Thursday, January 5, 2012

Goals in Focus

A writer friend of mine posted recently on Facebook that instead of resolutions, she’s come up with a “theme word” for 2012. I thought that was a pretty fantastic idea. Resolutions are meant to be broken, but a one-word theme equates to a goal that can stick with me throughout 2012. My theme was pretty easy to come up with:

FOCUS

I was so, so, so all over the place in 2011. Most weeks, I had something on my calendar every single day and every single night. I wasn’t home to hang out with my son, I wasn’t home to cook family dinners, I wasn’t home to write. Career-wise, things were much the same. I started the year as an interior designer by day, novelist by night. As the year progressed, I became a full-time freelance writer and I struggled to manage my paying projects, let alone find time to work on my (as of yet) non-paying fiction.

This year, I want to focus on what’s important. And for me, that’s two things: my family and my fiction. Of course I still have to work, and I have to do a great job for my paying clients, but if last year taught me anything, it’s that I have to prioritize. Prioritize my time, prioritize my goals, prioritize my life.

I have to FOCUS.

And when it comes to my fiction, I have a new goal to focus on: submitting queries. Yep. The time has come to get off my laurels and begin sending out this book I’ve been slaving and obsessing over for nearly two years. Is it ready? Yes. No. Maybe. It’s as ready as I can make it, and I guess that makes me ready for the next step. And now for another goal: I’m going to chronicle the journey here. The good, the bad and the really, really bad.

Yikes. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. Sorry I'm just reading this now, Stacey! I agree with you--"Focus" could be a good theme word for me, too! Actually, I think mine might be "Prioritize". Glad you made a conscious decision to spend time on what's most important to you! Our work (and our mental well-being!) depends on it!

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