The Key to Keeping Your Resolutions

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As we begin the New Year, resolutions, new solutions, and evolutions abound. I find myself drawn to all those articles beginning with “10 Ways to (fill in the blank) in 2017″. Instead of looking for new sources of inspiration – this year I decided to revisit some old ones. Like a steady and consistent drumbeat – the message speaking to me all last year and into the new one is this – commit, commit, commit, commit. Commit to your writing goals. Commit to you reading goals. Commit to making healthy food for your family. Commit to savor each and every day and refuse to squander precious time with loved ones. All are worthwhile and achievable goals. How do I attain them?

I am a flitter. Without a clear plan I can spend an entire morning doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that only to find that it’s noon and I’ve not written a single word, planned a single meal or finished straightening up a single room. I will have started several projects, located previously misplaced items (only to misplace them again tomorrow), but will have gotten through all my email, Twitter and Facebook goals. So how does a writer who values creativity, spontaneity and flexibility knuckle down and get organized? The answer is in the question. I write. I write down my goals for the week in very specific terms. I have several notebooks that I use to keep myself organized: A leather journal where I write down how many pages I will write each week, what craft books I will read and any other writing-related goals. A binder holds my recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and our weekly menu. Now my family and I know exactly what’s for dinner every night instead of the five o’clock scramble through the freezer. This planning also helps me eliminate walking around the grocery store mindlessly throwing whatever looks good in the cart. Another notebook keeps track of phone calls, errands and any other “to dos”.

It’s only the first week of January so I say this with hope that it continues – with the help of my trusty companions I’ve managed to have dinner cooking in the crockpot by 10:00 a.m, my quiet time completed, the dog fed, and be dressed and out the door ready for a day of writing—well before noon.Needless to say, there will be many times our routines are interrupted by things out of our control. Committing my goals to paper helps to take my own mercurial whims out of the equation. I wish you all the best of luck in managing your goals this year.

 

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