I am the type of person who needs goals or I tend to procrastinate.
Foe example, this is the first summer in five years that I did not register to run the Rochester Half Marathon or the Rochester Marathon Relay. ANd guess what? I have barely been running. Usually during the summer I run 24 miles a week and this summer I’ve only been running 10 miles. It is a little disheartening. I guess I should have known myself better and made sure I registered early so that I could get the training in. Oh well, I’ll be sure to do so next summer.
I also need goals for my writing. I set small goals for myself and then as soon as I reach that goal I set a new one. This works well for me. Sometimes I try to each a certain word count each day. Once I even participated in NANOWRIMO. Although I didn’t write an entire novel in one month, I did write almost every single day and it was fun to watch my word count go up. I also set goals in terms of chapters, refusing to stop working until the chapter is complete.
This summer I have done more reading than writing. I set out to read 15 books this summer, marking my progress on goodreads. I think I am ahead of schedule, which is a good feeling.
Well, now we all know, I am a goal-oriented person. What about you? When do you do your best work?