What was I going to say?? Oh yeah...
Happy New Year, everyone! I know it’s already the 6th, but I haven’t had the opportunity to wish you all well into 2011! My mother taught me never be rude, LOL!
I had a fuzzy concept on which to base my post today, something having to do with scheduling and goals and stuff like that. It just wasn’t gelling together for me. No matter how I turned it, the thoughts in my head were not translating onto the page.
No fear. The problem has been solved.
Did you happen to catch the great post by Tina on December 30 about What's Your One Word? If you didn’t, you really need to click on that link and read it. It will completely revamp whatever muddled thoughts you (or really, in this case ME) might have concerning all the muddled and time-consuming details sketched out for the new year. In taking the concept of the One Word to heart, all my shooting star ambitions have molded together with amazing clarity.
My word for 2011?
I really have a hard time with the concept. I don’t want one piece of chocolate-I want the whole box.
Jeans on sale? Why buy one pair when half a dozen would be so much better and they all look cute?
ACFW conference a week away? I want to get business cards made, get my hair cut, a manicure, create my one page, make book marks, need new shoes, shorts, slacks, etc.
You get the picture. I’m sure many of you have the same feelings only dare I say, you can either say no to yourself, or plan your time wisely.
Sadly, I fit into neither of these categories. And to top it off…I’m very forgetful.
So, now that you know my deep down secrets ~ yes, confession is good for the soul ~ in choosing my One Word, I have wrapped up all my niggling fallacies and determined appropriate treatment.
Time doesn’t expand for us to accomplish all the goals we want to in life, we have to choose the things that will fit into our day. Wow. When my friend Leslie Ann Sartor smacked this reality at me a few years ago, I realized I’d been trying to stuff 10 pounds of sugar and spice into a sandwich bag my entire life.
This year is going to be different.
I have been given responsibilities in my life: a husband, children, a job and a writing career. If I step back and look at this, I’d say my sandwich bag is pretty well filled. So now comes the hard part.
Learning to say no.
And in saying no, I must now learn to plan. Since selling a book, I now have an additional set of deadlines I must meet. I must think ahead. I must embrace, for example, the summer is my busiest time of year for my day job. It’s also the best time for camping and fishing. It’s also the kids’ summer break.
Add onto that the perpetual reality of writing the next book, marketing in person and on blogs (guest and my own), research, revisions, field trips – gotta scope out those cowboys, ya know – conferences, workshops, and the list goes on.
I’ve taken a few steps into these uncharted waters.
I set aside at least 2 hours every day for writing. I’d like to increase that to 3 or 4, but let’s start with what I know I can work with. Weekends are my wildcard days. Usually that’s where my writing time increases.
So far. So good.
Now I just need to learn to work around them rather than through them, on top of them, underneath them.
So? How about it? Have you chosen your One Word? Or written your goals? Or determined to break/make a habit?
Time to share. What difference are you planning for your life? How will it help you?Leave a comment, I’ll be giving away a copy of my debut book, Rocky Mountain Hero. AND I’ll be giving away a copy of Tina’s debut book The Rancher’s Reunion if you’re trying the One Word method and how you're applying it to your life.
May 2011 be the best!!