Give yourself Deadlines and here’s the important thing… stick to them!
Deadlines are SO important, if you do not set realistic goals for yourself, you will find yourself falling behind. When setting deadlines, you are motivating yourself to accomplish small and attainable goals. There are two major premises to making deadlines work for you.
1. You need to have someone to keep you accountable.
Deadlines are great and all, but only if you have someone to be accountable to; if you are only accountable to yourself you are more likely to miss a deadline. It’s kind of like working out at the gym, you are more likely to meet your goals if you go with someone. So here’s some options: Find a friend or family member (who you trust) who would enjoy reading your stuff. Not only will it help you keep your deadlines but they might also give you some great feedback! If you don’t want to share your work quite yet, join a writing community where you can ask for encouragement in meeting your set deadlines.
2. You need to set REALISTIC goals.
This one is SO key. Do not set unattainable goals. When you set a goal that is practically impossible, it will be no surprise when you do fail and then you are only discouraged. Be kind to yourself and set realistic goals such as a certain amount of words per day, a certain amount of pages per week (even if it’s one page), or in my case, a chapter a month. By setting realistic deadlines you increase your probability of achieving your goals which will results in more self-esteem and motivation.
And so that you know you are not alone, here is my deadline. I plan on posting at least 5 times a week. I also plan on sharing regular updates about the length of my book and what length I should be at. And I’m asking all of my followers to keep me accountable. If you start to notice the inactivity on my page, keep me accountable and remind me to meet my deadlines!
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What deadlines do YOU plan to set this week?
For this week I would really love to finish my rough draft on Peeta’s chapter!
Happy Writing Everyone!