Whether you've already set your freelance writing goals for the New Year or you're still deciding what they should be, let's focus on the big ones today. When you set major goals for your business, how can you keep yourself focused and working toward them all year long?
One of my favorite tactics is to take baby steps. I'll break down a large goal into workable steps instead, or I'll set smaller goals along the way toward reaching my big goals. For example, if I set a traffic goal of 100k pageviews per month for a site, I might set a smaller goal each quarter to make sure traffic was progressively going up -- maybe 40k the first quarter during one month, having a month hit 60k the second quarter, and having at least one 80k month during the third quarter.
As another example, if I set an income goal of $100,000 per year freelancing, I'd break it down into monthly goals of around $8300 per month. Then if I missed a month's goal I'd still be able to salvage the yearly goal by increasing a goal the next month or splitting the difference over upcoming months and working harder to bring in more income.
I usually have several big goals during the year. Some I reach and others I don't. But when I do pull off a major goal, it's almost always because I broke it down into baby steps to keep me motivated. This coming year my big goals are book-related and I'm breaking those down into weekly word count goals just like I did with the nonfiction book this year (where the first draft will be finished by the end of next week). Before I set those very specific smaller goals, I just couldn't stay motivated consistently.
What about you? Do you prefer to break down big goals into baby steps or tackle them in some other way? What are some of your own big goals for the New Year, and how will you break them down to make them a reality?