How to set SMART Writing Goals (with Infographic and Free Work Sheet)


I am rather often asked how I managed to finish writing three books.

I would lie if I told you it was easy, but I’ll tell you what it was instead: Doable!

Why was it doable?

Because I set very clear, realistic, down-to-earth goals on when to finish exactly what.

Yes, that is my entire secret behind finishing three rather long stories.

Setting reachable goals. Then reaching them. Again and again.

Perhaps you are reading this because you have a story inside of you – how marvellous! – and now perhaps you have hit a road mark where you wonder how you could be more effective or how to make your dreams happen by working more clearly towards your goals.

If so, this post is for you!

I’m here to tell you that since you already have a wonderful idea for a story – or a specific life or a dream – you LITERALLY have what it takes to finish it – and achieve what you want!!!

The secret behind reaching high dreams is to break them down into doable goals, and then work your way towards the goal, step by step. One way of doing this, is by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.

What does that mean?

And how do you set S.M.A.R.T. goals for your writing – or for any dream you might have?

Here it is!

Let me tell you with this little Infographic…



By setting S.M.A.R.T. goals our dreams come a little more within reach.

Ready to set your writing goals?

Here’s a free work sheet to help you get started:

My Smart Writing Goals Work Sheet

The work sheet has three pages and it looks like this…

My Smart Writing Goals Work Sheet-page-001My Smart Writing Goals Work Sheet-page-002My Smart Writing Goals Work Sheet-page-003

Have fun setting your S.M.A.R.T. goals!

I hope you set your own goals and give yourself the time to experience that goal setting really can do magic to your dreams and your ambitions!

Did you find this post helpful? I would love it if you would share it!

Do you think it is important to set goals – or perhaps rather to go with the flow? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

I wish you all a lovely day!

– A.J. Lundetræ

Your writing success is not a coincidence

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8 thoughts on “How to set SMART Writing Goals (with Infographic and Free Work Sheet)

  1. Thank you for this post! 🙂
    I think it is important to find a balance between setting goals and going with the flow. Some contingencies may take more time than you might have planned. The stress level should not increase so high that it paralyzes you.
    You are doing a great job! .-) You seem to be a well-structured working person reaching her goals in several projects simutaneously while encouraging your readers. That is awesome and admirable! 🙂
    I am very good in creating and visualizing my dream and breaking it down into small goals and single steps but I am very poor in taking action and reaching goals. Although my dream is splitted in small goals I feel like standing at the base of a mountain that is unscalable.

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  2. Hello, Inga!

    You’re very welcome and thank you so much for your kind comment!

    That’s great – that you’re good at creating and visualizing your dream and break it down into small goals and single steps!
    I find it very interesting that you still describe yourself as “poor in taking action” – and it makes me ponder what you could do about it.

    So you feel like standing at the base of a mountain that is unscalable, right? How about trying to reach a minor dream first – and thus build up the “muscles” you need to conquer bigger ones?

    Does your dream perhaps kind of “take your breath away” in a way that almost paralyses you? If so, I’ve been in similar phases several times, and afterwards I found that these were phases in which I found it hard to believe I could actually achieve the big dreams. I didn’t quite believe that it was possible – and that I deserved it. The work with affirmations can be a really powerful tool to overcome this fear, so can the technique of B.I.C. (butt in chair) and being held accountable by someone.

    If I knew what your exact goals are, what your steps are, and a bit about how it makes you feel when you think of your big “mountain” – I could help you find out what the real problem may be and what to do about it. If you’d like this, just write me an e-mail, and we’ll take it from there. My email is a.j.lundetrae [at] outlook [dot] com.

    Have a great day, Inga, and good luck starting out with baby steps and taking action. You can do it!!!

    Best, Agnete


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