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Sign A Writing Goals Contract With Yourself (part 2 of 2)

by Jennifer on January 13, 2010

Yesterday, I wrote a post about setting reachable writing goals for 2010. If you’re ready (or when you’re ready) to commit to your writing goals, consider signing a writing goals contract with yourself.

I found this idea on the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog.

Signing a contract with yourself is a really good idea for a few reasons, including:

  • It forces you to give up your excuses and commit to your writing.
  • It will keep you accountable for reaching your goals.
  • It will serve as a reminder of everything you want to accomplish.
  • It will keep you on track because you know where you’re heading.
  • It will help you measure how you did at the end of the year.

The Main Point

Let’s face it–You can make goals and go after them without signing a contract with yourself. But the point of the contract is for you to make a commitment.

Because if you never make a commitment to your writing, you’re setting yourself up to fail.

If your writing is important to you, if you want to make your writing goals a reality, you have to be willing to make writing a priority. And you have to be willing to commit yourself to making it happen.

Writing Goals Contract
If you’re ready to commit to your writing; if you’re ready to make your writing goals happen this year; copy the following and paste it in the comments below (you can also go a step further and paste it in your Twitter feed, on Facebook or on your blog):

“I, __________, commit to make my writing goals happen in 2010. I will take small steps everyday that will move me in the direction of my dreams. I promise to make writing a priority in my life and stop putting myself on the bottom of my to-do list.”

Feel free to write your own commitment and post it in the comments below, as well.

Productivity Rewards
Don’t forget to reward your progress. Productivity rewards are a great way to keep yourself motivated and on track.

Rewards don’t have to be anything fancy or expensive. You can simply reward yourself for writing by spending 30 minutes reading or by taking a walk in the park or playing your favorite video game for an hour. Whatever makes you feel rewarded.

So…what are YOU committed to this year?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.

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1 Megs - Scattered Bits January 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I love the idea of productivity awards. It’s something I don’t always think about because in my family, it’s work, work, work all the time, every day. Something accomplished, something done has earned another project.

Hmm…

Well, I already told you what I’m committed to this year (too many things… :shakes head at self: but making good progress anyway), but I think I need to figure out a systematic approach for rewarding myself. One of the things that initially was tough at my job was that more than successful productivity (I rated in the top level) did not bring any greater rewards. Once there were tangible benefits (brought out my second year on this job), then it was easier to actually motivate myself—both ways.

:thinking, thinking:

I’ll get back to you on the rewards thing. I like it. Now, I just got to get my perspective properly wrapped around it. 🙂

2 Samantha Clark January 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Great idea, Jennifer. I linked to this from my blog. If writing is important, it really takes a commitment to make it work.

3 Samantha Clark January 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Oh, and my commitment is to continue to write every day, no matter what. I’m on track to make my goal of finishing my revision by the end of the month.

4 Laura Lee Bloor January 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Thanks — this is an excellent idea! You just inspired me to share … don’t be surprised when you see what my next post is about!

5 Mary LaFountain February 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I am so ready to write. Everyone loves my prose and poetry. I’ve been told that a have a fantastic way with words. I have thre books in mind and need to start working on them again. Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll get that contract signed and start today.

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