I write this, I will be lacking a sticker at some point in the month when I eat a cheesecake and another day when I eat a pumpkin scone. And sometime in March, I have plans for some cupcakes. So I’ve built in a system where I can still flake out a bit without completely losing focus. When I go cold turkey, one mis-step and I figure why bother. When I don’t track it at all, I’m a sugar fiend.
Yep, that’s what you need, will-power, determination….and some shiny stickers…