We’re ending the second week of January and I’m just now writing one of these posts. Procrastination 101, guys!
Though, giving myself time to think about what I want to do and if I can do it was helpful. If we were having coffee, I’d complain about the silliness of making resolutions and why they don’t work for me.
I set goals that are too big!
The timeline for a resolution is in the name. A YEAR. Huge right? …not! But my idiot self will set goals so big that it takes a ton of time to complete them. When anything is too daunting for me to do, I procrastinate and it’ll be too late by the time I get to them.
Life gets in the way.
This is how I interpret my reality: there’re the things I want to do and then there’s life. Life doesn’t care about my ambitions; in fact, it doesn’t care I exist. It does what it wants!
So when life happens, my resolutions slip out of focus (what’s more important: building an author platform or figuring out how to pay that bill you don’t have money for? Exactly. The
To be fair, this is true for any goal. Finding a balance in our lives is a part of being human.
Resolutions? More like a wish list.
This is the main issue. My resolutions don’t acknowledge my reality. I give no thought on how I will complete my goals only that I want to (Write 50 books in a year? Hell yeah! Wait…).
I also forget that things don’t happen cause I want them to. Like, just because I want to get published in every magazine doesn’t mean that editors are going to collective think: Oh, this writer is ambitions and wants to be published in my magazine. I can see she has a ton of talent and is a goddess on the page. Let’s publish her!
So what’s a girl supposed to do?
I stopped making resolutions. It became disheartening to finish a year without accomplishing anything I set out to do.
But…I’m trying again this year with a twist. I’ve made doable quarter goals (January – April) with realistic expectations. My goals are:
- Read 2 Books (1 every two months)
- Freewrite for 15 minutes a day (total 1635 minutes or 27 hours)
- Post daily except on Sundays (total 91 posts)
- Out of bed by 8am 50% of the time
- Outline and Draft “Drowning in Your Sins” (a web serial 🙂 )
- Obtain a driver’s license
- Create a newsletter
I did something like this in 2016 and all I had to do was complete half of them. So that’s 3-4 goals for this quarter.
In case you’re curious, my 2018 “resolution” was to be fearless. Here’s what I accomplished:
- I learned to play the piano
- I earned two degrees
- I’ve let others read my work (poetry and flash)
- I bought the “Inky Tavern” domain name
- I made some awesome friends
- I held onto a job
- I redesigned my blog so that it accurately represents me as a writer
Wish me luck and see you in the next coffee share!