I just found a cool little plugin to help me keep track of my monthly writing goals (checkout the progress bar on the right). I find that charting my progress works well for me. The only way I was able to maintain this month’s membership in the Double O Club was because I charted my progress.
A few days ago I was contemplating starting a new blog. On that blog I wanted a simple way to chart progress so I spent some time combing the web looking for something that was easy to implement and did what I needed.
After implementing it on my new blog, I thought it would be nice to have here on No Job for Mom, so here it is.
The plugin is called ProgPress . It’s a WordPress plugin. It’s simple and easy to download, install, activate and use. It uses smartcode or the more traditional comment style code that programmers use to make comments within programs. If you don’t know anything about commenting in programs, it’s okay. Smartcode is just as easy, if not easier to use. For example, to put the October progress bar on NJFM all I had to type was :
Tracking My Writing
I keep track of the articles I write in an Excel spreadsheet. Therefore it wasn’t tough for me to insert the necessary information. At the beginning of each month I list my writing goals and try to achieve the goals by the end of the month. As I write something, I document it in my spreadsheet.
I’m not so sure I’ll update my progress bar daily. I guess it will depend on how much I feel like goofing off. If I’m not in the mood for writing, but in the mood for playing around behind the scenes, I might update it more frequently. Other times, not so frequently. Rest assured, however, I will update it before the month is out to see how close I am to reaching my goal.
Having public goals helps to keep me on track. That said, I do put more weight on making money than my article count. I feel the same way about page views. I can only pay the mortgage with money, not article count or page views. While I enjoy keeping track of my writing, the real measure of success for me is how much money I have left over at the end of the month.
Time to Change
Now that I’ve uploaded this post, I can change the number from 94 to 95. Just one step closer to my goal! 🙂