BYE BYE! SAYONARA! ADIOS 2017! You will NOT be missed! You had you’re run, and even just a little of good within you, but overall, you were rotten! To the core. One sweet spot cannot hide the stench. Good bye and good riddance!
Hello 2018! Here’s mama! I expect you to be a wondrous new start! If 7 is the number of completion, then 8 is the number of new beginnings. Just like anyone else, I have a few new resolutions to accomplish. Writing is most definitely one of them, of course! For me, there are 3 big ones.
I can’t be the only one who slips up every now and then. Ok *cough cough* constantly, don’t judge me! Admittedly, I fail at this. All the writing gurus proclaim to journal daily or write some epic new piece, and yet, I wallow in my own proverbial ink filth. Besides my blog, I’ve written a grand total of 3 new pieces this year. I know, I know. I gasped, too!
So this year! Nah ah! Down with the procrastination! This year, I’m putting pedal to the metal and making strides. That means:
1.) Setting a specific time for my writing – daily at least 10 – 15 minutes
2.) Establish a writing day – like the above, this encompasses a full day of at 3, 10 -15 minute intervals for a max interval at least 45 minutes. Obviously, it can be more, but a specific day where I designate more time to write that the usual.
I have this weird habit of waiting until the last possible moment for my own projects. My clients…its a breeze. I make sure their work is completed in a timely fashion, but my own passion projects tend to take the backseat. Not good. Yet, oddly enough, I work great under pressure. When I give myself due dates, even when I procrastinated through the whole thing, I still manage to crank out amazing work in a short span of time. That’s not to brag, but for me, it’s a fact of life.
So, this year, I will establish due dates – this means, choosing a specific date when the current project MUST be completed.
This inevitably will make me take my projects more seriously and therefore, motivate me to complete my task. With the added pressure of a timeline, putting the nose to the grindstone will help me stay on track even when I’m tempted to falter.
Establishing consequences – this is a specific result of making specified goals. If it means, taking away chocolate (which to me is pure and living torture) or forbidding myself my Saturday morning Netflix binge…so be it. Writing is paramount!
For me, I will also appoint an accountability partner. This person’s specific task is to motivate me and if necessary enforce the punishment. I find this works best with someone closer to you, and it does not necessarily need to be a writing buddy. Your mom, sister, teacher, or anyone else in your life whom you trust with this task is helpful. I find that an authority figure in my life is the best person for this task.
In the end, though, it all boils down to you. How badly do you want it? Do you even want it at all?
Most creatives are notoriously shy about their work. I mean…it’s our baby, a tiny fragment of our soul we’re bearing for the world to see. For many of us, exposing someone to our work is intensely personal and intimate. We can feel like our whole soul is on display in all its naked splendor. In other words…IT’S HARD!
But this year, this year! I will swallow the lump in my throat and FINALLY put my work out there. Starting this year, within the next month, I will be setting up my YouTube channel where my work (mostly my poetry and writing advice) can be viewed. I am intensely nervous about this; I’m literally having palpitations just thinking about it, but I feel like it’s the right thing to do.
I’ve been too long in the shadows, watching my peers passing me by. Lord, help me, (my palms are literally sweating right now) I will do this. Wish me luck!!!
Does any of my resolutions strike a chord with you? Which one? What are some of yours for the new year? What plans have you in place to ensure success? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let’s get the discussion started!
Until next time, Genesys out!