Many people make a New Year’s resolution and do great…for awhile. Eventually, they end up forgetting about it, working towards something else, or become unmotivated.
A goal I see many people set for their resolution is to write a book, but by December 31st, few have a complete story (and some haven’t even started it).
I think the issue comes from three areas: loosing interest, feeling overwhelmed, and not being clear on what needs done.
Today, I’ll go over how to achieve the New Year’s resolutions you set. Mostly, this post is focused on achieving the goal of writing a book, but you can apply these tips to almost any resolution.
How To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution
To be successful in your new year’s resolution, you have to know what you want to achieve, how you’ll achieve it, and why it’s important to you.
What is your goal? Try to be as specific as possible so you will know if you’re successful or not.
If you want to write a book, try to focus on exactly what you want to write. For example, By December 31st, I will have written a romance novel about two lovers who get separated by a terrible storm.
It’s okay to be flexible and change this if it’s not working out, but start by knowing what you plan on achieving.
How will you achieve your goal? You must have a clear understanding of the steps necessary to succeed. Try implementing small, but frequent steps to stay calm and be consistent.
The steps you set for writing a book might be to complete one chapter every month or to spend 20 minutes every evening writing.
Why is this goal important to you? To keep motivated, it’s crucial to understand why you want to achieve your goal. You may want to write a book to jumpstart your dream career as an author. Or, maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to do and you want to cross it off your bucket list.
Prepare in Advance
Do as much preparing as possible, so you’ll be able to start working towards your goal right away. This may include planning out the premise of your story, brainstorming ideas, or creating a planner with deadlines and important tasks.
Create a Timeline or Schedule
Along with preparing, before you begin writing, create a timeline or schedule you can follow. Using a schedule will help keep you on track. You can create a week-by-week or month-by-month timeline with tasks you should get done and the progress you should be making.
If you aren’t sure how, or don’t feel like creating your own, you can use my week-by-week timeline that details everything you need to do to write an entire book in one year.
You can check it out on my Etsy shop, here! (I have a sale running through the end of the year so, now is the perfect chance to purchase it.)
Knowing your why will help keep you motivated. However, there are a few other things you can do to keep motivated.
Use motivational and encouraging quotes and affirmations to spark excitement and stay motivated. I also recommend connecting with other writers so you’ll have people you can ask for advice, bounce ideas off of, and offer encouragement.
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