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How Goal Setting Built Momentum into December

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5399 Coins Earned $8.09 Earned 200 Articles Written

Last month was the most successful month that I have had since signing up at Persona Paper on June 12, 2014.

It took hard work, but I have developed a momentum over the last six and a half months that I did not have the previous year.

When I look at the patterns over just the past 12 months, when I made the decision mid-June to take it seriously, I began to develop new habits. The one habit that is most obvious is:

WRITE CONSISTENTLY

Since the beginning of July, I wrote 175 days out of the 184, or 95.1%, and submitted 730 articles in the past six months, which is an average of four articles a day.

My goals were simple: Write daily, strive for three a day, and earn 100 coins each day.

Some might say that I "have failed," because I did not write nine days out of six months. Or that for 66 days of that six-month period I wrote fewer than three per day. Or that since August 15th, there are 44 of the 138 days that I earned less than 100 coins in each day.

This legalistic approach to goal-setting is self-defeating.

I would encourage anyone to get rid of this kind of thinking, if you have a tendency to put this kind of stress on yourself.

When you begin anything, it is not wise to try to "go from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds," as is said. You have to start with smaller, achievable goals.

If you set a goal to write two articles a day for a week, and you can easily do so, and you find that you want to write more, then go for it. Write a third. Do not change the goal just yet; simply exceed the goal.

After a week or two, if you find that you exceeded it every day but one, ask yourself if you could adapt the goal to write three a day for a week. Try it and see if you develop momentum.

You may not even notice that you are doing it.

This is what has happened for me, as in the first six months of the year I wrote only 120 days of 181, or 66.3% of the time. It was in the second half of June that I began to write more articles daily and had 7 of the 19 days when I wrote five to nine articles in a day. That is when things began to change for me.

More Goals

I am in the process of doing a bit more analysis of the past six months and planning for January, but I am leaning toward changing the goal to writing five daily, and 150 coins daily, just to see if I can maintain that pace in January.

If I do, I can project that my coins will be at 12720 at the end of January, and I could be at the 13334 cash out level by February 5th. In keeping with this pace, I would have 15000 by February 16th, and would submit for payment, fourteen weeks after my last. This would shave off one week.

This may sound a little bit scary, but I would encourage you to take it one step at a time. If you need help, there are plenty of people who can help you figure it out.

Just remember to not listen to those who say, "It cannot be done," because it can. And it is not as hard as some make it out to be. You may be made of tougher stuff.

©2016 Coral Levang

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Rufuszen wrote on January 1, 2016, 12:17 PM

Thanks for that. I want to up my writing, not just for PP and a method to ease into it is just I need

cmoneyspinner wrote on January 1, 2016, 1:02 PM

Well I don't write consistently at PersonaPaper. But I do work persistently. Dogged persistence! In fact, my hubby suspects I might be secretly having an online relationship. He just can't believe the amount of time I spend daily on my laptop. I tell him he's imagining things and he knows me better than that. Then I remind him that when he first met me I was working my way through college and I have always worked. I don't know how NOT to work. Like you, I also believe in setting goals. It's a great measurement process to measure progress. :)

markgraham wrote on January 1, 2016, 1:35 PM

Most days I can get three a day and I believe I do that pretty consistently when the ideas flow. I can even four and five on some days. Thanks for the lowdown,

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 1, 2016, 2:24 PM

As is often the case in many things, people set such specific goals for EACH day that they lose sight of the fact that goals should be set to be achieved on average over a period of time. You said it well, that while you might not make your goal on certain days, you will probably exceed your goal on others. If you keep at it, you will achieve your overall goal.

Kasman wrote on January 1, 2016, 2:33 PM

All good advice of course but I wonder how many people actually follow this regime?

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 1, 2016, 3:51 PM

I hope you can do it.

CoralLevang wrote on January 1, 2016, 4:27 PM

the people that truly want to be the most successful in life because they will makes things happenno matter what it is that they go after.

allen0187 wrote on January 1, 2016, 9:50 PM

Congratulations on achieving your goals!

Thanks for this post. It is inspiring as it is educational.

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 2, 2016, 12:38 AM

It is good advice. I am really trying to push myself in writing and interacting here.

Paulie wrote on January 2, 2016, 12:49 AM

CoralLevang , I admire you for your ambitious goals. Just out of curiosity, if the exchange rate here on PP was higher than what it is now, would you still try to write five articles daily and strive for 150 coins? Also, why do you always use the tag FOPP?

CalmGemini wrote on January 2, 2016, 1:37 AM

I think it would do me good if I follow your goals,namely-'' Write daily, strive for three a day, and earn 100 coins each day. ''.

CoralLevang wrote on January 2, 2016, 6:46 AM

Paulie Thank you. No matter how one asks me the question about the money and they exchange rates here, I answer consistently: I do not write here or anywhere else because of an exchange rate. I do not pay attention to it, other than to use it as a factor on my spread sheet to put a value to the other markers. I did tne same thing when I was an executive manager in Tupperware. I used goals to meet them for progressing sakie. I did not use them because I needed to make "x" amount of money. I truly believe that if you do what you love, success will follow. It may not be immediate, but it becomes a way of life. So, I would do things no differently. I would just end up writing .... and being paid more. I know that may sound strange to those who are in it for primarily the money. and the amount of exchange.
As ffar as ... I do not "always use" it. Most times, I forget. You can probably do a search for it and the articles on it to find out why and what is behind it. I do not remember all the details. But it's for those who were committed to the site, and making it work, as I recall.

CoralLevang wrote on January 2, 2016, 6:51 AM

cmoneyspinner You are one of the few who truly understands me. LOL
Tell hubby that we are having a relationship, and it's out in the open, it's not a secret. LOL

I, too, "do not know how NOT to work." For those who think that makes me stressed or see my intensity as a bad thing, they will never understand this. I work hard, I play hard. And I do it in most things in life.It keeps me goining. Otherwise, I would be worrying and fretting JUST as hard about things over which I have absolutely no control. Persistence is a way for me to do things that others would say cannot be done, I find the way...just to say I did.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2016, 2:00 AM

Consistency is needed for sure. This is the first year of my life I have posted once a day to a single blog since I started it on Feb. 1. This is the first year I've made more on my own blogs than on HubPages, Wizzley, and Persona Paper combined. I've made six times as much on You Tube as on everything else combined. Of course, I've written nothing new for any of the sites that aren't mine except Persona Paper. It seems that making videos is making more than writing.

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2016, 2:06 AM

#FOPP is a hash tag for friends of Persona Paper. The one who started it left after a few months after being a real promoter of this site. At first I was afraid he'd dropped dead, but I think he still signs in every month. My best guess is that he became politically active and it took all his energy. He is still posting on Twitter.

Paulie wrote on January 4, 2016, 2:24 AM

Thank you for your explanation. I appreciate it!

Paulie wrote on January 4, 2016, 2:26 AM

Thank you very much for the history behind .