It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and I suddenly realized it’s going on almost 11 weeks since the New Year and all those resolutions (verbalized, or not), and I decided to reevaluate my “to do list”. I currently have 18 items on it, some of them have subcategories, some are on-going, but of the 18, I’ve been working through 14 of them. Not too shabby. Some days I flounder. Some days I struggle with my writing. Some days I feel like all I’ve done is run in circles, but at least I made the list to keep me focused. It’s like a tether that draws me back to reality. I bought a monthly wall calendar to keep track of goals and to visualize them. I created imaginary deadlines, and some more concrete…and yet I still feel like I could have made better progress. I’ve let too many days pass without doing a thing…at least on the writing front.
I feel like maybe I should cut myself a little slack, but then I think, I can’t slip back into old routines and bad habits. Maybe I need more (or better) structure. I applied for a six-month membership giveaway to a local writer’s space that would give me an “office”. I’m crossing my fingers. It’s too easy to be sidetracked at home. This is why I think I should have done more these past 11 weeks. I felt I was making progress on my first script, until I hit that historical snag. I switched gears, started working on something else, and then figured out how to solve the first problem. I started making progress on the other piece, then got the news that I could start writing for “real”. On an actual show. So I’ve had to switch gears again. I better write down all those thoughts.
So how are your resolutions coming? We’re three months in. What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter when you decide to change your outlook, just that you do. If you’re struggling to make your way, reach out and find the resources that will help you move forward. The New Year was a great jumping off point, but you don’t have to make those new year resolutions to make things happen for yourself. So what that it’s March?! If there are things you want to accomplish, each new day is your new opportunity. So in this vein, here are a few articles that I hope you’ll find helpful — 1. 50 Ways Writers Can Prepare For the New Year 2. 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump 3. 6 of the Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers
Here’s to continuing progress! Best of luck everyone!