Today’s prompt is courtesy of Coffee with Hallelujah.
What is one thing that you really wish to do that you just haven’t had the chance to accomplish yet? What steps could you take (however small) to ensure that you accomplish this thing in 2013?
In 2012 I really, really wanted to spend a lot of time working on my photography and writing. I had the best of intentions. I signed up for some photo challenges. I enrolled in the Superhero Photo course. I started things but did not give myself enough time to finish them. I found it extremely frustrating because those things were exactly what I needed to be doing. As work got more and more intense, I needed to spend time writing and taking pictures even more.
Needing to make sure that I can have the time to write (and read) and take pictures, I’m trying to get myself organized enough to give myself the time to do just that. I started a goal setting challenge on December 1st, and while the challenge itself is specifically geared towards business and career, I’m using it to get things set up for success in 2013.
There are several things I’m putting into place to help me do that.
- Writing morning pages each day.
- Publishing 3 “quick” blog posts each week
- Publishing 1 researched and revised blog post each week
- Reading one book for pleasure each month
- Taking at least one photo each day
- Going on a photo walk once a month
I’ve done OK on the morning pages and the blog posting. I’ve also been good on getting the photo taken…although I have mostly been using my phone. I carry my camera with me every where I go, but my phone is much easier to use. I am not particularly happy about that. I will admit to being a bit of snob about such things, but I keep telling myself that the point of the exercise is to take a photo. A photo on my phone is infinitely better than the shot that didn’t get taken.
I’d really like to organize a writing marathon with some of my writing project friends. Maybe make it a quarterly affair. I miss being around those people, engaging in that work. I suppose that I need to ask them about it and see what they’re interested in making happen. I know that schedules are busy and people have things they’re doing. I suppose, though, that if none of them are interested, I could always do it on my own. There are plenty of places here that I could go spend some time writing in and no one would notice or care (tis a benefit to living near places that are havens for artists).
I figure that if I can get these things done during the hecticness of the holidays, then I can do them once things calm down and the new year begins. I’m writing goals out every night and then getting them checked off my list as the day goes on. There are things that don’t get done, sure, but the more I check my to-do list (thank you Chalene Johnson), the more I get done.