Goal Setting for Writers, Part 3: Clearly Formulated Goals

In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 3, I’ll continue with the third step and the heart of goal setting: clearly formulated goals.

Do you have a hard time achieving your writing goals?

Are you tired of spending more time dreaming about achieving your writing dreams? Of dreaming about your writing career? Or are you tired of spending more time setting goals but not achieving them? It doesn’t have to be this hard.

Ready to set goals and create a detailed action plan so you know exactly what to work on to achieve your writing dreams?

In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.

In part 3, I’ll continue with the third step and the heart of goal setting: clearly formulated goals.

Before we dive into the goodies, let’s check out the overview of the 4-step goal setting formula.

 
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An Overview of the 4-Step Goal Setting Formula

This 4-step goal setting formula is really simple and easy to remember. It contains:

  1. Vision (a 3- and a 1-year vision)

  2. Mission (your why)

  3. A clearly formulated goal (a SMART goal)

  4. A plan of action

Now, let’s dive right into this week’s topic, your clearly formulated goals.

A Clearly Formulated Goal (SMART Goal Setting Formula)

A great way to formulate goals is to use the SMART goal-setting formula. I’m sure you’ve heard about the SMART goal-setting formula before. However, it’s always good to freshen up your memory. So, here’s a short explanation:

  • S: Specific

  • M: Measurable

  • A: Achievable (how)

  • R: Realistic (worthwhile)

  • T: Time-based (when)

Let’s take a closer look at each of these points:

Your goal needs to be as Specific as possible, meaning that you need to answer questions like:

  • What do I want to accomplish?

  • How? Why? Where? When? With who?

Your goal needs to be Measurable, meaning that you need to answer questions like:

  • How will I measure my progress?

  • And how will I know that I’ve achieved my goal? What evidence will I have?

  • When will I start working towards achieving my goal?

Your goal needs to be Achievable and something you really want to achieve, meaning that you need to answer questions like:

  • Can I achieve this goal?

  • How can it be achieved?

  • Can I break it down into manageable steps, and what are the logical steps I should take?

  • Is this goal to big? Too small?

Your goal needs to be Realistic because it needs to be something you’re realistically able to achieve, meaning that you need to answer questions like:

  • Is my goal to difficult to reach? Too easy?

  • Is this even a worthwhile goal to strive for? Is it relevant to my vision?

  • Is this the right time for me to work on this goal?

  • Can I put down as much time and effort it will take to achieve my goal?

  • Do I have the necessary resources to achieve my goal?

Your goal needs to be Time-based because deadlines are amazing motivators when it comes to goals, meaning that you need to answer questions like:

  • When is my deadline (be specific with a date)?

  • When will I spend time working towards achieving my goal?

  • How long will it take to achieve my goal (be realistic)?

When you’ve answered these questions as detailed as possible, you will have a clearly formulated goal. And that goal will be a lot easier to achieve than a goal you haven’t formulated in this way.

There you have the third step in the 4-step goal setting formula. I hope you found this useful.

 
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In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 3, I’ll continue with the third step and the heart of goal setting: clearly formulated goals.
In this blog post series on goal setting for writers, I’ll go through a 4-step goal setting formula that will help writers achieve their writing dreams.  In part 3, I’ll continue with the third step and the heart of goal setting: clearly formulated goals.

Do you want to learn more about, and dig deeper into, goal setting?

Check out the Goal Setting Workshop for Writers and learn how to set intentional, effective, and exciting goals to achieve your writing dreams.