#IWSG: Sticking to Your Goals in 2016

If you’re anything like me, goals are hard to keep to. I make a goal and I end up procrastinating until the last minute and stress so much, I’m like a rubber band ready to snap at any second. I need accountability.

So, I’ve decided to start using the sticker method.

I started seeing Victoria Schwab talk about it a couple of years ago. I thought it was a neat idea, but that’s it. As I heard more and more about it, I got more and more interested. Then I recently saw Liana Brooks talk about using it. I thought about it for a while and I decided that it was time.

The sticker method, for those who don’t know, it’s when you use stickers to track your progress. It can be in anything from writing to exercise to the pieces of gum you chew every day. But, with my tendency to forget about goals until the deadline is looming, I will use mine for writing related things.

Some things will be as often as possible, if not every day. Others will be once or twice a week.

I’m hoping that by seeing my progress, or lack thereof, I’ll be able to achieve my goals at an even pace instead of rushing at the last minute to finish it. It might also be useful to see what days are more productive and what days aren’t productive at all. I’m hoping I’ll have more productive days than not.

If you’re interested in joining me in this little experience, all you need is a calendar and some stickers. They don’t have to be stars=) You can use whatever calendar and stickers you want. And, if you don’t have a calendar, I found a site where you can download one for free. They have several designs so you can find one that works for you.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

How do you keep track of your goals?

UPDATE: Thanks to Twitter, and especially Brighton Walsh, here’s a link specifically for a planner for writers that you can order on Amazon. Excuse me while I “buy with one click”…

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This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (#IWSG). Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, we post the first Wednesday of every month. You can find out more and sign up at the blog and join the Facebook group.

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