New Year, New Approach

As a lot of people do in December, I sat down and took stock of my life – where I am now and where I want to be by the end of 2017. I realized there were things on my to-do list and on my scheduler, that really didn’t add value to what I was trying to accomplish. These items were wearing me down and played a part toward my not getting everything done I wanted to achieve in 2016. I eliminated those from this year.

That’s not to say I didn’t have a remarkable year. I did. I published two novella length works which received amazing reviews. I am more than thankful to everyone who purchased, read, and reviewed my books. I am also thankful for the wonderful people who entered my life, and the opportunities I was given last year. I would be remiss if I did’t mention how fortunate I am to have wonderful friends and family who also played a part in my achieving these milestones.

This year I took a different approach to goal setting. It all comes down to this phrase, which is now at the top of every page of my scheduler – “How Badly Do I Want This?”

I had to come clean with myself and really decide what I wanted. No excuses. Part of the last two weeks focused on what I needed to do to make my version of this phrase a reality.

I discovered it’s not as big a challenge if you cut your tasks up into little achievable chunks. Did you know if you write 500 words a day, 5 days a week, for 52 weeks you will have written 130,000 words? When my mind is really in focus, I can write more than 500 words in an hour.

This simple mathematical equation took a load off my shoulders and brought my muse back to me. You see, with all the stress of thinking I had to do it all at once my muse left. I think she was on a beach somewhere sipping margaritas. Hey wait, maybe I should have joined her!

I took this approach with all the goals I set this year, both writing related and personal. They are broken into chunks that can be achieved in little bits at a time. The goals feel more achievable and as of today I am still on target to meet this weeks! 😉

At the end of my Christmas novella, I promised to have a Valentine story out for February 14th. I apologize to my readers; I will not be able to deliver on that promise. I am working on the next story and will be releasing it when it is ready and I’ve planned a couple of others for this year.

Happy New Year, and may 2017 be a year filled with peace, happiness, and my you accomplish all of your goals.

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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