So Christmas is over (we just had our Christmas dinner yesterday, thanks to a bout of the flu for Christmas itself,) and here we are in the new year, first day of 2014. Some people find New Year’s depressing, some exciting and invigorating, and some just plain don’t care. Whichever you are, hopefully there will be something in this post that interests you.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you love the chance to “start fresh” with a new year, love writing down your goals and aspirations for the year? Or do you find New Year’s Resolutions to be something of a joke, approached by so many with so much vigor and then broken by the third week in January? Some people intentionally avoid setting goals in January just to avoid the whole New Year’s Resolution mindset/curse.
Sticking to it
Whether you make resolutions, set goals, or make a business plan in January (or any other time of the year), what are some ways to make them “stick”? Here are some strategies:
And a few that are specific to goals about writing:
And for those who are anti-New Year’s Resolution:
What is your goal?
Here are some ideas for reading or writing related goals.
Have you ever made a resolution with regard to reading? Read more classics? Read a certain amount in a year? Here are some ideas:
Here are some ideas for bloggers who want to take a step back from the day-to-day or week-to-week routine of blogging and look at the big picture
Starting writing/writing a book
Do you have a book in you? Have you always wanted to write, but didn’t know how or when to start? Have you been saying every year that this will be the year you will write your book? Did you start a book but lost the thread and didn’t finish? Or you’ve been working on the same one for ten years? Here are some thoughts.
(And don’t forget my blog post on finding time to write. I am going to add an addendum to it today.)
Already a Writer
If you are already a writer, what are some of the things that you could try to improve your craft or your career this year?
Images: Flickr CC
Dan Moyle 2014 calendar
Jonathan Lin my ultimate n3rd New Year Resolution
Celestine Chua Goals