The end of a calendar year often marks a moment of reflection, contemplation and wondering why the toilet paper runs out at the most inopportune time.
And so it is with me.
Side note: I know someone who uses the Chinese New Year as their starting point for a creative year. I’m seriously considering using the New Financial Year (June 30/July 1) as my starting point. That way, if I stuff up the first half of the year I can reboot in the second half. Win.
In terms of reflection here’s the tl;dr version – I achieved nothing of substance and note. No progress on synopsis, novella, verse novel, short stories. Many half started efforts, scribbled poems, half-baked ideas. Nothing finished.
I could list a rather long inventory of excuses, reasons, happenstance or circumstance for it all.
Four Takeaways from This Year
- It’s virtually impossible to rebuild when you’re burnt out. Even doing small, seemingly achievable pieces can be a chore and have no significance.
- Indecision and lack of focus are detrimental to making progress
- Without setting realistic goals and targets you will get nowhere.
- I didn’t read enough.
Four Steps to Making Progress Next Year
- Read more frequently – feed the soul and fill the well. This includes more drumming practice (too often neglected as a way of refilling the well).
- Set realistic goals and targets. I received a Pilot Press diary this year to keep track of my goals and targets. I have already set up my goals for January.
- Take care of my mental health to avoid burn out. Learn when to say “No,” when to say “Yes,” and work out what is important. Prioritise.
- Get Stuff Done. This is my mantra for 2016.
May your 2016 be a productive year.