January 1st, 7 am. The alarm clock goes off and your New Year’s Resolution stares you directly in the face.
The reality of that goal you set a few weeks back comes to roost with a jangling of bells, sleep in your eyes, and a feeling of dread. It all sounded so good. Heck, all you had to do was write down the specifics, create some action steps, make it realistic, and magically you would be transported 90 days out with your dream of a new book a reality. Unfortunately, 7 am in the morning comes. Now you have to do something. Usually, you would be able to sleep in, but now that you set this stupid goal, you’ve got to get out of bed and write 1,000 words before 8 am, when you usually would get up.
The first day you grudgingly get up and sit in front of the computer. After fifteen minutes of staring at the screen, you start to write. The words come slowly. You’re tired and sleepy. This new goal and habit you’re trying to create are not as easy as the book made it sound. With some willpower, you make it through to 8 am. Now you have to get ready for work.
Sum total for your first day, 250 words.
As the week progresses, you start to fudge on the wake-up time. You hit the snooze button; then you hit it again. The word count shrinks. You struggle. Friday comes, 1125 words for the week. Not even close to the 5,000 you planned. Next week you struggle again. Then one day, you don’t get up. You’ve got an excuse. A few days later, it’s all over. [Read more…] about How To Set SMARTER Goals