Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2018!
I can definitely say 2017 was nothing what I expected. My writing was few and far between, as was much of anything else I wanted to accomplish. ‘Tis the curse of procrastination and lack of get up and go. Being in the middle of moving and not having all my research did not help any either. I swear I’d lose my head if it wasn’t attached. That’s all about to change this year, however. This year I have a plan, goals, and armed with a large agenda.
I came to a conclusion near the end of last year that I was missing something. When I was in high-school all my written homework and projects were done before they were due. It was the same when I went to college. I was so organized I had a final project done nearly a month in advance, if I remember correctly. It made me think, how on earth was I on time for everything when I can barely keep up with it now. Then it hit me. During high-school they gave us agendas to keep track of the year and I continued this trend when I moved onto a higher level. Once I was done school I barely used an agenda since, even if I bought one.
So I made a decision to buy one. Not just some cheap one either that I would forget somewhere. I have done that yes, especially to dollar store notebooks. No. I looked for a while to find one that suited my needs. One that I enjoyed looking at and had space for me to organize the day.
I first looked at hourly planners. I went online and searched what other people used. It looked like it may just work for me. I went on to buying one to try out at the dollar store but when I brought it home just the thought of booking up all my time stressed me more than I thought it would. That planner was quickly forgotten. Next I decided I’d look for something that I was used to. A planner that had a monthly view followed by the month’s weeks. I looked at the local shops but it was slim pickings. Unfortunately it always is when shopping for nearly anything I want here. So on the next trip I took out of town I went shopping in the nearby city and boy was I ever happy with what I found. It’s larger than any agenda/planner I had before. It even comes with stickers! The only issue I have with it is it’s not pink. If there was pink I’d be over the moon but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I suggest checking out the ban.do website, the company that made my agenda, they have more interesting things and stationary.
Since getting the agenda I’ve noticed I’ve been more organized and remembering tasks I wanted to accomplish. I honestly don’t know why I ever stopped using one. Next up will be to organize my room once the flooring and painting is finished. I can’t wait!
Moving on from that odd tale of agenda hunting.
I have decided against committing to a resolution this year. It seems whenever I do try to make one it barely makes it past a week. Rather pathetic I know. Instead I’ve made a plan and goals which I will follow. Besides this goal is a rather big and exciting for you, my readers. If everything goes according to plan, I will have my second draft to the next installment finished by the end of June with a publishing goal of early January 2019. I’d have an earlier date but I like to plan some breathing room in case life happens and some goals are not made on time. To get to the planned June end date I need to produce just over 8 chapters a month as the first draft was a total of 50 chapters. I will also be posting a daily word count on Facebook and perhaps Twitter. Check them out if you’d like to keep up with me.
I also have a plan to read 5 novels by the end of this year. It may not sound like much but it would be more than I normally read in a year. My highest count, that I can remember, was 3 novels. This doesn’t include manga because I can get through a large volume in a few hours. If only I could read that fast with other books. I’d read so many more books. I’d also have a reason for buying the amount of books that I do purchase.
During the last blog entry I promised an update schedule and I plan on delivering it. You will notice I’ve typed ‘Internet access pending’ for the months March, April, and May. This is due to not having Internet access at the new house until a tower is built in the spring. If I am able to make it to the library that day I will post it. If not, I will get it up as soon as I am able to. So here’s the plan:
January 6th – Today
March 10th – Internet access pending
April 7th – Internet access pending
May 5th – Internet access pending
I end this by asking, what are your plans for the new year?