Each morning write down the three most important things for the day. You can separate them in groups:
- one most important writing goal (write a chapter, write 2 000 words, edit a chapter, etc.)
- one most important social goal (get in touch with other writers, editors or a publisher)
- one most important marketing/promoting goal
- one learning/research goal
- one most important “you” goal (self-improvement or rest and relaxation)
Obviously, not every day will have each category. Mix and match them to help yourself in the areas that you need a little boost in.
Day 1 could be two writing and one social goals, Day 2 – all about writing, Day 3 – two writing and one publishing, and so on. I’d suggest making Day 7 all about you; exercise, eat healthy, go to a spa, hang out with friends, go see a movie – just take a break from anything writing- and publishing-related.
Tips 1: Not a morning person?
Write down your goals in the evening and complete them the next day.
Tip 2: Lacking motivation?
Set up prizes!
They can be given for completing each individual goal or only if you complete all three. These prizes could be small and if you have a successful week and finish all your goals, you can give yourself a big prize on Sunday.
Or you can set up a prize chart where 1 goal = 1 point.
- from 0 to 3 points, you get nothing, so work harder next week
- from 4 to 9 points, you buy your favorite snack
- from 10 to 15 points, you buy an e-book
- from 16 to 20 points, you buy a paperback
- if you achieve all your goals and receive 21 points, you get all three previously mentioned rewards