Using this criteria, instead of writing, "I'm gonna write more," you write, "I am going to send out 100 queries by January 31, 2008."
Some goals are not entirely in your hands. For example, my book is ready to be sent to publishers/agents. Of course, in my mind, my goal is to get a book deal this year. But if I make that the goal, there is nothing for me to do to make that happen. So one of my goals is to send it out to 26 publishers and agents. That simple (ok, not so simple, but you get the idea) step, propels me toward my goal of getting a book deal.
When I wrote goals for my students I often broke them down into three month segments. That way, we could all see the progress in increments that came sooner than 365 days. So, here's to it! Here's to writing and to goals and to another year filled with accomplishments.
Happy New Year Friends...Happy New Year! ~Karen