Personally, I'm somewhat late on my 2018 plans because I was away on a trip at the start of the year and then received some devastating personal news. The sort of news that makes you reappraise where you're going with your life and what you want to do. I know that writing is still going to be a part of that, but I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't keep up with whatever schedule I set out. The new year is a great time to set goals and resolutions, but it's important to know that you can do that at any time. Here are some tips for just that:
- Prioritise what is important
Set an overall goal (or goals) for what you want to achieve and then make a list of smaller tasks that will get you there. Discard whatever isn't necessary.
- Go easy on yourself
While it's good to push yourself and try and do as much as you possibly can, recognise there will be times when that just doesn't happen. You're only human. Take a deep breath and regroup, which is kind of the message of this whole post.
- Understand when it's time to take a break
Sometimes trying to push ahead through a difficult time can be counterproductive. Everything seems to get on top of you and nothing makes sense. You might end up with more work to do by trying to unpick the resultant mess than if you had allowed yourself some time off, during which your subconscious will hopefully get to work to sort out the issues.
- Use a rewards system
If this is something you haven't done before, get on the road to following your new plan by implementing a reward system. Allow yourself a treat for the completion of each small task on your overall journey. This could be as simple as 10 minutes' social media time for each hour spent on editing or a bigger reward like going to the movies after completing your second (or third or tenth) draft.
Do you have anything to add? Any further tips for making a fresh start with your writing?