A wise friend said to me earlier in the year that, even though the workload that I took on was quite large (i.e. crazy), I would be able look back at the end of the year and see just how much I accomplished. Well, it’s the end of the year. Looking at the list of everything I’ve done, I feel a little amazed that I’m still mostly vertical. Here’s the list:
- Started a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing (7 subjects in the year, out of a possible 10)
- Finished another course of study (that I started in 2001!)
- (Re)-started my blog
- Set up my website
- Re-started work on a collaborative novel project, now well underway
- Photographed a number of functions for friends
- Created media for a number of special events, including video and print promotional materials
- Read the usual amount of books—one every week or two
- Adjusted to moving out of home
- Quit drinking coffee
- Slept and relaxed in the few hours left over
I’m sure there are a few more things I could add in to the mix, but I won’t. Mostly because I already sound like enough of a brag. Looking at that list, though, I am realise that the limits I sometimes place on myself aren’t so much about what I’m capable of as they are about what I think I’m capable of.
Next year my workload will be slightly less than this year, as will my study load. So what am I going to do with all those extra hours? I know how easy it is to waste time (I still manage to do plenty of that), but I don’t want to waste time next year. Here is a short list of some of the things I want to accomplish next year:
- Finish the first draft and the revision of my current collaborative novel project
- Start working again on my solo novel project—to expand my worldbuilding and plan the novel
- Create the website that I’ve envisioned for a number of years now (the Fantasy Writer’s Library)
There are other smaller things on my list, but those feel big enough now that I won’t add anything else yet. The main thing is that I believe all three are those can be accomplished next year, which is a lot more than I thought myself capable of at this time last year. When I check back in at the same time next year, I hope to be able to say I have accomplished at least one of the above points, if not all of them.
New Years resolutions can grow old fast. I know that not many people stick to them. But I feel optimistic that my goals for this year will stick because I already have the processes in place for them to succeed. I just need to put in the hard work of getting them done. Writing them here will help to remind me what I’ve committed to, but it’s the time and energy during the year that will make the difference. If this year is any indicator, I have all the time and energy I need.
So bring on the new year. I’m ready for it.