Goals. Write down your goals, for your writing and your life, and post them somewhere you can see them every day. I post them on my mirror so they’re the first thing I see when I get up, by my chair in the living room, and by my desk. I want to always have them in front of me so I know where I want to be, not where I am. Give yourself incentives or treats, be it gold stars on the calendar, special coffee in the café or a glass of wine at the end of it all. I work better with bribes or incentives. I’ve even started paying myself, putting money in a jar based on how much I write. Then I’ll spend it on a writerly prize: a conference next year.
How do you manage your goals? What are your short-term incentives?