Every year most people I know make New Year’s Resolutions with the very best of intentions. Some people resolve to lose weight, quit smoking, handle their money better, take better care of their health, etc. I have to admit I’ve resolved to do all of these except quit smoking (I’m not a smoker) at least once in the last 10 years or so.
We all start out doing well, but then something happens to throw us off track and those well intended resolutions become a thing of the past, something to be forgotten about and never mentioned again, well until the next new year. I read somewhere that a study was done and 78% of all New Year’s Resolutions fail. I don’t know if that’s supposed to offer comfort for those of us who fall off the resolution wagon or if it’s supposed to shame us into getting back on.
I didn’t keep a single resolution I made in January 2011 so I decided to take a different approach this year. Instead of setting myself up for failure once again, this year I’m resolving to keep doing the things that are working for me.
- Setting monthly goals – By setting a monthly writing goal, I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Instead of saying I want to write two complete manuscripts this year, I say I want to write x amount of pages this month. It seems to help me stay on track if I have a bad day or two where the words aren’t flowing.
- Exercise 4 days a week – I’m not one of those people who love to exercise. In fact, I hate doing it, but I have really bad knees (4 knee surgeries in 4 years) and exercise helps keep them limber. By exercising only 4 days out of the week, it gives me an out if I don’t feel like doing it on a particular day.
- Take time for me – Okay I didn’t do so well with this one after Impetuous was released at the end of August because I spent a great deal of my free time trying to promote my book. I plan on getting back on track with this after January.
- Take a day off from anything writing related once a week – I usually don’t even turn the computer on on Sundays. It’s a day for me to spend time with family, do things I haven’t gotten to during the week, or on occasion, spend a lazy day on the sofa with a good book.
- Stay organized – I’m one of those people who has a place for everything and everything is in its place. For example, if you come to my desk at work and borrow my stapler and set it down someplace other than where you took it from, as soon as you walk away from my desk, I’m moving the stapler back to its spot where it belongs. This helps me stay organized both in my writing and every day life. I like knowing where everything is so that if I need something I don’t have to spend hours searching through stacks of notes or paper looking for that one piece of vital research to move my story forward.
How about you? Do you have any Anti-New Year’s Resolutions?
Katherine Grey writes historical romances set in London, England during the Regency period.
Her novella, The Muse, involving a secondary character from Impetuous will be released later this year.
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