How Goal Setting Built Momentum into December
|5399 Coins Earned||$8.09 Earned||200 Articles Written|
Last month was the most successful month that I have had since signing up at Persona Paper on June 12, 2014.
It took hard work, but I have developed a momentum over the last six and a half months that I did not have the previous year.
When I look at the patterns over just the past 12 months, when I made the decision mid-June to take it seriously, I began to develop new habits. The one habit that is most obvious is:
Since the beginning of July, I wrote 175 days out of the 184, or 95.1%, and submitted 730 articles in the past six months, which is an average of four articles a day.
My goals were simple: Write daily, strive for three a day, and earn 100 coins each day.
Some might say that I "have failed," because I did not write nine days out of six months. Or that for 66 days of that six-month period I wrote fewer than three per day. Or that since August 15th, there are 44 of the 138 days that I earned less than 100 coins in each day.
This legalistic approach to goal-setting is self-defeating.
I would encourage anyone to get rid of this kind of thinking, if you have a tendency to put this kind of stress on yourself.
When you begin anything, it is not wise to try to "go from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds," as is said. You have to start with smaller, achievable goals.
If you set a goal to write two articles a day for a week, and you can easily do so, and you find that you want to write more, then go for it. Write a third. Do not change the goal just yet; simply exceed the goal.
After a week or two, if you find that you exceeded it every day but one, ask yourself if you could adapt the goal to write three a day for a week. Try it and see if you develop momentum.
You may not even notice that you are doing it.
This is what has happened for me, as in the first six months of the year I wrote only 120 days of 181, or 66.3% of the time. It was in the second half of June that I began to write more articles daily and had 7 of the 19 days when I wrote five to nine articles in a day. That is when things began to change for me.
I am in the process of doing a bit more analysis of the past six months and planning for January, but I am leaning toward changing the goal to writing five daily, and 150 coins daily, just to see if I can maintain that pace in January.
If I do, I can project that my coins will be at 12720 at the end of January, and I could be at the 13334 cash out level by February 5th. In keeping with this pace, I would have 15000 by February 16th, and would submit for payment, fourteen weeks after my last. This would shave off one week.
This may sound a little bit scary, but I would encourage you to take it one step at a time. If you need help, there are plenty of people who can help you figure it out.
Just remember to not listen to those who say, "It cannot be done," because it can. And it is not as hard as some make it out to be. You may be made of tougher stuff.
©2016 Coral Levang
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