I’m really good at making goals.
But I’m not that great at keeping them.
I can't seem to figure that out. I’m not a lazy person; my life is full and busy. Maybe that’s part of the problem – I’m too busy.
I’m also a bit of a perfectionist, and that comes with its own procrastination issues… Add to that the fact that I don’t like people telling me what to do.
Not even myself.
I find I can get a LOT of work done when I don’t have any set goals.
But I sometimes get NO work done when I don’t have any set goals.
I could come up with any number of excuses why my summer writing goals don’t seem to pan out.
Last summer the list I set to accomplish was so long that I decided to follow the example of a friend in my writers group, and see if I could get 3 – any 3 – items on that list completed.
I did, but I recall it being a scramble towards the end of the summer.
At the beginning of this summer I made only one goal: to write a little bit on my novel every day.
No time limit, no word count goal. Just write on it every day.
I’m failing miserably.
What?! You mean I can’t set aside 17 minutes a day to write something – anything - on my novel? What is up with that?
And then the guilt sets in.
Frankly, goals stress me out.
Deadlines are a good thing. And one of the things I LOVE about my writing group is the accountability aspect of it. But the goals themselves … they scare me.
I've come up with some new summer writing goals that are not quite so scary and maybe they will help in finding that balance between goals and guilt that I seem to need.
Here they are:
1 - Remember that what I can do is what I can do, and what I can do is enough.
2 - Remember that I will feel God’s pleasure even when I don’t write. (Thank you Marnie)
3 - Take time to enjoy the summer!
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Joylene is enjoying summer from her home in Edmonton where she lives with the Cowboy, Babe, and a cat named Calvin. You can find her joy-infused perspective on her blog at joyousmi.blogspot.ca and maybe someday in that novel she is trying to work on every day.