Many writers set daily or weekly goals. Stephen King in his book On Writing tells how he sets for himself a daily goal of 2000 words, after which he is free to do as he pleases. Other writers set goals of 1000 or 500 words per day. Some go with 4000 words per week.
If you do use your word-count to measure your progress, what exactly is the goal you set, and what counts towards that goal? Is it words only, as measured by your computer? Does re-writing a 1000-word excerpt count for a whole new 1000-word stint? What about anti-words? Do you give yourself word-count credit for cutting out excess words? Let's hear from the writers.
Personally, I find that setting word goals is very useful. During those times when I set goals, I meet them, or at least I come close. When I do not set goals, I can become quite lazy! How about you?