I’m never successful at sticking with my New Year’s Resolutions. Apparently, I’m not terribly resolute, an embarrassing situation since I expect self-sacrificing fortitude from my characters. They shake their heads at me while I give them a sheepish smile, hoping for pity. I’m a writer; I don’t have time for exercise. What do they expect?
Yeah, the old “exercise resolution” gets me every time.
Part of the problem, I’ve decided, is that my resolutions are far too grandiose. I overestimate my self-discipline. Not that I struggle with willpower when the task is something I want to do – like write. My self-discipline falters when it comes to things I don’t want to do… basically everything domestic… and exercise.
But I want to be resolute. I want to accomplish my goals.
Maybe the secret is to make them easy to achieve!
So, here they are:
1. Exercise 10 minutes a day.
No wonder I find it challenging!
2. Housework 30 minutes a day.
I shouldn’t find this funny, but I do.
3. Manage my social media time more efficiently
(Reduce to 20 hours a week.)
I need the extra time to do my hair.
4. Turn off the computer on Sundays to make room for other things I love to do – read, take walks, paint…
This took me hours.
5. Write 1000 words a day … Oh, erm, that’s 365,ooo words a year! Probably too ambitious. Reduce to 500 words a day.
My lifetime writing goal.
6. Take back all 6 books published through a traditional press and self-publish them. This, I will definitely accomplish, and I’ll share this journey with you.
A lesson in choices learned the hard way.
7. Spread love and kindness every day … the easiest one of all 🙂
Have a happy, healthy, safe, peaceful New Year!
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