Last week, during Dream Week, I asked you to share your writing dreams with us. Why? Because this week is Goals Week, and it’s time to set about achieving them!
But your dreams are lofty, no? How do you tackle your to-do list when you’re aiming as sky-high as you are?
Answer: by setting micro-goals.
The reality is that becoming a prolific, published author with a large readership doesn’t happen overnight. That’s why it’s helpful to break down your big goals into smaller steps, then smaller still—and just when you think it’s small enough, break it down again—until you have a singular objective for this week and it feels manageable.
Here’s how it works.
Let’s say you want to publish a novel. That’s a lot to ask all at once—even though that is your goal—because it’s a big project, especially for a first-time author. You might think, I have no idea how to write a novel! You might feel overwhelmed.
So break it down. If your goal is a published novel, you’ve obviously got to write it first. Since you can’t write 80,000 words in one go, how about 1,000 this week? If that seems like a lot, write 100 words. Or if that feels daunting because your story hasn’t formed in your head yet, take an afternoon to hash out a brief plot synopsis or rough outline.
Now, you’ve set a micro-goal of writing out a one-page plot synopsis this week. Do-able!
This is just an example of how it helps to break down larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones. Take a moment to think about how this could apply to you, at whatever stage of the game you’re at.
Then, let us know: what can you accomplish this week to make at least a little progress?
By commenting below with your answer, you’ll be able to hold yourself accountable for the micro-goal you’ve set. You’ll also inspire others to set micro-goals of their own.
Let’s all achieve our writing dreams, one small task at a time.
By the way, next week is Brag Week, so be prepared to brag about what you’ve accomplished this week!