Last year my resolution was very cryptic "Make Lemonade". Basically it was just to stay strong despite anything life threw at me. I didn't set off to a good start but I'm definitely in a better place emotionally now. In fact, I am feeling more focused and more determined to achieve my goals so my resolutions this year will be more SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-sensitive)
My plan it to improve Mind, Body, Soul & Writing. It sounds a bit hippy but I think they are all things that are healthy and will make my life more positive. There is no harm in that.
There are so many resources online that I can read but often when I have the urge I over do it. I read so much that by the end I've forgotten it all and becomes a waste of time. I shall set aside time and this will include time for editing and critiquing - honing the craft. It also includes working on my blog.
Measure: At least two blog entries a month, five critiques a month, edited at least one chapter and read a resource
We all need to exercise and keep fit. I'm going to try and do something every other day. I have a skipping rope, a hula hoop and Wii Fit - they are all fun things so it shouldn't feel too hard. I have a Pilates DVD I've never used and would like to learn yoga, Tai Chi, Belly Dancing or some other dance craze. I will start with my Pilates DVD and to keep it fresh get a new DVD each month. My friend does teaches a fitness class on Friday's that I will stop skiving off.
Measure: Managed to turn up to at least 2 classes a month, the Wii is out (and been used) and the Pilates DVD has been introduced to the DVD player.
I need to relax - people who know me deep down will know that's an understatement. It's mainly my minds fault, it just won't switch off. I over think things and my imagination can be a curse. My plan is to enjoy more long baths, do my nails (got a gel kit for Christmas), perhaps do a face pack, snuggle up in bed with a book, watch TV and do nothing but chill. Seeing my friends is good for my soul so I'll definitely make time for them.
Measure: My nails look good, I'm smiling and I've seen at least one friend every week
I will make sure I spend at least 15 minutes a day writing and make sure time is spent on my novels. I write snippets all the time, throughout the day. My novels are taking the real punch. I'm so distracted with improving my writing (editing) that I've lost time for what I enjoy. I love my imagination and it needs to be watered regularly otherwise it will wilt and die.
Measure: A daily Opuss and I should be able to easily produce a whole chapter in a month (ideally 4 but I don't want to get over ambitious when I'm still struggling to switch off my internal editor).
Monday: A random mini-workout followed by writing (body & write)
Tuesday: Write for 15 minutes, then, an hour of research followed by an hour of editing or critiquing (write & mind)
Wednesday: Wii Fit workout, then relaxing long bath, followed by TV (body & soul)
Thursday: Write for 15 to 30 minutes before seeing best friend (write & soul)
Friday: Go to fitness class, hang out with best friend afterwards. (body & soul)
Saturday: Some type of pampering, then work on whatever area I feel like, i.e writing or mind (soul)
Sunday: Work on the blog/website and then work on novel (mind & write)
To make my resolution smarter, I will also evaluate and reevaluate.
I'm going to assess how I am getting on at the end of January and then adjust my schedule accordingly. I don't want the scheduled to hinder me but structure my life enough to maintain my focus. I don't want to feel unmotivated if I can't keep to it (life happens) and I haven't forgotten how to make lemonade.
Target Date: 31 December 2013
Target Goal: I will have a schedule that works for me even if I re-write it every month. I will have a sense of achievement and success that I am moving in the direction that ideally will take me closer to publication.