Planning for Next Year

I hope you all had an amazing Holiday. I have to say I had a great few days. Family and fiends got together for lobster on the 24th, my daughter and her family came for Christmas Day supper – full turkey dinner will all the trimmings including home made apple pie. The 26th we celebrated a family day with my Son-in-laws family, and then Monday my granddaughter, who is 4 years old, played in her first hockey tournament. It was fun to watch the little ones take over the ice and play the game. No official score was kept but the little ones certainly knew what the game is all about.

Tuesday was back to work. I work mornings for an employer and spend my afternoons and evenings writing and other creative endeavours. Although I did a lot of work on my 2016 business plan a couple of weeks ago, this week I will spend more time going over my plan and ensuring what is in there is in the right place. I also need to get things ready to meet with my editor early in the New Year.

Last year I didn’t make as much progress as I’d hoped. I did learn a lot about myself and the way I work so that will be incorporated in this years plan.

The biggest thing I learned was I need to have a calendar and schedule in concrete deadlines. Concrete being the most important word in that sentence. If I work on a whenever deadline, whenever never comes. This leads to guilt, the guilt leads to panic and panic causes writers block. Along with all that stress my thoughts then start to go to I don’t know why I even bother. My production slows to beyond stopped and I can’t even think about writing without getting hives. I am a procrastinator, there are no two ways about it. I need firm deadlines and then I can work miracles. 🙂

Scheduling my whole year in early January will give me peace of mind and a plan to work. I know to some this would only stress them out more, knowing all that work is ahead of them, but I’ve worked this way for more years than I want to admit and it is comforting to me to have a plan to work.

There is lots of ink on the calendar pages for my first quarter of 2016. Frankly, it looks a little scary until I read all the entries and realize some of the items are carry overs from last year, and a lot of the heavy work on these projects is done.

My 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters seem to have less ink on the calendar page but the work on these projects will be more intense. There is a bit of wiggle room for adding new things or moving things around, but I am determined to complete all the original items by the end of December 2016. No excuses.

Wish me luck!

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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1 Response to Planning for Next Year

  1. Diane Tibert says:

    Planning and setting personal deadlines works for me too. It keeps me focussed on what I want to do. Good luck in the new year.


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