I always have to have some sort of plan to get through each day, each month, each year. Something to guide me along the way. I usually have stickie notes all over the place to keep up with my various tasks, or I just make a list.
Right now I’m sort of at the end of one of those phases where I haven’t been accomplishing much (other than fiddling with and tweaking this shiny new site! Oh, the hours I’ve wasted!). And I need to set out some goals to get me through August so I don’t waste any more time. I’ve got old books to fix up and new ones to write, and not a whole lot of time in the day to do that. I’ve got to get myself back in sync. Back on a schedule
So, by the end of August, I want to:
- Finish up all the revisions to my YA fantasy novel, The Secret History of Magic. I’ve got it all mapped out, and I feel good about my plan. I just looked over my notes, and I’m starting to really get excited — I know exactly what needs to be fixed, and I’m ready to dive back into it. I know which chapter I’ll be working on in the next 21 days — so long as I don’t miss any days…!
- Write at night on a regular basis. I have the hours of 9-11 p.m. blocked out for writing, and nothing else. If I wanna read, I’ll have to do that before or (gasp!) after those hours. As I’m usually an early-morning writer, this could be a tough change, but I did it pretty effectively in the last few months as I was revamping my YA novel.
- Exercise for at least an hour a day. I just haven’t been doing this, and my energy levels have been shot, and I just feel like crud. I plan on starting with walking in the mornings — 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. is blocked out for that! — and then getting back into jogging, and throwing around the dumbbells I have in my office, gathering dust. I gotta do this. I’ve got some extra lbs. I need to drop and never find again…
- Enjoy every day. Okay, this is sounding like New Year’s resolutions, but I do need an attitude adjustment. I’ve gotten a bit out of kilter with all the various elements in my life. I’ve been grumpy. I need to stop. Life’s too damn short.
That’s the plan. Maybe not in the proper order, but that’s the order it came to me. Now, time to read, before I dive into the marathon revision process, starting tomorrow night!