Monday, April 29, 2013
At the start of the year my clever friend Kelly from the fabulous A Life Less Frantic wrote this, an idea fondly borrowed from the equally lovely blog maxabellaloves - there's two blogs to check out if you're after some good reading and good writing! The idea is all about finding a "word" that will define your year, that will be your mantra, your goal. Now I loved this, and commented quickly and decidedly .....
Ummm, finding my word is harder for me, and I’ve chewed it over a bit. I have many goals this year, and they need focus and productivity, and energy. If I get all floppy and spend too much time faffing, I’ll never get there. So, I’m going to set myself the goal of trying to be all of these without losing the essence of what makes me tick. Which is a bit of floppiness and a lot of faff. So my word is focus – on my goals, on my tasks, on the opportunities and potential.
Well that was well and good in JANUARY, but we're now in almost May, as in 5 months into the year, not 5 days, and truth be told I'm not nailing my own brief. Fact is, there is waaaay too much faff and far too much floppiness. So much in fact that there isn't enough room for focus and productivity. Ok, it's not as dire as it seems, I've had stories and more stories and corporate writing, and pitches and my pipeline is full of ideas and spec stories. My year is definitely more focused and productive than the last. But truth is, I'm not operating at full speed. I'm not finding moments to sneak out a quick pitch, or jot down an online story idea. I'm lazing in bed watching the sun rise rather than rising before it. I'm heading to my big white bed and my book and my husband at night rather than not. This is my choice. But with every choice comes a cost, and my cost is my productivity. And that's not a choice I agreed to make at the start of my year.
So I'm going to find more moments, more opportunities, I'm switching up a gear.
And I'm changing my word.
My new word is now "productivity". And this time, I'm not opening the door for fluff or flop.
What's your word for this year? And are you living it, or only a little bit like me?