Day 20: Milestone 4

Why are these milestones every five days?

Goal setting theory essentially suggests that people perform to meet their goals. The goals that we have as future scholars are measured in years. So it is really easy to get lost. After making no discernible progress in a year, I started the 100 Day challenge as means to keep myself accountable over a relatively short period of time.

I also realized that my goal – complete my proposal draft – was still too big to effectively focus on it. I chose five days because:

  1. It evenly splits 100 Days.
  2. It is the equivalent of one work week in the real world.
  3. It gives me the ability to quickly see if I am getting off track.
  4. It helps me see patterns in my work output.

So now, how did I do in the last five days?

On Day 15, I set myself some SMART goals. This is how I did:

  1. I sent an update to my advisor.
  2. I sent an update to Mentor 1 & 2
  3. I DID NOT finish VBA adjustments for Embedded Norton Bass Models – I only finished 33%
  4. I completed the Operationalization section of the Lit Review!
  5. I finished the themes section, introduction, future directions, and conclusion!
  6. I wrote 5,840 words. That is more than double!

By Day 25, I want to:

  1. Finish the last bits of the lit review: references and tables
  2. Complete the Norton Bass spreadsheet
  3. Begin outline of theoretical development for Paper 2
  4. Write 2,500 words

Now to celebrate Day 11 of #AcWriMo:


I am tracking my progress here.
Join me: 100 Day Challenge Tracking.

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