It’s the 1st Wednesday of the month again. That’s when I take part in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I encourage you to check out their website and even sign up for the IWSG Newsletter. This month, I won’t be answering the optional #IWSG question of the month. But I encourage you to check out some of the answers the other fabulous insecure writers have written. Instead, I will be continuing my Goal Post series. Each week we will be one step closer to having a clear plan for achieving your goals in 2019. This week, that step is for you to get specific.
For a general overview of what SMART GOALS are, check out this post that I wrote a year ago. SMART goals are written based on criteria using the pneumonic acronym SMART which stands for the following:
In order to get specific, ask yourself:
- Exactly what do you want to accomplish?
- Why is it important?
- What’s it going to take to get it done?
Let’s look at an example of a career goal
Exactly what do you want to accomplish?
I need to put together my 2019 content plan for both heatherericksonauthor.com and facingcancerwithgrace.com. I want to have a detailed content plan for January-June and a general overview of July-December. This will include my A-Z Blogging Challenge plan for April.
Why is it important?
This is important because if you fail to plan, you may as well plan to fail. By making a content plan, I always know what my year looks like ahead of time so I don’t get caught off guard. I make a looser plan the second half of the year because it’s a long ways off, and things may change between now and then. However, I will reassess the second half plan and get specific about what posts I will publish from July –December, in May.
What’s it going to take to get it done?
I always start with my Bullet Journal. For me, the Bullet Journal is the perfect way to keep track of my content for both of my blogs. In fact, I keep guest post ideas and any other content thoughts in the same Bujo. That way it’s all in one place. I have to set up my planning pages and my monthly content calendar. The content calendar is where I write the posts down as I schedule them for publication on WordPress. On the content calendar, I make note of any cancer awareness dates under the Facing Cancer planning area. I also note any ideal topics in the Heather Erickson Author planning area. For example, the end of the year is great for goal planning; the beginning of the year is a fresh start. Christmas is of course, in December…You get the idea. I also take into consideration any book launches I have scheduled.
Once I get specific ideas
I now need to contact anyone I might need to interview. I also need to take my overall schedule into consideration. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We will be talking about whether or not something is achievable in a couple of weeks. For now, look at each of your goals and ask those 3 “get specific” questions.
We will look at ensuring that your goal is measurable. Until then, I would love you to get specific in the comments, below. Please share your favorite tip for achieving your goals in the past.
What Are YOUR Thoughts?
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I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:
I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.