SMART goals for 2008

January 3, 2008 | 3 Comments

Setting your writing goals for 2008? Remember that SMART goal-setting requires objectives that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • oh gosh; I can’t believe I’ve forgotten the details of this acronym already. Would someone who remembers what the R and T stand for please email me? Thanks!

Anyway, I think the Measurable parameter is the most important. And “more” does not count as a measurement.

  • How many rejections are you going for in for 2008—and how many queries per week or month will you need to send to get there?
  • How many new markets will you learn enough about to query well?
  • How many minutes/hours per day/week will you write?


3 Comments so far

  1. Thursday on January 3, 2008 1:21 pm

    I’m afraid I can’t remember what R & T stand for either, but I’ve always found ‘Measurable’ to be crucial to success. When I’m setting a goal, I don’t just decided what measurement constitutes success — I determine how often I’m going to measure, etc.

    For instance, on one project, I plan to write a certain number of words per day. I’ve marked down that number on each day of my calendar (thank goodness for electronic calendars that make that sort of thing easy!) so that I can check that I’m meeting that goal every day.

  2. jeanne bee on January 5, 2008 4:27 pm

    The idea with goals (and this acronyms) is to make them Realistic and tied to a specific Result that you want to acoomplish with a right Tactic and in the right Time(line).

  3. Amy T on January 25, 2008 4:48 pm

    Oh my gosh, aren’t you the one who taught me about SMART goals? I feel so disillusioned.

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