Well, I stayed up until midnight last night, but was so tired I forgot to check my numbers before they went away. So now I’ll have to wait until the reports come up to see how I did in December. So I guess I’ll be putting off my look back at the year for a few days. Which is cool. This frees me up talk about what I want to do this year.
- Really work at least an hour each weekday (30 min. ALONE) on real work.
Not blogging, or any other kind of marketing, and calling that book work. If I don’t get work done during the day, I need to make up the time after everyone goes to bed.
- Complete and release Heroes ‘Til Curfew, the short story about what happened when Joss got home at the end of Hush Money (needs title that’s shorter than that!), possibly another short story, and a full-length book 3 novel.
- Do some real work on outlining the series.
- Write at least 3 scenes per week until the draft of Heroes ‘Til Curfew is finished.
- Complete 1 scene per weekday on the next book. Get back in the habit of sitting down and writing a complete thought.
- Work out a schedule to post at least three days a week.
- Write at least one regular post a week that might interest non-writing visitors. I actually have no idea what it is to be a non-writer, or what interests non-writers. If anyone’s got topic suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
I need to get back to having time for other things in my life.
- I want to read more books this year.
- I want to get back to my doll hobby. I’ve got several dolls that need their faces painted and other maintenance.
- I want to get back to sewing and patternmaking. I enjoy that and I want to find the time to create and publish patterns again.
- I want to continue knitting at least once a week. Getting out with actual people is good for me and I haven’t been to knitting in over a month now. So I’d like to try to do that. Even if I miss my regular day for some reason, there’s no reason I can drop in a different day. (Why am I so rigid?)
- Exercise. While hardly a hobby, ew, I don’t want to give it its own category. So I’ll put in here with things to make time for. I just need to make sure I get up and do some little thing every day. And we’ll see where that leads. I got an indoor bike trainer for Christmas, so maybe I’ll be able to combine exercise with reading this year.
I used to be pretty into Flylady, which was a huge help to me. I’ve really slacked off on that since my daughter started school and I’ve turned my attentions toward creative pursuits.
- Restart the baby steps and re-establish routines
- Get back to regular menu planning because getting the cooking/shopping stuff under control always makes things run more smoothly. I’ve got some great recipe management software now, so I should be able to make this not so much of a chore.
- Make this the year I get rid of all the excess crap. I’ve still got most of my daughter’s baby clothes and toys. I’ve got tons of fabric and yarn I’ll never use. I’ve got mountains of paper books that will never be read again (and as most of them are too old for the used bookstore, I’ve no idea what to do with them).
It’s pretty safe to say I mostly failed at Christmas this year. I don’t ever do a
fabulous Christmas, but I usually do a lot better than this. I usually put away a little cash out of my grocery money every week all through the year and then have most of my gifts purchased by November. I usually give lots of gifts of homemade cookies. None of that happened this year. Nor did I send any cards.
In previous years I’d done the Holiday Grand Plan, and I’d even run the LJ community for it for the last few years. Since it starts at the end of August, right when I was into marketing Hush Money, learning a ton of new stuff, trying to get the print version out, etc, I turned the running of the group over to someone else and didn’t participate. And when Christmas came around I could really feel the difference. So this year I need to get back on that wagon and make this Christmas better and less stressful at the same time.
If you’ve read this far, you’re pretty awesome (and possibly really bored). Thanks for hanging out with me while I think through my life. This probably looks like a lot, but I don’t think there’s anything new here, or anything that’s not what I already feel I need to be doing. It’s just working out how to be more consistent with all of it that’s a problem for me.
Organization. Maybe my real intention is to stop being my own worst enemy. Help me help you, Susan.