Setting goals is practically synonymous with the beginning of a new year. I typically don’t set resolutions, as I find I tend to lose interest in them within weeks. But I am goal-driven. So I sat down on 12/30 and mapped out my goals for my personal life (things like getting back into my daily exercise and meditation routine) and my writing life.

I used to write every day. Oh, I didn’t necessarily work on my projects daily, but I did work on something: a writing journal, daily writing exercises, projects…something.

That changed in 2010. Why? I don’t know. But I do know that I do better on many many levels when I commit to writing fully…and for me, that is daily.

Now, I’m not a tyrant about it. I know that life happens, things come up, vacations, etc. I figure since I only work at my day job 200 days a year (give or take), I should at least write 200 days a year.

So, that is my goal – daily writing to the tune of a minimum of 200 days this year.

I found out a lot of people have the goal of writing daily as well. In act, Jon Arntson and a few others blogged about it yesterday. They even added an extra incentive to keep them on track. Jon is giving to a fabulous charity each and every time he falls short of his resolution (in addition to a donation at the start and end of the year).

Well, I liked that…A lot.

In fact, it gave me an idea.

Rather than give to a charity if I don’t achieve my goal of writing 200 days, I am going to give every time I DO write.

So, each and every day I write something – journal entry, work on my projects, writing exercise – I will donate $1 to Jon’s charity, Room to Read.  Now, I’m not counting blogging as part of my writing, but almost everything else counts. 

Once a month, I’ll tally up my writing time and make a donation. And then I’ll let you all know how I did – just to be accountable.

What do you think? Sound like a win-win to you???

What are you doing to keep yourself motivated as you move closer to your dreams?


16 thoughts on “Goals for 2011 and Giving Back

  1. Sounds like a great plan.

    I already give a lot to charity, so it wouldn’t work for me. But I don’t need the incentive to achieve my goals. I just do them (unless I forget about them). 😉

  2. I like the dollar a day idea – and yeah, if YOU treat your writing like you’re a professional, that’s the beginning of others treating you like a professional writer as well! I will say that blogging is also writing – though maybe it’s not fiction, it all makes you a better writer (or at least it has made me a better writer overall!)
    Namaste, and thanks for sharing,

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