It’s easy to come up with ideas for where you want to be in the future and to set yourself goals. The greater challenge is actually meeting those goals, and continuing to work towards them even when you feel unmotivated.
The most difficult thing – at least for me – is knowing how, when, and what to prioritise. Having set myself a list of goals for the week or month or year, how do I know how much physical time and mental effort do I allocate to that goal or task?
Often I find myself leaning towards completing the tasks that are easier first. This gives me a tremendous sense of accomplishment, but it’s also a means to procrastinate and put off completing something bigger.
At the moment, I have quite a few projects going on. The most important thing that I keep trying to remind myself is that I can’t rush things, and that if I work hard and I am patient with myself, in time these tasks will get done.
Once I have completed the first edit run of my upcoming novel, The Black Rook, I will be able to turn my attentions to other things (that is until the edits come back for a second run).
Planning for my Putrid Hand brand is slow going at present. The motivation and excitement I had felt for that project has been slowly slipping away with each passing day, but I hope this will change as soon as I dive into the nitty gritty of the work.
Aside from those two large projects, I am still on the lookout for a literary agent, and to get my second novel, Like Pigs, published.
We’re not even one month into the year yet, though, and I have to keep reminding myself that. There’s plenty of time to complete my goals for 2022 and beyond.