How to Set Achievable Daily Writing Goals to Boost Your Confidence

Goals are a great way to surpass your current skill levels by making you push boundaries. However, it’s incredibly easy to set goals that are just unrealistic. What can you do to create achievable writing goals, and why is this important?

Well, first off, setting a goal that is completely outside of your capabilities only leads to frustration by setting yourself up for failure. Each time you don’t achieve your expectations, you become less likely to continue.

This is true in just about anything, really. Losing weight, dating, career choices…setting the bar too high can be your undoing.

Now, you do want to push yourself to achieve some of those milestones. Otherwise, goals would be useless. It’s how hard you try to push yourself that tends to make the biggest difference.

Nonetheless, you need to know your limitations.

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7 Steps to Create Logical Writing Goals

Everyone has an idea of how to set up goals. Unfortunately, not everyone focuses on the right things. For example, I know a lot of people who aim for getting a certain number of blog visitors every month.

In reality, you should focus more on goals you have absolute control over. After all, you can’t force someone to read your work.

So, how do I create writing goals that helped me become the success I am today?

1. Keep a Positive Mindset

First, let’s talk about your mindset. Being positive when approaching goals and projects makes a massive difference in your ability to achieve some high aspirations.

Now, being positive about writing 25,000 words in a day doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll succeed. You still need to keep those aspirations realistic.

In the beginning, I was positive about doing what I could to become a freelance writer. I didn’t get depressed when editors hated my work; I simply kept positive and learned how to fix those issues.

2. Be Realistic with Your Writing Goals

One thing I see a lot of new writers fall into is setting unrealistic expectations. For instance, I know one YouTuber who claims you can make $500 per day on Textbroker.

That’s not realistic for a plethora of reasons that I’ll go into in another blog post.

My point is that you need to understand yourself, what you can do, and where you want to go. For me, it was simply to write more today than I did yesterday.

3. Keep Track of Your Progress

One of the most prominent tools that helped me gain the success I enjoy today is my spreadsheet. In fact, I talk about it a lot both on the blog and the YouTube channel.

So, you don’t need to go to the same exuberant lengths I did by setting up an elaborate formula. Yet, keeping track of your progress in some fashion can give you an idea about the type of goals to create.

By monitoring my productivity every day, I went from writing 1,000 words per day to setting a goal for 10,000. Of course, it took me quite a while to get to that point.

But my progression helped drive every daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals I’ve set for myself. Yeah, my spreadsheet is pretty damn elaborate.

4. Create “Deadlines” for Yourself

As a writer, you’re only truly accountable to yourself. Sure, you might have clients who are eagerly awaiting some projects. However, you are your own boss and have to keep yourself motivated.

A lot of us will create deadlines whether it’s for client work, blog posts, or novel writing. And they work, when you’re positive about reaching those moments.

Just make sure your “deadlines” are realistic for your own needs. Don’t assume that setting a deadline to write your next book by this weekend is going to help you write 30,000 words per day.

Use your current level of progress as a guide to push yourself a bit further for when you want certain projects done.

5. Use Project Management Apps to Keep On Task

Project management apps are wonderful things. I use Asana to run everything from my GreenGeeks workload to the YouTube video ideas I get from viewers.

A good project management app can help you stay on task, help you remember what you want to create, and even help streamline your deadlines. The best part is that many of them have free versions.

I use the free version of Asana to run just about everything I create online.

6. Make Sure You Have Adequate Time in the Day

Another big issue I’ve seen from other writers (and have experienced myself) is the lack of time. Some people set their writing goals so high that there literally isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done.

This is especially difficult when you have kids, a regular full-time job, and balancing a social life.

This is also another reason why I keep track of everything in the spreadsheet. I know just how long certain projects will take me on average based on the number of words I can write in an hour.

7. Aim to Write More Today than You Did Yesterday

As I’ve said before, I started my writing career by simply writing more today than yesterday. Even if it was by a single word, it was still an accomplishment. And it’s something that I carry with me to this day.

Though, nowadays, my spreadsheet is so advanced that I try to get my average words written per year to surpass what I actually wrote last year. I’ve added a lot to my spreadsheet since 2012.

The idea behind this is to help boost your sense of pride and accomplishment as you write. The better you feel about your abilities, the more eager and positive you’ll feel about the next day.

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How Writing Goals Boost Your Confidence

So, setting up goals can help you keep productive while increasing how much money you make throughout the year. But how do they affect your level of confidence?

Well, I kind of touched a bit on this earlier. It’s all about helping you realize your potential as a writer.

When you start consistently breaking personal records and finding ways to streamline your writing career, you begin to develop a strong sense of confidence. This can carry into a variety of situations in your life outside of writing.

Case in point, publishing my first book filled me with an incredible sense of confidence as a creator. It also helped me realize just how much I bring to the table in both my personal and professional life.

And from a freelancing perspective, hitting 10,000 words in a day for the first time made me aware of just how good I really am.

Now, I’m not trying to boast or gloat. On the contrary, I’m merely demonstrating just how immensely beneficial it is to set goals and continuously surpass your own expectations.

Examples of Writing Goals

The steps above sound great on paper. But what if you’re not sure where to start? I suppose that really depends on your aspirations as a writer.

As I cover freelancing, blogging, and self-publishing content, a lot of example goals might be vastly different depending on your needs.

Here are some examples of writing goals you can set that are close to universal:

  • Write X Amount of Words in 30 Days
    I say “30 days” because a lot can happen on a day-to-day basis, especially if you’re working with content mills.
  • Write X Amount of Words Per Day
    Writing a certain number of words per day is better for bloggers or novelists as it is something you can control.
  • Hours Spent Writing Per Month
    One of my most prominent goals is the time I spend working on projects. Currently, I’m set to break last year’s record.
  • Read X Blog Posts About Writing Per Day
    Not all goals need to center around production values. In fact, I spend a lot of time researching how to perfect my skills.
  • Watch X Videos on Writing Per Week
    I’m always hesitant about making goals centering around video content. It’s very easy to get sucked into the weird areas of YouTube.

Anything that affects your abilities as a writer is time well-spent. This includes watching YouTube videos and taking notes, bookmarking your favorite writing blogs for future reference, or even writing fake articles for yourself.

Once in a while, I’ll even take to TypingTest.com just to keep my fingers nimble. Not to mention I love the layout of that site and enjoy seeing my stats as a typist.

What Do I Count When Creating My Goals?

When I keep track of the words I write, I don’t include everything. That would just make for a long and very mundane day. For example, I’m not going to count every word that I put on Twitter or in an email.

That would just be a bit obsessive.

Instead, I only count words and time that are relevant to me as a freelancer, blogger, and novelist. This post, for example, will net me well over 1500 words for the day. Then, I’ll keep track of any work I do on my next book.

Or, maybe I’ll take to Vocal media and crank out a blog post there, which counts for both writing time and words.

I’ll also include any “research” time that is necessary for me to grow as a creator. This means keeping track of the time I spend reading blog posts, watching videos, or setting up schedules for the projects I manage.

This is mostly why I’ve shifted my writing goals to keep track of time rather than words. A lot of what I do today for clients doesn’t require a lot of writing. In one case, I’m merely an editor and content planner.

So, I now focus on the time I spend working on my own projects as well as that of my clients. Don’t get me wrong, I still aim to write a million words this year. But my primary focus is time management nowadays.

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What Kind of Goals Are You Creating for Writing?

Goals can be as simple as you want. Just keep in mind that the idea of creating goals is to push yourself to greatness. As long as you make logical and reasonable objectives for yourself, you can take your writing career pretty far.

Even if you plan on just maintaining a blog.

Create a plan of action and become the best version of yourself. It can lead you to opportunities beyond your wildest dreams.

At least, it did in my case.

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Michael Brockbank

Michael has been a freelance writer since January of 2012. He has completed more than 8,000 jobs for a variety of clients ranging from animals to travel. Currently, he is the Content Marketing Team Lead of GreenGeeks Web Hosting.

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