Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): No writing last week. I took the week to get the last of my new processes in place so that this year will be more productive.

Quote of the Week: "Don't wait until you have reached your goal to be proud of yourself - be proud of each step you take toward reaching your goal." ~ Alyce Keegan 

What I'm Reading: I started reading First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett last night. This is the first book in the Debutante Diaries series.

Random Thoughts: Last week I stated what my word of the year and phrase of the year for 2019 are. I've found myself telling myself at different times in different situations that this is my year of doing. I'm not sure where the phrase came from, but I'm going to keep using it.

Random Photo of the Week:

         
                  Not a photo, but it seems appropriate given the beginning of the new year.
 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Keeping Track

I don't do many writing How To posts because there are other bloggers/websites who specialize in those types of posts. That being said, I wanted to share one of the processes I'm putting in place to help keep me on track with my writing this year.

I'm going to use a project tracker. I'm very visually oriented so being able to see at a glance how my writing is going on a daily and/or monthly basis should help keep me motivated to keep at the same pace or try to beat the previous day's/week's/month's pace.

I came across the word tracker and project tracker spreadsheets by Svenja Gosen. They are amazing. If you're interested in using a tracker, you should check these out. They are free or you can donate an amount of your choice. Here's the link to the website - Svenja 2019 Word Trackers

Friday, January 11, 2019

This I know for sure...

One of the things I want to be better at this year is staying organized or "on top of things." I have a crate type box that sits on a credenza. I drop papers and other miscellaneous things into the crate with the intention of putting the items in their proper place when I find time.

The problem is I usually don't find time until two or three months later. By that time, the crate is usually filled to the top or overflowing. I spent Wednesday evening going through everything in it. Some of the things I didn't even know why I put them in the box to start with. I'm sure I thought I would need/use the item/paper when I set it inside, but weeks later, apparently the items aren't so important or useful to me.

I'm going to put cleaning out the crate on my weekly Saturday chore list. For some reason, I do very well at getting things done that are on that list. I'm also going to work on putting fewer things in the box to start with.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work in Progress): No writing last week. I took last week and will be taking this week to get processes in place so that this year will be more productive.

Quote of the Week: "Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed." ~ Cavett Robert

What I'm Reading: I started Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis Sunday evening. The book is part of the Heartbreaker Bay series. I really enjoy her books.

Random Thoughts:  I chose "Focus" as my word for the year. I'm also using the phrase, "Be More Consistent." I want to focus on the important things and let go of the things that don't matter. I also want to be more consistent in healthy eating, exercising, writing, and staying organized.

Random Photo of the Week:  

              
            This is one of my favorite holiday cards that I made for Christmas in 2018.
 

Monday, January 7, 2019

A New Beginning

It's hard to believe it's the beginning of a new year already. I spent the past weekend taking a hard look at what I wanted to accomplish in 2018, but didn't and then looking at what I want to accomplish by the end of 2019.

I'm trying out a new method of tracking my goals and staying on track. It's obvious from looking back over the last couple of years that the method I was using doesn't work...at least not for me.

In addition to writing and health related goals, I'm thinking of doing the 100 day challenge. I'm still deciding if I want the challenge to be writing or exercise related. I might do both, but I'm not sure if it will be easier to do them at the same time or to do one and then the other after the first one is finished. I won't be doing it in January though. I'm thinking it might be better to do it in March when I usually start to get off track.

Friday, January 4, 2019

This I know for sure...

I never manage to get everything I want to get done in December done by the time New Year's Day rolls round. This week I'm sitting down and writing out my writing and health goals for 2019.

I'm also picking a word for the year that I'm hoping will help keep me on track. I've narrowed it down to "Determined" or "Focus." I'll be making the final decision this weekend when I put my 2019 goals on paper.