Goaling to Success – Day 6

25 Jan

Welcome to Day 6!

You’ve made and tweaked your goals list. Then you SMARTened up the goals. And now you’re going to plot them out.

  • Open an excel spreadsheet and write each goal down the left hand side
  • Across the top, run out a slot for each week in 2011
  • Plot out each goal by shading the weeks it will use up, start to finish.

So, if you’re are going to write a book starting this week (1/24) you’re goals might look like this:

  • Fast Draft: Shaded week of 1/24 & 1/31
  • Letting it sit: Shaded for first 3 weeks of Feb
  • Editing FD: Shaded last week of Feb thru last week in March

Everyone’s timeline will be different. Some write slowly, but then have almost no editing.

You’re going to do that for each goal and sub-goal using your Timely estimates from Day 5’s SMART Goals exercise.

Why do we do it this way? Two reasons.

One: So often people say, I want to do ABC and they don’t realize that ABC all take too much time to accomplish in that given goal period.

Two: When you tell yourself you’re going to do STUVWXYZ and that XYZ are due in December. But, if X & Y each take 6 months, you’ll have to be working on them while you’re doing STUV & W. Can you do that? I don’t know, maybe. But the point is, when you just have due dates listed, you don’t see the impact on the overall picture… on your time as a whole. Just on the done time.

Your goals may change when you plot them out. You may need to shift what gets done when. You may have to figure out how to work on more thing than once. You may have to take better advantage of the down time while something sits between revision rounds. You may have to cut some things. OR you may add some.

So, take your list and a calendar and go create that excel sheet. It will give you your map for the year.

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3 Responses to “Goaling to Success – Day 6”

  1. Kat Cantrell January 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    This is SUCH good advice. I also plotted out life stuff next to my writing stuff, like KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL and CHRISTMAS so I’d take that into account too. I uh, didn’t do that last year and it bit me more than once.

  2. briaq January 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Absolutely! That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s so important to have life goals on the list too 😉

  3. Sabrina January 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m still playing along at home so thanks for this next step! This is really awesome and the organizer in me is loving it – also I think once I’m done I can stop using organization to procrastinate writing – all my planning will be done so I can write!

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