Plans are pretty much a waste of time. At least that’s what I tell myself whenever this time of year rolls around. Plans and New Year’s resolutions? Bah hum bug! Wrong part of the season, I know, but you get my point.
A few days ago, my writing partner (Sheree) and I took out our 2020 diaries and sketched out our desires for the year – ideal publishing schedules, travel plans, self care goals, and when to take over the (literary) world. We do this every year and also compare these new objectives with what we’d accomplished the previous year.
When I fished out my list from last year, Sheree and I had a good laugh. If there had been whiskey at our planning session, I’d have had that too. From my admittedly ambitious list, only about a tenth of those things had been accomplished. For the most part, the year had been spent wishing I was more productive, writing to-do lists that I mostly ignored, and rebuking deadlines like the devil/repelling deadlines.
The problem is, I really wanted to get most of those things done. You know how these lists can sometimes go. Adding things we think need to get accomplished and in a particular time frame. I mean, it would have been great to have written and published three books last year along with jump start my forever resolution to get better at marketing as well as crack a particular earnings threshold. But it would also have been aces to win the Man Booker prize. I’d say I was equally prepared to accomplish all those things, which means not at all.
So, with all that in mind, I have made (wait for it) alternative and more manageable plans for this year.
I won’t torture you with the details of this list. Just know that it’s shorter than last year’s and doesn’t say a thing about climbing Macchu Picchu or giving up cheese. If all goes well and I don’t shoot myself in the foot by adding things to it at the last minute, I’ll be able to triumphantly hold up my well-checked list at the start of 2021, ready to tackle another new year.
Have you made any resolutions of your own for the new year, or is it the same business and goals as usual?