5 Steps and Many Tools to Reach Your Writing Goals.
Do you have that goal or task that you would love to tackle, tomorrow, next month, next year, or even some day, but essentially you have other projects piled sky-high that are preventing you from reaching your ultimate dream project? Well here are some steps and tools to help you.
#1 Freeing time
U.S. President Dwight D Eisenhower gave a speech at the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches in 1954, which later came to be known as the “Eisenhower Principle. To understand this principle it is essential that you first take a deep look at what is really urgent and important, and prioritize your schedule accordingly.
- Important leads to achievement of a set goal, whether it be personal or professional.
- Urgent require immediate action and benefit someone else’s goal.
Applying the Eisenhower Principle:
By categorizing our tasks into the following four categories, we can clear up our schedules from ‘plugging the boat’ to achieving proper goals.
Here we can ascertain our priorities, categorize them accordingly, and free some of our much-needed time from our schedules.
- Important and urgent is most often that which is last-minute, or that which was unforeseen. By avoiding procrastination we can thankfully half this category.
- Important but not urgent tasks help you to achieve your goals, whether personal or professional. (Remember that these tasks fall into top priority if you procrastinate – so use your time wisely)
- Not important, but urgent tasks often prevent you from achieving your own goals as you are normally hammering away in order for someone else to achieve their goals. (Keep reviewing your rates to ensure balance here.)
- Not important and not urgent tasks are distractions! Avoid them if possible and if not, set a clear time limit to deal with these. If other parties are directly involved, then set very clear distinct boundaries, these ensure that you are seen and appreciated as a professional.
#2. Visualize Your Ideal Outcome.
Now that you have created some time for that special project of yours, it is so easy to forget the importance of it and rather go back to your old habits. Therefore it is important to visualize your goal, idealize your outcome and thereby feel the desired emotions of success.
By attaining a sense of completion, you will have a chartered course on how to achieve your goal. A brilliant analogy is to see your goal as a ship with a chartered map and a captain at the wheel, the ship has direction and a course laid out. In the same breath, we can take a wonderfully designed ship and add the latest GPS, but without anyone at the wheel that ship is just going to float about forever.
It is therefore important to have a goal and visualize every aspect of it and ensure that you reach that goal. Bear in mind that it is then crucial to have your next goal laid out, as once you reach your goal – you have no goal! This is so important to understand, I am by no means saying reach five goals at once, but what I am stressing to you is to keep having active goals and as you reach one know which one lies next on the horizon.
See your goals as way-points in a cross-country competition, feel achievement with each way-point you reach, then use that energy to drive you to the next.
You now have your dream visualized and you can feel the end result, and the feeling is great! Now to process each step of the way in order to prevent being overwhelmed. To write a novel, or to take on that large dream project is going to need some serious coordination of time and resources, especially if it going to be a long-term project.
- Strong Points
- Make a list of all your strong points, perhaps time, location, courses you may have completed.
- What makes you unique above the rest?
- Weak Points
- List your weak points and how to overcome them.
- Who can assist you?
- What do you need to learn?
- Once you have established your strong and weak points, now is the time to discern which of these can well be an untapped opportunity.
- List each opportunity that has come to mind, don’t be shy, you can later ascertain which of them will or won’t work.
- By recognizing your opportunities, you should now well be able to identify your threats.
- Identify your direct competition, bearing in mind that very often your competition may well be an ideal opportunity.
By drawing up your S.W.O.T. you should well be able to ascertain the following:
- Do you need assistance with your project?
- What do you need to research?
- Which logistics are you requiring?
- Which skills do you still need to study?
- How many phases are there to your project?
- Costs involved.
Note that this is now the first “discernible” look at your project, so take a moment to sit back and enjoy your achievement!
Have you noticed that it is so much easier to group certain things together within a whole in order to remember it easier? For example, instead of remembering a whole telephone number, we tend to break it up into three or four parts and that way it’s really not that difficult anymore. This process is known as “chunking”.
Chunking also makes our tasks that more manageable and less overwhelming as it divides our workload into bite-sized chunks, that way making each possibility so much easier to swallow.
Now identify each task into its smaller categories and break that down again into smaller tasks. A great idea here is to see it as a recipe book, you don’t start writing a recipe book as a whole, you will rather start with your various categories of meals, i.e. starters, main course and so forth.
By looking at the various aspects of your project, you can now write down the various categories and sub-categories that you will now be creating until you have the perfect ‘recipe book’ itemizing each ‘bite-sized chunk.’
#5 Write it
You have now done all the steps in starting your project. Now only you can limit yourself from achieving your goal. You are now officially your best friend or your own worst enemy, and I implore you not to heed to the latter.
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I trust that this article adds to you reaching your goals. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any problems or queries you may have. Remember to subscribe and be the first to get your updates on goals, tips and guidance in Write for a Living.