Did you make any resolutions this year? Did you write them down? (Stupid question for a writer, right?)
Do you know where that scrap of paper with your personal list is located?
Do you have the energy and/or desire to find it? (If not today, you may want to put it on your list of “things to do” for this week – You may be surprised at your successful completion of some items on your little list or you may get re-motivated to fulfill some of your ideas for change this year!)
After you review your original list of resolutions, take time to re-evaluate your thoughts for the coming year. With 30 days under your belt, you may be better-able to decide what you “need” to do versus what you “would like” to get done.
Some things on my personal list include:
- Organize my time more efficiently.
- Keep better financial records.
- Submit more queries to magazines.
- Write more articles for free publication by ezines and on websites.
- Enter my thoughts into my journal more regularly.
- Read my journal more often.
- Read more books, newsletters, guides etc. for writers.
- Complete my first e-book.
- Interact with other writers online more frequently.
- Take a class just for me.
- Improve my resume.
When I looked back over my little list, I thought about why I listed these items and what may be helpful for the future of my list. Here’s a few suggestions based on my personal progress at this point:
- Set goals.
- Be realistic.
- Set deadlines.
- Be honest.
- Record the “reasons” you included an item on the list.
- Keep a journal of your progress.
- Review your list monthly.
- Adjust order of importance as needed.
- Delete items you no longer care about.
- Add resolutions as your focus changes.
- Give yourself credit for small accomplishments.
Do not give up. We can help each other by sharing our ideas. Writing for a living may be a solitary career, but I believe by communicating with other women writers, we may be able to enhance our creativity, improve our focus, strengthen our commitment and brighten our future! What do you think?
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