Writing Goals

As you are reading this post, get interests from the title: Writing Goals, I assume that you like writing as well. Writing is always one of my passion since I was a child, I loved reading and wanted to express myself by words, it provides a unlimited imaginary space. I just always  think of being a writer, making wishes on writing every year, but…. I procrastinating for life!

As a general small potato in Hong Kong, I work in the environment using Chinese. There aren’t many chances in using English after I graduate. Until recent years, I have feeling that my English is lagging behind since I haven’t been using it often in my daily life. I feel insecure and definitely would like to improve  it asap!!! What I can come up with are reading and writing in English for practicing. Thus I spend more time on reading English novels, non-fictions, and blog articles. And I started writing journal in English from last year, for building a writing habit up.

Most of the time, I enjoy my time in journaling, putting feelings on the paper, it is kind of releasing stress.

My Writing Goals

Go back to this post, I’ll keep record on how I decided and actually work on the 2013 Resolution Projects. Here, I’m announcing one of the major goals: Writing.

Basically, there are several projects about writing:

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A quick trait of being motivated

At the beginning of this blog, as usual as my past year, I decided to write down all my plan at the computer, I didn’t even think to print it out (it sounds cool that everything run at e-format).  I’m, still, using jorte apps at  my smartphone for scheduling. It is very convenience as I can keep amending and  updating with Google.

For the Weekly/Daily Plan, I used to write at an Android apps “Doit.im” which was under GTD format and able to syn with my PC at home & office.

However I was not enjoy in using this since it was very rigid that allowed to input text only. I couldn’t use symbols, drawing & tables….a bit boring!

After years and years of goals failure, that I ended up forgot all about my so called “Resolutions”, I started to think how to keep my passion. Thus I would like to create my personal binder file in personal development.

During my searching on personal development, I found some interesting sharing on (all from female, don’t know why): organization. Some of them even shared that they created a binder file on personal growth, I could see how excited when they were introducing their binder file (or sometimes in a notebook/planner format). Then I though “It looks so cute and interesting, why don’t I create one for myself?”.

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Making productivity: to-do tasks

I have to admit that last post was a bit boring, I’ve been running several new habits that my time management is a bit confused (time management should be another topic that we will go through). Last post shown how to define and setup goals. But, Goal setting =/= Goal achieving !

There are certainly tons of things we need to do afterward, an action plan is necessary to create that providing the whole picture of the goal achievement. It should contains the tasks, expected completion date, resources required, and target.

Here I’m trying to use myself as an example. Let’s see how I work on for that…

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Interesting arguments: Goal vs No Goal?!

Interesting arguments: Goal or No Goal?!

During the research of goal setting strategy, I recently went over some discussions from Leo Babauta (from zenhabits) “The Best Goal is No Goal”  , Jeff Goins (from Jeff Goins Writer) “You Don’t Need a Plan to Change Your Life” … , they claimed not to set goals in our life for less stress and simplicity. It is an interesting point of views and made me considered about how goals setting might helps me with.

Referring to this point, David Damron (from LifeExcursion) published a post “5 Reasons Leo Babauta is Wrong About Goals (inc. Leo’s Response!)” He argued to the importance of goal in our lives.

I would say we can success without goal setting if we are passionate enough, for those who are self-disciplined and organized person can “burning their passion” and achieved what they wanted. It is not necessary to set up long-term goals, short-term goals, action plan… officially.

However, for some people, just like me, usually need guidelines and 3-rd party assistance to maintain our passion. We are easily getting lost without road-map.

Therefore goal setting is essential for someone like me, and I will keep going on this blog.

Goal Setting

Everybody knows what is goal, it gives us the direction of our life. And there is no point here to discuss why we set goal, since we all do it every new year! Just to ensure : setting right goals and setting goals right!

Dream a big dream, based on each aspect on our last post, let’s think about what you would like to be, to do and to have, in each of different aspects.


In searching around goal setting strategy, there is a popular concept, SMART goal. I never doubt for this concept since it seemed very sufficient and highly recommended by most resources. Basically S.M.A.R.T. stands for 5 criterion:


It is important to ensure your goal should be fitted into all of these. Then you will come up with a list with goal of each aspect and that should be measurable, such as:

Health: loss 20lbs;
Finance: increase 50% of current income;
Study: finish reading a book monthly ….

Note: “Be more healthy” is not a sufficient enough, you will not able to confirm weather you make it or not.

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