Unfortunately, due to a combination of lack of time, energy and procrastination, none of my writing projects will come to fruition before the end of the year. I had hoped to be putting the finishing touches to a self-published e-book by this time but it’s pretty clear that this will become a project for the New Year. I am, however, undeterred and will look to pick things back up in January after I recharge my batteries over Christmas. A self-published e-book WILL happen.
Improving time management skills will be necessary come January; two jobs, volunteer work, side projects and the need to exercise more, finding a good balance to do it all without feeling obligated or burned out is crucial. Finding balance and doing it consistently has always been a challenge for me. I’m getting better at it but I still have a ways to go before I become truly effective.
As the New Year approached there is a lot to look forward to and work towards in 2014. I’ll have reached 4 weeks of vacations allowing me more time off, I’m saving money to buy new pieces of furniture (namely a Smart TV) and I’m planning on completing renovations to my house. As I become more disciplined in my finances all of these things will come easier including the possibility of taking a trip somewhere and getting laser eye surgery.
Each passing year is, generally, better than the last. I’m always taking small steps forward. At the time it never seems like much but given that time seems to pass to quickly, when you look back you notice how far you’ve gotten, how much you’ve been able to accomplish.
And as the New Year approaches I try not to make resolutions. Rather, I set goals for myself that extend past any calendar year. Some are short-term while others are very much long-term. When it comes to breaking the heavy chains of habit no resolution to be completed in a single year is sufficient, it’s a lifetime commitment.
So, I continue to prepare and look forward to Christmas. I continue to prepare for the New Year ahead. As I’ve always done, I’ll try to do the best that I can and take small steps forward at all times rather than giant leaps every once in awhile.