Monday, January 23, 2012

Be A Rebel Writer! Make The Commitment To Your Goals

 The absolutely amazing Sheri Larsen reminded me I had committed to being a Rebel Writer this year!  So I am taking a break from my working break to encourage you to write your goals for 2012.  Make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely.  (SMART GOALS)

You can have a variety of goals that relate to different aspects of your life.  I posted a few of my life goals and writing goals here.  My awesome critique partner, Lenny Lee sent me this wonderful planner and I am using it to make sure I am on track with my writing goals.  Each day I write down what I did relating to my goals of becoming a published author.  It really is motivating me to not have any blank pages.  (I don't typically write on the weekends, so having blank spots on those days is fine for me.)  I'm keeping a food and workout journal to go along with my health goals for 2012.  (It's going well, just in case you wondered...)

I encourage you to keep track of how you are doing on meeting your goals for this year. 

If you have time, pop over to Sheri's blog and check out  the participants of the REBEL WRITER'S PLEDGE Members.  You might find a piece of advice that serves your writing/life style perfectly!

HAPPY WRITING!!!!

(I'm heading back to my office and my manuscript until February 14th when I announce the winner of my book giveaway.)

HUGS TO ALL!!!!

49 comments:

  1. that sounds awesome! thanks for the link =)

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  2. Goals are so important to keeping on track. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Fabulous goal, Sharon! Adding it to our list. I love seeing how everyone views goals and what's important to each writer.

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  4. Good luck with your goals! I had to eliminate a few of my goals as things change over time. They were becoming trivial and even distracting.

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  5. Hi! I'm here for the Rebel Writer's blog hop. I keep a planner with my daily goals too. I'd be lost without it. I'm a new follower. Nice to meet you. I look forward to stopping back.

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  6. Oops, it appears that I am the rebel without a cause!

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  7. Hey, Sharon,

    I am so glad to hear all is well and you are meeting your goals.

    I am on track at the moment too. I still have a bit of catching up, but at least I am back in the blogoshere connecting with all my amazing friends.

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  8. Keeping journals with your goals in them is a great idea! I might try that. Thanks and best of luck with your goals this year.

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  9. I need to take your advice here. I always have a hard time sticking to my goals.

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  10. Great advice to write down accomplishments in relation to one's goals each day. It can be so motivational to do that. Good luck with all of your goals!

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  11. I definitely do better when I write things down in lists or in planners. Wishing you lots of luck in achieving your goals!

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  12. I'm totally a rebel writer too. I'm still working on the blog...and goals. ;) Good luck with your Sharon!

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  13. hmm... I made a goal. Now I need to figure out how to make it SMART. Thanks, Sharon! Great acronym--good luck w/your goals and the MS! :o) <3

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  14. hooray for you being a writing rebel! im glad youre doing all the goals for your writing and for your health stuff. wow! how cool is that!
    ...hugs from lenny

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  15. Having a fitness program is important. I do the P90X thing. I'll do it for a couple weeks then take a couple weeks off and take walks. Like to mix things up. Yard work is great exercize too.

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  16. I'm so attracted to the level of OCD you've attained in keeping track of your goals. You're my hero Sharon.

    And let me know if you come to a conference in SoCal ever!

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  17. Hey, that's a great idea about the planner, so you can see how much you've done each day toward your goals.

    My first year, I was very specific about my goals (still am). I even listed under each one what steps I needed to do to achieve it (um, don't do this anymore).

    Good luck on reaching your goals this year!

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  18. I have a daily planner also. I make a list of goals for each day. I don't always finish all of them, but it's encouraging to see the progress I do make.

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  19. Hi Sharon .. hope all is going well - and success will shine once February comes round - mind you - you have one little elf in the background keeping tabs on you ..

    Cheers - Hilary

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  20. So great to set goals in writing, then we are constantly reminded of them!

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  21. Aren't you the organized one?! That planner is great!! :)

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  22. I like the idea of writing what you did each day that was working towards the goal. I think I'm going to get one started for me this week...after I make the goals that is. ;)
    - MaDonna

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  23. Fantastic idea! All the best with your goals!

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  27. I love your smart goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely. So true.

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  28. I love the idea of a calendar to record what you get done! Somedays, I need it just to feel like I actually accomplished things, and didn't work all day with nothing to show. ;)

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  29. Since I cannot commit to long-term goals, I've come up with a different approach. I write two or three goals per day in my calendar. I'm visual creature so I need to see it in writing, otherwise I sabotage myself. So far, this has worked for me ;)
    Cheers!
    Keep on writing, Sharon!

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  30. It's the first thing I did on the very first days of 2012; I wrote a list of what I expect to attain by the end of the year. Hopefully, I'll be able to make it :)

    I'm a professional actor and freelance writer.
    A bloggie friend recommended I visit your blog, so here I am.
    My blog is about acting, writing and anything else related to art and life, all presented through my typically lyrical style.
    I'm now following your blog.
    You're welcome to visit, and if you like what I write, I'll be happy to have you as a follower too!

    All the best,
    Jay
    jacopopaoloni.blogspot.com

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  31. I wish I could get my muse to cooperate with my goals. She is not helpful.
    I think I have to go more towards Claudia's route. I don't have an organized personality and that's what goals have to work around.
    Had a huge thirty pound cat that looked exactly like the one below only without a tail. Loved that pic.
    Awesome blog.

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  32. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

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  33. Hello! I linked over to your blog via Lynda's BBQ. Your goals match mine, including the eating better and staying healthy. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs in the future!

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  34. I think your planner idea is excellent. I've been writing my totals down on a Word document each day. Less pretty than a planner.

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  35. I'll check out the link.

    How you're filling up your planner looks awesome.

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  36. Fabulous goals! I'll check out the links now...

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  37. This is so awesome! Thanks for the links!

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  38. What a cool idea to have your totals on a calendar. All the best with your goals. Thanks for the links.

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  39. Putting writing first has to be the priority! Go, Sharon! :)

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  40. Hi, Sharon! I just wanted to say hello as I've just discovered your blog and am a new follower. Hope you're having great luck with your manuscript!

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  41. Such great goals! And you're right--keeping track is very important. Love ya, girl! Best of luck working on your writing.

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  42. You can do it all! (and gators do rock!) Good luck with everything! And, do, keep us posted on how your fitness regimen works out!

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  43. I also took the pledge. Good luck with your goals!

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  44. I see how we differ...you manage to take a break from a break, and still stay on track. :)
    Good luck with all your goals.

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  45. Wow Sharon, that's a great idea! Will start working on it! : D

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  46. Great plan, Sharon. I love goals, especially ones you can write down and check off. I always have exercise and be healthy on mine. I also want to cook more from scratch (I have bread in the oven now). I keep a monthly writing goal sheet. This year I want to journal more and research my next novel. Of course, I vow to send more queries.I hope we both reach our goals.

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  47. Hi, Sharon. I've nominated you for an award. You can stop by my blog to pick it up.

    Susanne Drazic
    http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com

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