This post is about a lesson I first learned with NaNoWriMo, in 2008. And with Script Frenzy. It comes back every time I need to get something done but keep procrastinating on it.
Small daily goals will make the task possible.
It’s silly how easily I can write 1000 words in a day yet if you were to ask me to do 7000 in a week, I’d spend the first half writing nothing and panic in the second half. I might succeed, but it won’t be smooth sailing. And they certainly won’t seem as good as when I do 1000/day.
The same is true with editing. I need to know what I want to accomplish each day (“one scene” or “three pages” or somesuch), or I’ll procrastinate and laze about and do half a page before calling it a day.
There’s a reason behind it. Small goals are easy bites to chew. Rather than looking at the large picture, you’re looking at the immediate and simple target. You hit that target every day and before you know it, bam, you’ve made it to the big goal!
Some writers function best in big chunks, but I’m definitely not one of them. I work better with the easily attainable objectives. One step at a time. I might not have made it to a 50,000 words total in March, but I bet I wouldn’t have written half of what I did without the daily target goals.
So if you’re having troubles reaching your objective, try this! It works wonders for me, especially when I have folks to berate me when I skip a day.
The equation is simple: Daily Goals + Cheerleader Team = Success.