I had originally intended to have this posted for yesterday, but it actually plays to the message that I’m writing you that it won’t actually be posted until it’s done.
When the year started, I had given myself a ton of expectations. I felt like goals were too easy to give up on, but if I expected myself to do particular things, then I would be much more likely to follow through. So I wrote down a full list of things that I had expected to do in 2016.
These things are not unattainable, nor were they things that I needed to be absolutely locked into – yet another reason why they weren’t called goals. They were just tasks that I expected myself to be able to complete throughout the day and month that would help me to become a better person, or, at the very least, a better writer.
I will whole-heartedly admit that I ended up having to modify the list a bit; I am not doing nearly as many books reviews as I should, nor am I writing one thousand words everyday, and I definitely haven’t tried more than one recipe. However, I am getting better at posting, and today I want to talk about what is helping me do that.
Before the year started – but shortly after I wrote down my expectations – I opened the calendar app on my Macbook, and I plotted out the amount of posts that I wanted to write for the month of January. I had put down 10 posts, three days apart, and then another ten fanfic reviews, also three days apart. When you add in the 2 posts that I was scheduled to turn in to Fandom Following, the total number of posts I was supposed to write was 22.
It was terribly ambitious, and I’m pretty sure I only did about six posts each, not counting the two that I owed Fandom Following. However, I came to realize that ten fanfic reviews a month would have always been too much because I only bother to recommend the ones that I really like. And ten posts might have been too much for February, so I learned to better adjust my schedule.
This time I scheduled for 8 blog posts, 4 fanfic reviews (one every Sunday), and my two obligatory posts for Fandom Following. So that was 14 posts in total.
You’ll notice that a whole week in February is blank; that’s because I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired at the time. I am pretty sure that writing was done, and I know that I have record of it somewhere, but I just didn’t have anything that I wanted to say on this or any of my blogs.
Actually, that was apparently the week where I queued up a day or two’s worth of songs on my music blog, and just forgot about the rest of the week. That makes sense. I have a tendency to forget to do something with that blog until someone submits music. I’m working on being better about it.
My February calendar ended up being much more successful than my January calendar because I forced myself to look at my posting dates as guides and not deadlines. Some days I would write things that just were not fit for posting, and some days I just wouldn’t write anything at all.
Calendaring has helped me to post more because it gives me a good idea of what I want to get accomplished throughout the month, and what is actually getting done. Sometimes I don’t quite make the deadlines, but having that reminder there helps me to reprioritize so that I am able to meet the goal for the month.
The thing is, I don’t like to give up on things. I’m really big on modifying to fit what I can complete at the time, or even just leaving it alone for a while and coming back to it when I’m in a better headspace. I don’t mind starting over, because I feel like I’ll understand whatever it was that stopped me better. I’m much more aware of what I want as my end goal when I come back to something after taking some time away.
It’s why I still plan to attend grad school, at some point. It’s why I can’t yet say that I’ve given up on teaching.
In any case, calendaring also helps me to keep track of things.
The photos in the gallery above are all screenshots of posts whose goals I had met. It was not so much that I had met the deadline, but more that I had proof that I had actually accomplished something. Fanfic #4 was supposed to be written on a Sunday, but, when I didn’t even write it, I decided to not give up on the project and was able to complete it the next day instead. Fanfic #3 had just been completed the Thursday before.
This may not seem like much to anyone else, but, when you feel like you haven’t done anything with your life, having something to show you that your goals were being accomplished is a great ego boost. Having records like that gives you a more tangible representation of your growth.
So why am I telling you all of this? Because I have friends who are just as creative as I am, if not more, who may not have as much free time as I do, but could still benefit from this method. I like that my productivity inspires other people, but I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re wasting their talent. So I’m suggesting a way to help.
It may not work for everyone. You might even have a better motivation method. However, I just wanted to share my way because I know that it could work for someone. I know it’s not a new method, but that doesn’t stop it from being viable.
Just try it. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. If it does, awesome. Come talk to me about it.
Either way, I have written my Life! post for the month, so that’s a goal achieved and another post completed.
Guess my method worked.