Writers: Are You Setting Yourself Up To Fail?

The unintended effect of well-intentioned word count targets

The Problem With Targets

If I can’t even muster 500 words a day, I’ll never get it done.

The Difference Between Momentum and Inertia

I’m A CEO: How Do I Manage Complex Projects Wearing That Hat?

  • Why? — I want to complete a first draft so I can edit it into a version I might publish.
  • What? — I must write 90,000 words, give or take.
  • How? — I’ll turn up every day and write as much as possible, even if that’s just one word.

The Curse of Unintended Consequences

Further Reading About The Unintended Consequences of Targets

  1. A Wharton Professor Says This Common Management Practice Can Have Unintended Consequences
  2. Target Culture: Lessons in Unintended Consequences
  3. Unintended Consequences and Goodhart’s Law

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Exploring the intersection between good organisation and creativity |Blog | Digital Garden | https://bettercreativity.co.uk/