Friday, January 26, 2018

One Month In... How We Doin'?

We sit 6 days away from February. This is about the time resolutions fade away into a not-so-distant memory that plagues us the rest of the year and resurfaces around New Year's Eve to spur another January of effort and February of "forget about it".

They key with evolution, as I mentioned last week, is to take small, incremental steps toward an end goal. It reminds me of that old saying "failing to plan is planning to fail". I can't count how many times I heard that and rolled my eyes. I hated that stupid thing with a passion! Now, I see the wisdom in it. I still roll my eyes of course, but at least I take the implied advice.

This year I am doing something completely different. You ready? I got myself a planner. I know! Me? A pantser, planning? What?! But I did. And it's kind of awesome. Most planners I'll admit are really boring. They have the year, months, weeks, and days all broken out into slices of time that you somehow have to fit all your creativity and craziness into so it looks orderly and manageable. The people who make those planners have no idea what the life of a creative type is like. My schedule is anything and everything but consistent. Oh, you want me to eat breakfast everyday at the exact same time? Ha! You're hilarious. Oh, I'm supposed to magically turn off my imagination and fall asleep at the same time each night? I couldn't even type that without laughing.

The best solution I have found is one of the odd ball planners. I don't do product endorsements and am keenly aware that what works for one person will not work for everyone, so I'm not telling you which one I chose. I will say, however, that it breaks everyday down into goals and to-do lists. Yes, there is a timeline you can fill in, but that is a mere quarter of the daily page. The main focus is on your goals and how you are going to achieve them. At the front of the planner you list out your goals and make a plan to take the first steps toward accomplishing them. Then you carry that into every week and every day. This approach lets my creativity flourish under a little bit of control so I can get things done AND stay the wild, crazy, writer that I am.

It is true that if you have a goal, you need a plan. What's your goal? What is the first step in your plan? Have you taken it yet?

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