5 Goal Planning Tools that Writers Can Incorporate into Their Daily Lives

I’ve been doing this series on goal-planning with a writer-oriented take on things. One of the most common complaints I hear from writers is that it’s hard to carve out time to write. And I totally get it too. Between work, the kids, the spouse, the garden, walking the dogs, exercising, cleaning the toilet (I have a thing about cleaning the toilet) and fixing our daily meals, it’s hard to slot time enough to crunch out even one page of creative writing.


But, this is the deal: If you’re not writing, you’re not a ____________ [fill in the blank].

I’m not trying to be mean. Like I said before, I know it’s hard to allot time for writing. But you have to. You have to spend, at the minimum, 15 minutes per day writing and at the maximum–you set this number. My max number feels like Utopia to me. If I could write all day–uninterrupted? I think I might die and go to Heaven. At least, I hope it’s Heaven where I end up.

So, in light of my most recent blog articles, I’m including in today’s post:

5 Goal Planning Tools that Writers Can Incorporate into Their Daily Lives

On the bottom of each PDF, you will find this statement: “Complete this worksheet and post it on your wall. Look at it daily. Spend at least 10 minutes each morning planning. Fill out your daily To Do List. Take the action steps necessary to reach your goals. Making a regular habit of reviewing your goals and taking action on a daily basis, you’ll be better able to achieve them. If you need more space for goals, print a goal extension worksheet, fill out and hang below this worksheet.”

You can change your outcomes by changing your behavior (aka, your attitude, your belief system)

I really like this list from FlowingWithChange.com

If you’ve ever taken any business management courses, you will see a variation of the following PDF’s which are your four tools. The fifth tool is a link to the website where I found the four PDF’s. But the website has many more free organizational downloads.

  1. The FACE FEAR Worksheet
  2. Your Goal-setting Worksheet
  3. The SMART Worksheet
  4. Your Goal-defining Worksheet
  5. I found all of these PDF’s on GoalSettingBasics.com

And, believe me, I know it takes a huge amount of time to think about this stuff and to fill out these forms. But, once you do this step, all that’s left is to update your worksheets on a monthly or (even) an annual basis.

Of course, you could always just cut to the chase, do what I say and write daily–spending fifteen minutes to an hour to get into a better habit. See, within an hour’s time, you will have written approximately 1,000 words. One thousand words a day, equates to 30,000 words a month. That’s a bunch. That’s a novella! If you write daily, imagine what you could produce in a year’s time.

The possibilities are endless. Plus, when you write daily, chances are if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, or one of the other social sites, you will garner the attention of an agent and possibly get a publisher. They will see that you can be relied upon when you get a contract and agents and publishers really like that. 🙂


I write daily. You can too. After blogging for about an hour in the morning, I jump over to whatever my current work-in-progress novel happens to be. Right now, I’m writing a dark psychological thriller about heroin addiction, drug dealers and those left in addiction’s wake. 


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