At the start of of each new year, I’m full of excitement, hope and lessons learned during the previous year.
Here are somethings I learned in 2012 that I will use to my 2013 an awesome and productive year.
1. You can only be you (and why would you want to be someone else?). As much as I would love to blow through 5k words a day or have a ton of followers on Tweet, it’s not realistic for me. I can only do what I do. And if I do what I do to the best of my abilities and enjoy it, then I’m doing right.
2. Not every task has to be handled right now. I didn’t get this until the year was almost over. I’d receive an email or phone call while I was working on something and stop what I was doing to attend to the email or call. It took me longer to get things done and I made some not the best decisions because I acted too quickly.
3. Share your passion. Writing was my thing and I didn’t share it with my family out of fear it would no longer be mine. I realize now my unwillingness to share led to them not understanding how important writing is to me, which made them not respect my writing time. Now that I talk about my writing, my family holds me accountable.
4. Guard your time or it will get stolen. I let a few responsibilities I had last year eat into my writing time. I let them take priority over my writing. I often blamed the responsibilities for the days I got zero words in when I should have blamed myself.
5. Leap out of your comfort zone. I did this several times this year. I attended the RWA conference in Anaheim by myself. It was scary at times, but I ended up meeting lots of people and having fun.
6. Keep it simple. This was my motto for 2012. I started the year doing this then fell into my habit of making things more complicated. The plot of my rom com kept growing because I kept coming up with all these great ideas. What these plot additions were doing was keeping me from typing THE END. I started weeding the plot in December. The end is in sight. Finally.
What lessons did you learn last year?