How to Bounce Back When Sticking to Goals Gets Tough

The year is almost up- are you ready to embark on your goal-seeking quest?

Before you begin, let us address one final thing: setbacks. I bet you have some awesome objectives, and want to be sure that unexpected twists or a lack of inertia stop you from achieving them.

After all, people would not achieve amazing feats, such as making it to the peak of high mountains and winning major wars, if they turned back at the first sign of trouble.

Here are three things you can to do push back against the challenges you’ll face as you pursue your 2013 goals:

Expect setbacks

Setbacks are inevitable. By expecting and planning for them, we can keep unexpected hardship from derailing us entirely. While it is impossible to know exactly what setbacks you will encounter, it is easy enough to build leeway and protection into your goals.

Even if you cannot completely plan for a setback, simply expecting complications will make it easy to bounce back when they come. Anyone can bounce back from a shattered goal-achievement process so long as one wasn’t depending on a finished piece that didn’t have a bit of glue holding it together.

Regularly check in

Some goals are not derailed by setbacks, but rather inertia. Either one does not see as much immediate positive feedback as one expects, or one simply loses focus.

One thing you can do to avoid this folly is to schedule regular goal checkups. Have a friend check in with you, or schedule times to evaluate yourself, as the days, weeks, and months of your goal achievement process progress.

In the past, I have written letters to myself in the future to be opened at specific dates. When I receive those letters (full of hope from my past self about achieving some sort of goal) I feel all the more compelled to continue my work and not let her down.

After all, we all secretly hope that our past selves would be proud of our present selves, right?

Don’t give up; adjust

Finally, when the going gets tough, don’t give up- just adjust! Say you lose an entire month of your goal-achievement journey due to illness or an unexpected family emergency. Don’t let that setback stop you from striving. Simply move your timeline back, scale down your workload, and keep on moving,

The only thing you should not change is your persistence and optimism! With a hearty dose of those, you can most certainly win!

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How Editorial Calendars Help You Meet Your Writing Goals

Achievable goals are usually broken down into component parts. All sorts of goals are paired with special systems that make it easier for those pursuing them to approach their end states through a series of manageable baby steps.

Editorial Calendars – A Tool for Writers and Editors

The system used by most writers to achieve long-term and large-scale publishing goals is the editorial calendar. There are all sorts of editorial calendars- those for magazine editors, television producers, marketers, etc…. Regardless of their specific use, most editorial calendars share some common elements:

  • They break the year down into months, weeks, and days
  • They take advantage of seasonal themes
  • They enable one to focus on seasonal goals within the context of larger objectives

By creating an editorial calendar of your own, you may find it easier to achieve your online writing goals for the coming year- whatever they may be.

Creating an Editorial Calendar

The process of creating an editorial calendar is pretty straightforward:

  1. Brainstorm and outline what you want from the year. It is fine to lay out several different goals; editorial calendars are particularly useful in making it easy for you to fit and weave them together.
  2. Create the editorial calendar by deciding what, when, and where you will publish different articles, videos, social media posts, and other pieces of content that are related to your goals.
  3. Write, edit, and publish your work according to the calendar’s schedule.

Important Considerations

As you create your editorial calendar, you will benefit from:

  • Considering how you can make the most of different seasons. Consider cashing in on holiday subjects or seasonal events by making sure that you start publishing Hubs on the event around one and a half months before it occurs.
  • Being flexible. One can hardly anticipate everything that will happen in the coming twelve months. Be sure to make your calendar flexible. For example, do not make all of the content you write in September dependent on the content you write in August- something might come up in that month that drives you to focus on something else for a spell, and it would be bad if one small deviation from your calendar completely derails your goal achievement process.
  • Being reasonable. We often overestimate how much we will be able to achieve in any given time frame. Keep your expectations somewhat low in the beginning. If you find that you are capable of publishing high quality Hubs than you initially expected, you can always adjust your objectives accordingly.

As you do not need any special software to create an editorial calendar (all you really need is a physical calendar or a spreadsheet), you can get started right away. I hope you find it to be a helpful tool!

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