Sunday, 8 January 2017

SMART Goals are Clever

The kids are back at school this week following Christmas break. December 2016 saw me running around like a headless chicken, with school plays, craft mornings, additional church services and family commitments weighing in on any time I had. Not to mention shopping for presents and food! I do hope that this year, when Christmas comes back around that I am far more organised.

But now the kids are back at school, I have more time to pursue this main goal in my life. Last time I wrote, I gave vague ideas as to my writing goals. Now I have had the time and space to think, I have been able to nail the ideas down into something solid and S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A,R.T goals are ones that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

So here are my long term goals:

To submit 12 short stories

I have earmarked a few competitions, but this goal will keep me writing!

To submit 12 Articles

These can either be ones written for the course, or independent ones. Submission to my tutor does not count!

To read 12 books on writing

I am sure I can smash this. Last year I read 20 something books - both fiction and non-fiction. But these have to be aimed specifically at writing.

To complete 12 assignments

I have to complete my course by October 2019. I am quite behind. I really need to focus on this.

To write 52 blog posts

That's 1 a week. I have already written 2 this year. So 50 more to go!

To complete 'Life, curated' and 'plotting workshop'.

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To write more snail mail letters

I stumbled across this blog post, and it made so much sense. I shall try for an average of 1 a month.

I want to have these as monthly goals, but I shan't bore you with that level of detail!

I hope that you have written your goals down - whatever they may be. How are you doing? Have you made a start, and made your goals S.M.A.R.T.?


  1. I love S.M.A.R.T. goals, and to see yours laid out on the page here is great. Proves you mean business.
    You have the beginnings of a road map. Have you started the journey yet?
    I've been adding stuff into my diary, and actually not doing too bad at carrying things out either.
    Of course I know there are going to be a few crazy days, but hopefully I'll be able to deal with them as they occur.

    You've got some great goals here - best of luck with them all, I look forward to an update soon.

    P.S. I revived real letter writing a few years ago, I like it, very therapeutic, and lovely to receive a 'real' letter through the post too.

    1. Just read your blog, and I need to get project managing! I have three days where I can go out the house for a couple of hours this week, and I will be taking advantage of it.

      Can I ask who it is you write to in your real letters? I have no idea who to write to first!

    2. Hello again, and of course you can ask...
      It is a lady I met on Twitter! Someone just like you, another writer. We chatted for some months before deciding to meet up, thereafter she wrote me a letter, and I wrote back!

      I also, shocked and surprised my daughter when she went off to university eighteen months ago, by sending her a letter.

      What about an old school friend? A relative? Someone you used to work with? You never know, you may meet someone in the near future.

      A good way to start now (January) is to maybe thank someone for a Christmas gift? Catch you soon.

  2. I do set myself goals, but they're not always SMART.


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