After watching this class, I was especially drawn to the idea that you can apply project management techniques to personal goals. I like the idea of holding myself more accountable for my personal projects in this way, so I decided to set a SMART goal for a writing project that I've been procrastinating on for awhile.
The goal? Write and submit a piece of writing to ten different publications by the beginning of March.
I started, as Nikki recommends, by listing out my tasks and categorizing them. I broke them into two categories: Writing and Submitting.
Write first draft of article
Complete first round of edits on article
Have 3 friends review the article & provide feedback
Complete second round of edits on article
Complete final round of (minor) edits on article
Create spreadsheet of publications to submit to
Draft pitch letters for those publications
Submit writing & pitch letters to publications
My next step will be to go through these tasks and assign each one a deadline so that I can stay on track to meet my goal!