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New Year’s resolutions make me re-assess my life and what I’m doing with it. It’s easy to write a list of things to do when it’s the end of a year, but sticking to it is another matter entirely, even when there are things you know should do for a better quality of life. Some people’s resolutions are just plain silly or unobtainable, like wanting to win several millions on the lottery. Get real.This is not something you can control. For example, eat less is a far better target, or see more of your family and friends, or write 1,000 words per day or for one hour a day or for 10 minutes a day even. “Lose weight” undermines your control, better to do toning exercises and see how it goes. Do you get the idea? I am getting much better at setting goals of my own. If I make them more obtainable, if I keep them to what I control, naturally there are more ticks, more ticks mean more motivation, and more motivation means, for me, much more productivity.
This one was hard, having to fit my own words in between the set letters and then thinking of suitable words. I almost cheated – but that would defeat the object. In today’s 10 minutes I managed 220 words.
© Diane Parkin 2010
Q. Think New DAY resolutions instead. What new writing-related thing do you resolve to do in the next 24 hours?
A. Finish at least one draft of one piece of work.