In Ty Kiisel’s article “Are Deadlines Important?” he reminds us to keep our goals and deadlines SMART:
“SMART” Goals and objectives:
If a deadline is too vague, many writers will simply procrastinate and push off the deadline.
That’s not helpful.
The presentation of a reward after a deadline has successfully been met is always a good idea. The reward doesn’t have to be huge. It could be a walk, a movie, a snack, an outing, a trip to the bookstore . . . whatever motivates the writer!
This counter is helpful in determining how much time remains until a particular deadline:
For example, this is how long ’til St. Patrick’s Day:
Link to the nifty counter here:
(You can also use it to find out exactly how old you are!)
Read Ty Kiisel’s whole article here:
1. Set a firm writing deadline today. It can be for a certain number of words or pages . . . whatever works. Write your deadline down. Post it in a prominent spot.
2. Determine your reward for reaching that deadline. Write down your reward, also. Post it next to your deadline.
3. Now, go write.