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

How to Set SMART WRITING GOALS blog

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…

How to Set SMART WRITING GOALS

 

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…

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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

The infographic was made with canva.com.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Create A Life-Changing Morning Routine

create your own life changing morning routine

In January I tested out different variations of the so-called “life-changing morning routine“.

The main result was that, yes, it does make a difference if you crash into the day or if your start it with mindfulness and purpose.

But no, there is no “one fits all” morning routine. There is probably one best routine for every soul out there and if we want a life-changing routine, we need to find our own.

That being said, there seem to be certain content categories to a life-changing morning routine which – with individual content – make up great morning rituals.

It DOES make a difference if we sleep enough – whatever that may mean. It DOES make a difference if we start the days eating healthy (whatever that may mean to your body!) – or eating junk, pondering our dreams – or worrying about the day, having time enough – or running around feeling stressed, being chaotic – or with a plan.

It literally changes the outcome of the day.

The “life-changing morning routine” is NOT to be seen as strict rules, they are rather kind of guidelines. Every new habit that is incorporated is a success. Trial and error is to be expected when building up a good routine that works for you.

Do YOU want to change your morning routine a little?

How can YOU start each day with purpose?

How can YOU change your life a little bit every morning?

Built on my main findings I made you guys a cheat sheet infographic you may use as guidelines to create your own life-changing morning routines!

You may use it to start building up your own great routines, and if you do, I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Anything in particular that works really well for you? I’d love to hear about that, too!

Here it is, the Cheat Sheet:

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet Life Changing Morning Routine

 

Liked this infographic? I would love it if you would share it!

I wish you all an uplifting week!

Best,

Agnete

8 Tips: How to Keep Writing and Stay Motivated

NaNoWriMo2015The National Novel Writing Month is coming up!

Here’s a short pep-talk from me to you, to make sure you are well equipped with great motivational strategies! ❤

NaNoWriMo participants (and every other writer visiting my blog); I wish you awesome results and lots of fun!!!

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How to Organize Your Own Writer’s Retreat in 6 Easy Steps

retreat (spiritual)
[ri-treet]
noun
1. the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.
2. a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy: The library was his retreat.
3. a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.
4. recreational holiday. In this context retreat means to leave everyday business for a few days (weekend-retreat) up to weeks.

Make room in your life for a retreat. Think it as a gift to yourself – a way to connect with your life vision – or perhaps even a way to finish your book…

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Crowdfunding Campaign Coming Up!!!

I know it seems like I’m doing nothing, but let me tell you this: Things are swarming behind the curtains. Truly.

My tiny fairies with golden wings are coordinating plots and ideas, tasks and adventures.

My main elf (read: coach), with her cloak of wisdom and white dress sparkling with creativity, is showing the way with her compass, map, wild ideas and wind in her hair.

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How to Get Started Writing a Book

To Vanessa, who asked me about this, and to every dreamer out there wanting to write a book.

1. Firstly, make sure you really want to write a book…

It sounds odd at first, but think about it for a second. Continue reading

Yes, I’m Gonna be a Full-time Writer! 5 Important Insights Six Months In

I’m now six months into the coaching program GAL (Get a Life) with my wonderful coach Jodi Nelson. We decided to work together at a point in my life (six months ago) when I finally found myself ready to say YES to doing everything in my power to make my biggest dream come true: Becoming a published writer. Continue reading

Calendar Week 9: How my Life Changes Little by Little

Due to a family member being sick, my energy was low and I worked at a slow pace this week. My wonderful husband cooked for me every evening, giving me strength enough to finish my weekly goals. (Thank you!!!)

The main goal was to fulfill all my commitments first,  my primary weekly commitments being one blog post and my work shifts, which meant four days in the shop and one day teaching Norwegian. Continue reading

Calendar Week 8: Working Like A Snail Towards Becoming Published

About the journey of writing and becoming a published writer…

Current Weekly Writing Goals:

  1. Work on “A Heart of Fire” for 4 hours in a row on a day of my choosing.
  2. Post one blog post per week. I’m working on consistency – publishing only as often as I can definitely post and still make it, no matter what.
  3. Despite of my day job and my writing goals: Stay in touch with my friends!
  4. Write my journal to keep track and to plan well, to reflect and to learn

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My 5 New Year’s Writing Resolutions

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Do you have New Year’s resolutions?

I have five New Year’s writing resolutions and I’ve tried to keep them practical, measurable and doable. Continue reading

A postcard from the North Pole

northpolFather Christmas, his loving wife, their twelve children and twenty grandchildren, the one hundred and nineteen elves, some fifty ice bears and I am sending your all the warmest Christmas wishes! Continue reading

Eye-opener: Translating a poem is really hard

It is so hard to translate my book The Heart of Fire into English – especially since the book starts with a poem that is also a riddle and a prediction…!

Translating the poem is so hard, it takes so many hours, and in the end, I only have a few words that I stare at…

Hold my breath and think…

Nah, I better rewrite the entire thing. Continue reading