Okay, I'm having a hard time plowing through this edit, so I checked where I was to remind me how much I have done: I started with 301 pages of manuscript. I've edited 158, so I'm more than halfway, and am now up to Chapter Thirteen (I'm not triskaidekaphobic), having increased the word count to 72,134. I'll continue to track this here.
Why? Because public declaration of a goal is one way you can increase the chance of accomplishing it. You hold yourself more accountable if you've announced it, and besides, other people will ask. I knew a colleague who used herself as an example of goal-setting in a workshop. She was looking to buy a condominium (=apartment outside the US), and gave her example as a goal to buy one by the end of the year. She happened to be visiting that client a lot, and every time she did, she'd bump into someone who would ask "did you buy that condo yet?" It annoyed her into doing it!
Of course, for some people that's so anxiety-provoking that it works against them, but I don't expect that to be the case for me. Enough people already know I'm working on this!