The New Year Begins

Starting off 2016 began at the end of 2015, realistically speaking. Getting myself in order and organized for this year before it began became a priority in the last quarter of the year. This post was written in rough form in 2015, before Christmas eve –for example.

Thanks to the influence of my immediate family, I have started to set about refining my habits regarding ‘work’. I just started calling my writing, storytelling and art ‘work’ in 2015. That was a tough change. In a way, it feels like wearing britches that are too big; if I am going to do this, I have to be professional about it.

I noticed that because of my valuation of ‘work’ and where I placed the time needed to spend on writing and illustrations had a direct effect on production and accomplishment of my goals. To be blunt, I didn’t accomplish the goals I had set for 2015, not by a long shot. That was my bad. I did not value what I was doing as important, so I let things get between my goals and the work time needed for the little things that added together would insure accomplishment of my goals.

Like art. Taking a day to just work on illustrations. (Really I need more than one day, but I am starting small.) I have to organize my space as well as my time. What I thought was going to work for me in the beginning hasn’t. Some of my best work early on was done at a desk in the utility room next to the blower unit of my a.c./furnace. The room didn’t matter it was the location of the desk just off the kitchen. After coffee, first thing in the morning, it was easy to settle into the chair and work till lunch.

My completion of goals, when they did get accomplished, were enhanced by being surrounded by the right people. ‘Right people’ are those that motivate you to get things done. Their influence makes you want to get up and do what you need to do. I call them teammates behind their back, because they are. Finding and culling mentors and teammates has been a haphazard lucky break.

Now on to my biggest downfall – the follow through. The repetitive habit of working. Mine has been there but was so unsure of myself it was scattered and ineffective. My best efforts has been a struggle; I won’t be surprised if it continues to be one. The first big hurdle is past me, acknowledgement.

Organization of time and space in the last month of the year is still being tweaked, but already I see potential. From all the writers I have researched, how we do what we do is so unique to who we are, it takes the introspection of our strengths and weaknesses to figure out what will be our own best method – don’t to copy what everyone else says they are doing, or think it should be done.

The best advice yet acquired? Don’t give up.

I haven’t quit.


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