Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!
As 2013 winds to a close, I look back over the past 12 months to see that the year has been an odd mixture of productivity and sloth. My biggest regret is slacking off on my blogging and social media commitments. And while I did a lot of writing in its place, I ended up publishing only one novella during the year. I did complete four other major projects, but they have either been sent to editors awaiting judgement or have been sidelined for needing more work.
That being said, I have come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that I sincerely hope I will keep. I need to mend my ways both professionally and personally in order to get the life I truly desire.
1. Write more. I need to write more books, more blog posts, more critiques, more Facebook posts, more Twitterings, more thank you cards. I will never be able to write enough, so it’s a safe bet that I will always need to write more.
2. Manage my time better. This is the key, in my opinion, to making #1 happen. I’m getting an egg timer and putting it beside my computer and working out a schedule of what I’m writing and when. When I can be on social media and when I need to close that tab and work on other things. I actually think this will allow me to be on social media more than I am currently.
3. Be a bigger presence on social media. This includes updating profiles and learning how to use social media successfully. I need to work smarter, not harder in this arena.
4. Learn how to promote my work better. Again, I tend to always want to re-invent the wheel. Now I’m going to find out how to just roll with it and streamline those efforts.
5. Join a gym. Yes, sloth that I am, I am joining a gym. I found a Planet Fitness close to my work that’s very inexpensive and is open 24/7, which suits my pocketbook and my eclectic theatre schedule. I’ll keep you posted on how this works out (no pun intended) as I absolutely HATE exercise.
6. Lose 20 pounds. This is not all I need to lose according to my health professional, but I think it’s a reachable goal that I can hopefully multiply throughout the year.
7. Blog more. This is actually tied to #1, but I was so remiss about posting this past year I’m making it a separate resolution. My plan (see resolution #2) is to pre-schedule most of the blog posts each week so all the work gets done on one or two days. I’m also hoping to maintain several regular features: a book review post, a writing craft post, and re-instate the historical Alphabet Posts from this year.
So these are my Lucky Seven Resolutions for 2014. I’m hoping they do not fall by the wayside too soon because if I can maintain them, 2014 will be a totally awesome year!
What are your resolutions or hopes for the new year? Anyone want to share?
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