I’ve already put off the whole starting the New Year stuff until the 4th. That’s what happens when the 1st lands on a Friday. It felt better to get going once everyone was fully back to work. So here we are, on the 4th, and I’m already behind.
There’s not much to say on several of my aims for the year. If you read last week’s post, you’ll know I’m treading familiar territory after all.
- Reach and maintain target weight
- Exercise twice a week
- Publish a new book (anyone who read last week’s post will know this has been tweaked from last year – so I don’t cheat…)
- Write 500 words a day – yup, already behind on this one!
I will probably be quite grumpy as you read this as I will be on the first day of attempting to lose weight, again. However, it’s something that needs doing if I’m ever to get rid of the leggings and slide, comfortably, back into my jeans. That’s one of the issues, I am all about the comfort these days and my leggings are just so forgiving. However, they have been telling me everything’s going to be ok for some time now, and that needs to change.
I’m quite looking forward to getting back to some exercise. I don’t think I do it strenuously enough to make a great deal of difference with regards to weight loss. However, it does keep me strong…ish and more flexible and I fully believe in the phrase if you don’t use it you are going to lose it so needs must and I’ve seized up enough over the festive period. Time to get moving.
I did a bit of author planning the other day. I received a wall year planner through a client and thought I’d put it to good use by planning out how I’m going to get those first drafts done of the possible new series. Needless to say I’ve been overly ambitious with my targets and I daresay things will have to slip when I add in doing any actually work into my life but at least I’ve set out something.
At the moment I’ve only plotted out the first draft writing periods, then allowed at least a month before doing an initial edit of each MS. The ongoing editing cycles will have to be factored in at a later date and all the after bits – drafts to editors, the inevitable rewriting, more editing, proofreading, cover design etc. However, I shall take the first steps and leave the bigger picture to look after itself, it’s too overwhelming if I look at the whole.
With regard to publishing a book this year though I do have one that’s probably about 75% drafted so I thought I’d tackle finishing that off first. Problem is that it’s a bit of a departure from what I’ve already written and doesn’t quite fit into the darker stuff that’s coming up so I’m not sure it’s actually a good idea to put this one out at all. I’m still deliberating and maybe my mind will be made up once I do a bit more work on it. Or maybe I could come up with a decent twist to make it fit better. We shall see.
Anyway, if I manage to do as much as it on my wall planner then the target of writing 500 words a day should take care of itself. Hopefully by the end of 2021 I will be able to report a considerably better success rate than the one that happened in 2020!
Over to you. Have you made any aims or goals for this year? Anything you’ve seriously planned out in order to get it done? I’d love to hear about it if so. Thanks for reading.