Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IWSG and the New Year

So it's a new year, when people write down what they want to accomplish over the next 52 weeks. A clean slate. A fresh start. A time that's booming with potential. Except, it's also the close to a year. I'm optimistic about the year ahead, but I also realize just how much I didn't get done last year, and it's kinda depressing :-/

I tend to reminisce about what I could and definitely should have done. My biggest insecurity- that I'm just going to fail anyway so why try- sneaks in and wrap themselves around my mind until I'm defeated and ready to quit. Luckily, I'm also determined, so I'll sweep those insecurities out of my mind for awhile and start over. I'll make a list about everything I'm going to do. For real. This time, I'm totally going to do it! Until I don't. I make my goals so big, that I overwhelm myself. I might stick to them for a short period of time, but eventually I fall off and instead of jumping back on and continuing full force ahead, I get discouraged and quit for awhile until I can fight the insecurities all over again.

Instead of dwelling (which I have a bad habit of doing), I have a new strategy to the new year. While I've made out a goal of the projects I want to do this year, I'm not making out a daily plan ahead of time. Very rarely do I ever actually follow a schedule if I make it. My new plan this year is to write down what I actually do each day. My hope is to analyze how productively I use my time, and to become more productive all around in my life, but especially my writing.

So that's my biggest goal of the new year. What about you? Are you good at following schedules or do you prefer to just go with the flow?

Oh, and Happy New Year!!! :)


  1. Yes, don't dwell! Use your new strategy to fuel your drive. :) Think on the positive side, and don't allow your schedule to make you feel bad. They're little goals, and always subject to change. I'm terrible at following my schedule. I keep it as light as possible, and don't allow myself to get too bummed if things go awry. Good luck, my friend!

  2. I don't have a daily plan. Maybe I should...

  3. Yay! Another YA author! Greetings, Genissa. From your IWSG friend, Rob.

  4. That's a great idea! I have a bad habit of going to bed each day worrying about the things I didn't get done. I need to look back on all I accomplished and give myself a pat on the back instead!

  5. I like that plan. I was all set to start the new year off with much writing and healthy eating and then . . . my kid got the flu, then I got the flu, and after much chocolate and sleep, I'm ready to get back on that productivity train. Just a little more web surfing. Just a little.

  6. committment is my biggest problem. I make lists and goals and then immediately find ways out or to procrastinate. I hope you are better at keeping to your schedule.