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Progress Update 1: My 4 1/2 Day Challenge

In One Hundred a Day? Are You Crazy? I shared my Birthday goal here at Persona Paper. It may seem a bit lofty, but it is really something that I would like to have to celebrate a milestone in a few weeks.

In order for me to stay focused I set mini-goals, which some may find equally as lofty, but it works for me to keep me looking forward.

It has been 22 hours since setting my end-of-month goals: To reach 10,400 coins by 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 30th. I set a writing goal of 25 new entries from that declaration.

So, nearly 24 hours later, I sit at 10,134 coins, and this is my ninth article.

With goal-setting, it is important to assess whether one is on-track with their efforts and adapt, where necessary. So, in doing so, this is how I break it down:

  • There are nine 12-hour periods in the goal period.
  • To increase by 400 coins by goal-end, it would mean I would need 45 coins each 12-hour period.
  • To accomplish the writing goal of 25, I must submit 2 to 3 each period (2.78 actually).

To measure my progress over the last (nearly) 24 hours, I simply do the math:

  • Two 12-hour periods times 45 equals 90 coins. I am at 134, thus far, so am one period ahead of goal.
  • Two periods times 2.78 articles equals 5.56. This is my ninth, so I am well-ahead there, as well.

This type of analysis might drive some crazy, but it shows me exactly where I am, so I do not have to feel guilty should I decide to go take a walk, go to the library, go grocery shopping, or anything else I want to do to work life out, including writing.

Step-by-step, we can do what we put our minds to whatever we want to accomplish.

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Kasman wrote on June 27, 2015, 2:52 PM

This type of analysis is right up my street! It is only by carefully watching the statistics that anyone (or any business) can really know how they are doing.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:06 PM

Kasman It is where I can take my desire to set goals, do a quick analysis, and then just write. It's a way for me to marry them all up. Then, and only then, can we adjust. That is not to say that we have to go crazy. Sometimes, we have to adjust/adapt our goals to make them more manageable given a particular trend, not always push harder. Thank you for this comment.

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:54 PM

That is great. You know you are ahead so you can enjoy what you are doing. I break things down also. Man baby steps add up to a big step quickly

MegL wrote on June 27, 2015, 3:59 PM

I like to use motivation charts but a couple of years ago, I created some that were just colouring in sheets for children, say for example you had a tracing of a fish. Fish have scales. Each coloured in scale represents 1 task completed. If you need to have it within a certain timescale, you could use a tracing of say, a palm tree, where the trunk is naturally divided into sections and ensure that you fill a quarter of the sections each day, for a 4 day task. Or you could have a horse or elephant. One leg or trunk represents a day, so a horse does 4 days and an elephant does 5 days. Divide the leg or trunk into as many sections as you have tasks for the day. Pin it up where you can see it, so you see your progress and get reminded of tasks still to do every time you see it.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 4:03 PM

wolfgirl569 If I don't break them down, I get too crazy and forget to have fun and seek balance.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 4:05 PM

Now THIS appeals to the "kid" in me. emoticon :smile: Thank you, MegL

Paulie wrote on June 27, 2015, 11:21 PM

Goal setting is fine, but I don't think I could ever measure in detail like you do how I am approaching my goals whether they be writing on PP or doing genealogy research.

CoralLevang wrote on June 28, 2015, 2:44 AM

Perhaps, it is because I was in sales for so long. I analyzed things, because it was money-driven. This isn't so much money-driven, but the analyses skills are the same. Thanks, Paulie .

Paulie wrote on June 29, 2015, 2:10 AM

You do a good job of analysis. Maybe if I did more of an analysis of my wiriting, I would do a lot better financial wise,

DWDavisRSL wrote on June 29, 2015, 11:24 AM

I actually read your second progress report first. Kudos to you for setting and sticking to such ambitious goals. I hope you reach them all.