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Do You Create Goals Within Goals?

My goals are like Russian nesting dolls. Each large goal contains a whole series of progressively smaller objectives. There are plans within schemes within other plans. It’s also akin to the old adage about how to eat an elephant: you take it one bite at a time. If you don’t break complex tasks down into smaller tasks, and set goals for accomplishing those pieces, you’ll never accomplish anything.

In the big picture I have a goal of making a better living than I am now. That means learning new skills, each of which constitutes a goal. Selling the novel I just started writing is as goal. That starts with daily goal of making word count, which feeds into the goal of having the first draft completed by February, which in turn leads into the goal of having a manuscript read to query by next Autumn,

This site is similar in that respect. I have an ongoing goal of writing posts in a regular schedule. That feeds into building a readership, and that in turn will help with the goal of breaking out of my publishing niche and taking my career up a notch. Wheels within wheels.

Do You Create Goals Within Goals?

Okay reader, this is where you get to participate. Do your plans have other objectives nested inside of them? You don’t have to be a participant in The Merry Writer game to play along here!


The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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