Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Making plans


The problem with New Year Resolutions is that it only takes one slip to break them.

You resolve to adopt a healthy diet, and then find a box of chocolates left over from Christmas …
You resolve to write 1,000 words a day, but on the first day the sun’s shining so you go for a walk first, and have a potter round the garden, and then it’s time for lunch …

I much prefer to start a new year by writing down a list of goals I hope to achieve over the next 12 months. Some are specific (I will finish that novel!); others are vaguer (I’ll try to read more modern poetry).

If a writing goal doesn’t already have a deadline attached to it, I’ll add one. I also put a start date on some projects because I tend to waste a lot of time thinking about what I want to write instead of actually sitting down and putting words on paper or computer. The important thing is that most of these dates are flexible, so if I’m a day or two late I don’t feel that I’ve failed.

But I’m always looking for ways to be more productive so this year I’ve accepted the Write 1 Sub 1 monthly challenge. The idea is to write and submit one new story each month. There is also a weekly challenge for more ambitious writers.

Do you make resolutions or aim for goals? Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping on track? 

4 comments:

Jean Knill said...

I don't ever own up to making resolutions, Linda. Whether I make them or keep them is between me and any all-knowing deity that happens to exist. I like your ideas here though.

sallyjenkins said...

I think creating goals with a date is a good idea - especially if it can be slightly flexible so that you allow for 'real life' intruding.

beejay said...

Like you, I've made goals for this year, and so far am keeping to plan, but then it is only 9th of January. We'll see what happens by the end of the year!

Friko said...

No resolutions, not ever. No goals either. I don’t work well under pressure, not even my own. But I do get things done without.