At the start of the year, I told myself I wasn’t going to stress stuff that isn’t worth stressing, because I have a tendency to do that – lots. But as I was thinking about what I was going to write when I had a few minutes, I realized the progress I’ve made in my writing life.
My husband got put into a bishopric with our church about three weeks ago, which translates to him being gone more. And then, on Saturday, he got a new job, which is a huge blessing, but which is going to take us a little while to transition into the new schedule.
My moment of realization was to see that my writing time really hasn’t taken a hit. I’ve made it a priority, something that was very hard last year. This is the goal, the plan, and because I’ve made is such, it’s working. Perfectly, no, but progressing. Gym time and blogging have taken a bit of a hit, but when I was ranking what I wanted to accomplish, they weren’t the top goal – they can’t be and have writing be.
This is often the time of year when New Year’s resolutions are becoming a memory, when we will dismiss something that was important for other things that aren’t. For financial reasons, I changed from a DirecTV subscription to a Roku box several months ago, and found I haven’t missed the TV time like I thought I would, because it has been filled with the things I love more than TV. I don’t go to as many local sporting events (I live in a small college town) because they have dropped down the list of priorities. And I quit paying attention to other people’s writing accomplishments because I’m not as fast as they are. Period. But progress is progress, and we each need to find our method to productivity, and ultimately happiness.
What have you done to keep your goals your goals? What have you cut that you thought you would miss, but haven’t? What are you doing to still make sure you are happy?