I make resolutions pretty much EVERY DAY. Here’s a sample list:
I resolve not to eat too much today
I’ll get plenty of exercise
I won’t drink more than one glass of wine
I’ll go through my emails and erase all the ones that aren’t important—and catch up on things I “meant” to do.
I’ll work on promotion for my next book
I’ll only watch decent TV shows (p.s. I won’t watch Project Runway next season…I promise)
I’ll do at least two things on my to do list
Blah blah blah
Yep, pretty much every day. And that doesn’t count the things I resolve to do tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. But here’s the thing: I know that I won’t do most of things I resolve to do.. I know that there’s only so much time in the day and that everything takes longer than I’m a realist I think it will. But making resolutions is a way of kicking myself into gear.
I always resolve to do more than I think is humanly possible. You think that’s unusual. Here’s a question: How many books do you have on your shelves that you think you’ll read “someday.” A lot more than will ever be possible, right? And that’s so you’ll have some choices to make when you reach for a book. That’s the reason I stack up more things to do than I can get to. I want choices. That means that some things don’t get done. And that’s where prioritization comes in. If I’ve committed to someone, that’s a priority. I don’t make commitments to others that I don’t plan to keep.
But there are a lot of things that as an author I “should” be doing. I may promise myself that I’ll write a bunch of blogs in advance so I don’t have to worry about them for a while. I promise myself to learn how to use Goodreads to my advantage. I resolve to use Scrivener on my next project. And so on.
And then there is the matter of resolutions in daily life outside of writing. I may tell myself that I’m going to go through all my years of photographs and get rid of the stupid ones. (I’ve been promising myself that for a year). I may give myself the task of weeding out cookbooks I never use. Or setting up a system for categorizing my emails or ….you get the picture.
I’d love to be one of those kinds of people who are clear exactly what I’m going to do every day, but I’m not. I love variety. So my resolutions are a daily affair—Spring, summer, winter and fall!