I’m getting a late start this round. Stomach flu took me down for several days. I’m finally more or less well. Probably kinda anemic, and it’ll be a long while until I look at anything with tomatoes again, but it’s time to get into a routine for the new year. It’ll be next week before I attempt any kind of exercise, but it’s time to go ahead and set up some kind of goals for this round of ROW80.
I could talk about production schedules and forecast what all I want to put out this year and so on, but, eh, I don’t feel like making that kind of goal. So we’re gonna keep it simple. I kind of want to make everything about simplicity this year.
- Aim to write 20 out of 30 days per month. An oldie but goodie for me, but works well.
- Finish reading How To Train A Wild Elephant and implement some of the practices into daily life. That’s one of the appealing things about this book, I think, because trying to just jump into mindfulness hasn’t worked particularly well for me. This seems more like practical application. I do better with practical application.
- Learn to quit. I know, that’s a weird one. Kristen Lamb recently did a post about this. Well worth reading. Go check it out. In my case, I need to learn to quit and REST sometimes. I tend to…um…NEVER do this unless struck down by illness and forced. I never sit down. I’m always DOING STUFF because there’s always stuff to be done. It’s one of the reasons I so enjoy my Saturday mornings at the coffee shop because there I don’t have all those reminders lingering and hanging over me. It’s hard for me to carve out long chunks of anything substantial outside of my various commitments (among which is writing, obviously). But I’d like to do better about taking time outs when I can. Even if it’s just five minutes here and there. Little rituals like taking time for a little spa facial before bed and such. Those little chunks of five minutes don’t take that much time and they add up to MEAN SOMETHING.
That oughtta get me through this round.