Here we are, at the beginning of another brand new year. Now that the holiday decorations have been put away (maybe), Auld Lang Syne has been sung, and toasts have been made, it’s time to decide what’s in store for the next 12 months.
Judging by the increased number of folks at the gym this evening, at least a few of my co-workers have made a resolution to be healthier this year. I’ve never been a big fan of making resolutions, but I do like the idea of having a word to help guide my decisions during the course of the year.
Last year, my watchword was Joy, and my goal was to make sure that the things I was doing and the projects I was working on were things that gave me joy, rather than just things I felt like I should be doing. In some cases I was successful, in others not so much, but despite being tripped up by real-life a time or two, I’d say the year was more of a success than not. Not the unqualified success I’d like to have had, but still good.
This year I’m going with a watchword that is a little more focused: Finish.
While I’m known for consistently finishing projects at work, often ahead of time, when it comes to personal life, things are a little different. I have a tendency to make it to the 95% mark before my attention wanders and is caught by something else. The hardwood floors in my house that have been 95% complete since I put them in several years ago are a case in point.
One among many.
To be fair, it appears to be an inherited disorder. My dining room table is currently covered with partially completed quilt projects from my mom.
On the writing front, I have three “completed” manuscripts that are awaiting editing and clean-up before they can officially move to the “finished” pile. They’ve been in that state for a while. Michael & Abigail, Maddie & Sam, Cassie & Nicolai – they’ve all been stuck in the background as other, more exciting projects have moved to the forefront.
That needs to change.
So, this year is going to be all about finishing what’s been started. I have a lovely calendar just waiting for me to plan out what will be done and when. My intent is to take one project a month, whether it is something writing related or not, and focus on moving it from 95% to 100%. Some projects may need more than a month, but each month I want to see something get a little closer to the 100% mark.
The flip side of this, and likely the more challenging thing for me, will be not to start another new project until the existing projects are completed.
Not very likely, right? Maybe not, but I’m going to give it the old college try . . . just as soon as I finish crocheting a blanket from this lovely stash of yarn I just found.
So, what’s in store for you in 2018?