I mean, it kind of did. I wrote a very short piece of fiction and posted it on the blog. I had a birthday and lived through it. My two kids are awesome and my family is as healthy as usual, and I got to spend some time with friends.
But I failed both with moving 20 minutes a day and writing 30 minutes a day every day of January. I hit maybe five days total. Does this sound familiar to you? It sounds like every single story I’ve heard from disenchanted New Year’s Resolution-setters, and it is not unfamiliar to me, either.
Here’s the thing, though. I failed, but I also succeeded. I went for several really great walks which felt amazing, and I haven’t done that in a really long time. I didn’t do it every day, but I did it a few times, and it was good. I wrote a bit more on a story I had thought would be done by Christmas, and those are words that my undiagnosed, depression-prone head wouldn’t have otherwise cared about getting done.
So a fail, but a win.
I’m going to not think about February tomorrow until February hits tomorrow, because today was enough.
What I will say is this: write more and move more are still good goals.
The first couple weeks of January have gone by, and we are officially past the halfway point.
I’ve been thinking about the two goals I set for January, but am having a hard time keeping up with them. Nothing particular is getting in my way except myself and my own lack of willpower. I’m currently listening to The Power Of Habit and I’m learning some interesting things that might help me get back on track.
Enough about what’s not working, and get to the point, Nicki.
I was watching to one of the many YouTube creators I’m subscribed to, and one person had a massive list of goals for last year, and I really enjoyed listening to her list the goals and add a Swedish-accented, “Check!” after each one. And really, I do have more than just two huge goals I want to accomplish. Maybe they won’t all happen this year, but also maybe if I don’t verbalize them, they’ll never happen.
And maybe I’m just generally full of crap. But I’m still going to share the list I made – here we go!
Random List of Things I’d Like to Do Someday so Why Not Now?
Start a YouTube channel
Read a book every week
Take a day off every month just for myself
Create a daily visual art habit
Do/Start a 365 Challenge
Finish my portion of the Jackman T book
Create a coloring book
Write 20 books in a year
Quit my day job
Get G’pa’s rose tattoed somewhere
Build a cat-proof Christmas tree
“KonMari” my things
Learn enough Yoga so I can practice in my living room
Do the A-Z Challenge in April
Publish my 2019 A-Z Challenge in May
Replace the living room sofa with a comfortable futon
Create a daily meditation habit
Go to one party at Sunshine’s house
Go to Diva’s summer party
I could go into detail on these, but maybe I’ll do that once I accomplish them. And they might not all happen this year, but what if they did? That would be pretty damn amazing.
I think I need to spend some time with this list. Do you have any suggestions for what I should add to it?
Oh, hello there! I’m so glad you came back to read more – or that you found my blog and decided to start here!
It’s officially 2019! And with a bit of hemming and hawing; researching and borrowing of ideas; thought and letting the wine think for me; I have decided on how to make progress with my Write More Words goal for the year.
In the process of deciding what my goal should be now, I also came up with some ideas for future goals, such as daily word count goals, writing X novels in X days, and writing X short stories in X days.
But since my 2018 was fairly wordless, I am going to start simply in 2019 to get myself back on track. So for the first 31 days of 2019, my goal is to:
Which I think is 1) very reasonable, 2) pushing myself to develop a daily habit, and 3) provides ample space to expand and do more.
To stay accountable, I will be posting on Twitter once I get my 30 minutes accomplished, maybe with an actual time written and a word count for the session. Cheers would be lovely, as well as check-ins to see how I’m doing, if you’re feeling so inclined.
Falling Off Track
So what happens if I fail and miss a day of writing, or don’t make time for the full 30 minutes?
I try again the next day.
I think about why I didn’t get 30 minutes of time – was I “just not into it”? Poor time management? Not waking early enough? And once I can pin down what happened, I work to eliminate that as an excuse the next day.
I don’t scratch the entire goal as a failure. I don’t beat myself up. I don’t delete the blog and go into hiding. (I’ve done these things, and they don’t help anything.)
So that is the plan! Help keep me on track, if you’d like, on my twitter – @nivixious. I’ll probably end up making a progress post or two here, as I really, really like blogging. Oh! And 30 minutes of blogging is not going to cut it, by the way. I’ve tracked my blog and fiction words in the past, and it felt like blogging “counted”. But since part of the goal is to end up with a publishable piece, nope. No blogging toward the goal.
I’m going to follow up on my Move More goal in a separate post, maybe tomorrow, so feel free to check in for that!