Everyone have their resolutions ready? I don't, I never stick to them, so why bother? However, 2011 is going to be a huge change for me in more ways than one. I'm writing this on Sunday because on the 3rd I start my new job. Yes I officially started my new 'day' job 11/29/2010, however it's only been training.
What I'm doing instead of resolutions is re-evaluating the changes in my life and adapting. Setting realistic goals, and then not beating myself up if I miss one. Planning ahead, as with my M&M blog post. I'll prepare and schedule the post ahead of time whenever possible. Setting aside at least 20 minutes a day to write and 20 minutes to edit. If I can swing more I will. But with a full 9 hours between work hours and lunch away from my writing, I can't promise myself more.
Why set myself up to fail right out of the shoot of the new year? Why say I'm going to write an hour a day when I know that's going to be tough? I don't know how my new schedule or the actual job will take a toll on me. My hours are 1pm to 10 pm which are usually the hours, that when I actually do write, is when I write.
I quit my 'day' job over 5 years ago to stay home and write. I planned to write hours every day like a full time career. Did that happen? Nope, I would wake up and get all my email, blogs stuff, Facebook, Tweeter and anything else out of my hair. Then it would be time for lunch and then I settle in to do whatever--sometimes. And usually by 10 pm I'd realize I'd accomplished nothing. I'd think, 'what the heck have I been doing all day?' I hadn't a word on the paper to show for it. Granted this did not happen every day, but way more often than I care to admit. And most of it's because I knew I had all day the next day to write. I'd let myself get caught up watching the grandkids. Getting involved with RWA chapter, which is not a bad thing except in the fact I let it take over and I'd volunteer for everything. Then I'd complain because it ate up my writing time. As if I didn't dilly dally enough anyway.
I wrote more consistently when I worked full time. So here it is, 2011 and because of circumstances beyond my control I'll be writing around a full time job, again. Maybe now I'll write more consistent. And if it is only 20 minutes a day, it's better than frittering away the whole day with nothing to show for it.
If you haven't set all your resolutions or goals, please consider carefully if you're setting realistic goals and/or resolutions for yourself. Are you going to pull them out at the end of the year and wonder what you were thinking. Or slap your forehead and say, "That lasted all of a month." Or are you going to pull them out and check off everything you accomplished and be proud of yourself, even if there are one or two small tasks you weren't able to finish. If you finish/accomplish the majority of your goals and/or resolutions you're ahead of about 90 % of the population.
Good luck to all of you in 2011. May all your hopes and dreams be accomplished.