Setting realistic goals is much more important than you might think. I am a dreamer and a procrastinator at times. Setting a goal and sticking with it keeps me on track and focused when I would rather stare dreamily out the window and imagine my beautiful, perfect story....instead of actually getting down to the business of writing it.
I have set a goal of five pages per day, 35 pages a week. If I can maintain this then I estimate the first draft of my current work-in-progress to be complete by October 31st. I did the math. I am an accountant....I couldn't help myself.
I know I can do it and committing to this goal forces me to stay on task. I might have to skip a day for unforeseeable reasons but overall its a realistic goal. I tend to work better when I'm inspired or in a certain mood but I am also stubborn so I resist that side of my nature and want to develop habits that will benefit me in the long term....when I am writing full time on a deadline.
It also helps that my husband pushes me. I think he is dreaming of buying a Harley if I sell a book. He has his own goals in life.
What goals have you set for yourself?