But I have big dreams! I have big goals! As much as I want to accomplish a lot, it’s so much easier to binge-watch Amazon and eat my weight in cool ranch Doritos.
This is the reality I have to believe: If I want to be published, I’m going to have to make some changes in the way I use my time and energy. Sigh. This could be tricky!
1. I may have to say no to the expectations of others. This is tricky because in the past I may have said yes too much. I may not have been firm with your boundaries. If I really am a 10 Minute Novelist, then it is very reasonable for me to request that the people around me allow me that little bit of creative time. This is an excellent article from PsychCentral about how to reclaim your boundaries and take care of your own needs.
2. I may have to write down a plan and stick with it. This is tricky because in the past, I have given up on things too early. I remember the sting of failure. I remember the times that having goals did nothing but cause me pain. But writing down goals and keeping them visible often create hope in us to keep going. Here’s another list of 10 — 10 Simple Strategies for Sticking to Your Goals. This is good advice.
3. I may have to go to bed earlier or get up earlier to find time to write. This is tricky because sleep has a way of claiming me. Setting an alarm means I have to take action. Being disciplined often isn’t as much fun as late-night television. But my writing goal will cost me. If I can find an extra ten minutes each day to write, and you write 500 words in that 10 minutes, that’s 3500 new words this week. That’s 14,000 new words this month. That’s 168,000 words this year. All I have to do to get those kinds of numbers is set my alarm. Here’s another encouragement to do this from Write To Done.
4. I may have to make writing a priority even though I’ve never treated it as one. This is tricky because this means I may have to face my fears. I fear failure. I fear disappointment. I fear rejection. The difference between a writing aspiring writer who is afraid and a non-writing aspiring writer who is afraid is that the first one is sitting on their butt, putting words down. Despite your fears, write for 10 minutes today. I bet you’ll want to keep going.
5. I may have to change my expectations for time spent in other areas, like housekeeping or meals. This is tricky because I have to live. There are seven people in my household and they’re under the impression that they should wear clothing and eat occasionally. I believe that all of my required, general life tasks can be made more efficient so that I can find little pockets of time here or there. My favorite ways include doing my errands all on one day or making meals in my crockpot and rice cooker. I also delegate most of my household chores to my children. If you are like me, think through exactly how your time is spent and come up with a plan. It’s likely you’ll find pockets of time that will make all the difference.
If I want to be something I’ve never been, I’ll have to do some things, even tricky things, I’ve never done.
Like me, you may have some tricky things to do now too.
Do them anyway. If you fail, keep going.
Your dreams are worth it.