When writing, it’s a good idea to have a goal. Not a vague goal, like “I will write this novel”, or “I will edit my short story”. When you make goals, if you want them to be successful, there’s several things you need to do. Your goals have to be SMART.
S is for Specific: Don’t make your goals, vague, they have to be specific. Don’t say “I will edit”, be specific and say “I will edit my short story”.
M is for Measurable: Your goals have to be measurable for them to be successful. You have to have something to show for it. Don’t say “I will read some of my books this month”, make the goal measurable. How many books do you want to read?
A is for Achievable: There’s no point in setting goals you can’t reach. If you can’t write 1,500 words each and every day, don’t set it as your goal. Instead, set it lower, so you can achieve your goal. Perhaps writing 250 words/day is better for you. Remember, it is better to go over your goal regularly, than to fail often.
R is for Realistic: Be honest with yourself, do you really have the time and commitment to finish the last 100,000 words by Christmas? If not, don’t set it as your goal.
T is for Time-framed: There has to be a time-frame in which you must complete your work. Don’t say “I will write the rough draft to my novel”, say “I will write the rough draft by June next year”.