There are many ways to become a successful writer.
One way is to follow-through. To follow-through is to take stock of your writing goals and to assess your progress on those goals each week. This process need not take a long time. It could take as few as five or ten minutes. But the process itself is important because it can really help you feel better and more self-confident of your writing career. And this feeling of self-confidence can help you to feel better about your overall writing career and goals.
However, you should also assess your goals before the end of year and before the new year starts. Hopefully, you kept your notes on how you progressed during the year. If not, you can always look through your planner and see what you accomplished this year. Make sure that you take stock and celebrate your accomplishments! It is hard to be consistent enough to complete writing goals. So, we should all celebrate all those accomplishments before we start the new year!
To determine how you did this past year, follow these steps.
Assess your progress on current writing projects
This requires that you have a sense of what you have to achieve. Look at your long and short-term goals and determine which ones you have completed. Then check them off on the sheet paper. Make sure these goals are well in sight when you are writing so that you could feel that you are accomplishing your goals.
Reassess your long-term writing goals and determine what you want to achieve next year.
Every month or two, it is important to reassess your long-term goals. Did you set out to do too much? Are you progressing okay? Will you complete your goals in the time you thought you would? If not, change your target completion date.
Determine your progress every step of the way
At the end of the month, take a few minutes to evaluate your progress in your writing journal. This will help you to come to terms with where you are with your writing goals. This will help you tremendously with completing your short-term goals that lead to those big long-term goals and results.
Determine whether or not your goals are realistic
This is probably one of the most important things that you can do as a writer to be successful. Many times we set writing goals which are unrealistic. This can be very problematic for our success and overall productivity. If you find that you are not completing your writing goals every week, or you are completing your goals on Wednesday, it is time to create a new goal.
Keep taking stock of your long-range goals
Every quarter, sit down and determine how your goals are progressing. Are you completing your goals? Will you complete your long-range goals at the targeted time that you set? If you didn’t, it is time to look at some of your writing habits and see if you can make a few small changes so that you could be more successful and quarter.
Do a micro and macro analysis of your writing goals
A micro analysis of your goals is a short-term analysis. This will tell you how you are doing in the short-term. A macro analysis of your writing goals is a long-term analysis of your goals.
By performing both kinds of analyses, you’ll be able to clearly determine how you are doing on your writing goals and change things that are not working and keep things that are working.
By doing this kind of detailed self-assessment of your writing goals, you will know how you are doing with your writing projects now so that when the new year comes you will be able to start anew and set new goals. But more than that, if you are not doing well, you’ll be able to revise your writing goals to make sure that you are successful in the short and long-term next year.
Once the new year arrives, it is time to start all your writing projects.
One of the best ways to plan and really boost your productivity is to plan what you will write for before the year starts.
After years of coaching writers, I have discovered that the writers who are not successful are usually writers who don’t plan ahead. Then when the new year arrive, they don’t have a road map on how to proceed in the new year.
In my upcoming workshop on How to Have Your Best Writing Year, you will learn all the skills and habits that you need to be your very best in 2019. I will outline a step-by-step approach on how to have your best year. The best time to plan is in December before the year starts. So, take the time to do so and take my interactive and informative workshop. I will also send you an e-book that is yours to keep after the workshop that you can refer to in the future.
I look forward to working with you to make 2019 the very best writing year ever!
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