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Writing Wednesday

  Every Wednesday is Writing Wednesday for me. I used to write more often, but with limited time comes more a more budgeted writing effort. And while it would be nice to have the freedom to write throughout the day and night, I’ve found that if I don’t make time for writing it won’t get done.

During the day while I’m at work all I can think about are my characters, where I want the story to go or how to resolve any issues that have come up while I’ve been writing. But after work, it’s another story. I don’t know if I’m alone on this, but no matter how excited I am at the thought of getting home and writing at the end of the day, a lot of times it just doesn’t happen. There seem to be any number of reasons why I don’t make the time to write: I’m tired, I have to workout, I have to go to the grocery store, I have to run errands… That’s why I instated my Writing Wednesday policy. I’m always happy for it, but sometimes I just need to give myself that extra nudge to get the job done. 🙂

And while I believe in making resolutions throughout the year as they are more likely to be kept by me, I want to set aside time to write at least two days a week in 2012 (if not more). I think that’s a very attainable goal.

Here’s what I’m wondering though – everyone has obligations/distractions in their lives that take them away from writing. What do you need to do in order to stay diligent as a writer? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Writing Wednesday! 😀

New Year’s Resolutions: Part 3

For the final part of my New Year’s Resolution series, we look at moving forward. Nothing kills reaching a goal more than stagnancy does. Keeping your energy and your excitement fresh is integral to success.

What are some ways you can move forward and prevent your goals from becoming mundane? While there aren’t always easy solutions, here are some ideas:

1. Find like-minded people. There are a lot of great groups out there where one can find support, inspiration and accountability. I recommend Meetup.com or Yahoo Groups or a quick search online or in local newspapers for groups near you.

2. Research your goal. In this information age, there are a ton of resources for people to use to research many different topics. Libraries aren’t just about musty books anymore and have many online and electronic resources as well. Some other great research tools include, the internet, DVDs, community college courses, and seminars.

3. Talk to an expert. While this option may cost you money, it almost a complete certainty that there is someone out there who is more knowledgeable and better trained on whatever category your goals may fall under. Counselors, doctors, authors, personal trainers, yogis, and nutrionalists are some of the many people who make it their work to be an expert so they can give advice to those who need it.

4. Go out of your comfort zone. It’s hard to learn something new if all you’re doing are repeating the same tasks day after day. Find a way to push your boundaries in positive, healthy ways. Talk to a stranger, travel, pick up a book you wouldn’t normally read, dance in public, take a new class, plan a date with your partner, join a sports team, volunteer.

I hope these blogs have helped you move toward reaching your goals. Please feel free to email me at runnersami [at] hotmail [dot] com if you have any further questions or comments!

Happy New Year and Bonne Chance!

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions: Part 1

While I’m a goal setter, I don’t really like the concept of New Year’s Resolutions. It conjures ideas of waiting until tomorrow to start something when really tomorrow never comes thus nullifying these types of resolutions. If you have a goal, start planning on accomplishing it today. Even the smallest of steps to meet your goal is still a step in the direction you would like to be heading. However, since it is the new year I thought it was a perfect idea to talk about setting new goals. 🙂

I think that too often people are waiting for something to reach their goals. I’ll start following my dreams when I: have more money, when my kids are out of the house, after the holidays, after the new year. While chasing dreams and forsaking responsibility isn’t admirable, taking an hour or two to reach your goals is. Maybe it’s early in the morning before work or late at night after the kids are in bed or during your lunch break at work, but set aside a little time just for you and your goals. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help to keep you accountable and to give you time to work toward your goals!

Where there’s a will there’s a way.

One thing my dad said to me when I was younger was that if you really want to do something, you’ll find the time to do it. Just think about how often you find time to read or run or blog. More likely than not, these activities help you to recharge your mind and your body. I’m fortunate enough to have time during the day when no one else is around to work toward my goals. I can run, strength train, walk my dog, write, and read before or after work most days. This wasn’t always the case however. I used to work from 7am-4pm as a teacher. When I wasn’t at school, I was taking care of my dog, going to the gym, working on my Master’s, going to meetings, and serving on an Arts committee for the city I lived in.  Being so busy helped me to understand the importance of time and how to budget my hours to help energize me and meet my goals.

Think about what your goals are. What time can you create to focus on reaching your goals? What is the best environment for you to work on meeting those goals? Set aside the time, put it on your calendar and let others know your need to be uninterrupted during that time!

Stayed tuned for New Year’s Resolutions: Part 2!