Staying on the wagon...

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

I am trying so hard not to fall off the wagon today. The goal wagon, that is, I’m not much of a drinker and though I’d love a shot of whiskey to clear out my sinuses, my ever-expanding bump forbids it.  You see, I set out to make 2012 the year that I work hard and achieve all of my goals. I’m doing well so far, but tonight nearly ruined me.
As you all know, I used Susan Meier’s Goal Workshop to set some goals. Since, I’ve also signed up for an online goal workshop—Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Challenge (http://www.chalenejohnson.com/products-page/product-category/30-day-challenge/). I figure overkill is better than my usual tactic- talk about doing something but never get around to it. The challenge is free (probably the most important factor post-Christmas) and it’s fun so far. It doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of time each day and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will work.
Let me back up a bit and tell you where I found Chalene Johnson. I happened to see a tweet from an independent author who I follow promoting one of his books. Again, since money is really tight this time of year, I checked it out on Amazon and found the Kindle version to be very affordable, so I clicked ‘Buy’. The book is The Path to Self-Publishing by Michael R. Hicks (http://www.amazon.com/Path-Self-Publishing-Success-ebook/dp/B005FU49BG/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1325710357&sr=1-11) . I haven’t finished it (only got it a few days ago), but so far I’m happy to recommend it.
It has a section on self-help books and tapes and such which I had every intention on skipping, only Michael knew I’d skip it. He said so right on the first page. And there I was half shamed, half curious and knowing full-well that I was going to read the section. Just to prove myself, I even resolved to try the programs and books he suggested.
Now I’ll be the first to say that I’ve never been a big fan of ‘self-help’ or probably any help for that matter. I am such a pain in the ass. I make goals, but I never keep them. And I’ve never been all that inclined to figure out why or to follow someone else’s ‘path’.
I seem to have had a shift in my way of thinking. It happened about the time I realised that I really was going to carry this baby to full term and I really was going to see my income go from £22k a year to less than £3k a year. I knew I needed to make some goals. And stick with them. There was no other choice.
So, I pulled up Chalene’s website and signed onto the challenge. I also bought Jeff Olsen’s audio book The Slight Edge (http://www.amazon.com/Slight-Edge-Jeff-Olson/dp/B000NU3KS6/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325710470&sr=1-2) at Michael’s urging. I’ve been listening to it in the car today on my way to and from work and I’m really seeing his point. It’s simple, really, it’s all about how easy it is to make the wrong decisions because they aren’t going to affect you right then and there. I won’t break it down any further for you, you’ll have to buy it yourself, but I will say sometimes you just need to hear common sense aloud to see the sense in it.
That brings me to tonight. I feel awful. Really, truly ill. The sinus infection settled in my chest, so you can imagine I’m not a happy bunny. I had every intention of going to bed after I tucked my son in and calling it a night. Then I looked at my list of tasks for the day.
I make these weekly charts to list everything that needs to be done each day. It’s my own design and I’ve done it for ages, I just haven’t always checked the tasks off each day. Most of the time I figure I’ll just work extra hard tomorrow to catch up. I am a certified procrastinator. When I looked at the long list (read 23 pages, come up with theories for my essay and make an essay plan for Children’s Lit; write this blog; start my WIP synopsis…) I realised there was no way I’d ‘catch up tomorrow’. If I left it all I was sunk. Just like The Slight Edge says, the decision to procrastinate today wasn’t going to hurt today, but it would compound day after day as I was unable to catch up until at last it because a mountain I couldn’t climb.
So first I set to this blog—after all, I promised those of you who read my posts (all 2 of you—Hi, Mom!) that I’d stick to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. I’m not sure where I’ll head next. I may not complete it all tonight, but I am going to at least get a good start so I’m not stressed out tomorrow trying to cram everything in. I owe myself that. I’d like to tell you I’ll head to the school work next, but I would much rather write. Even if it is a synopsis (yuck!). One way or the other, I’d better stop rambling here and get to work!

2 comments

  1. I am with you 100 percent. The only way to achieve goals is to do every single task required to reach them. And sometimes you have to just battle through, even when you don't feel like it. Best of luck sticking to your guns!

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  2. Thanks. I did manage to get about a third of my list done last night. I saved the reading for today (with the way I felt, I wouldn't have made sense of any of it anyway). I am still a little behind as of writing this, but not nearly as I would have been. The 'catch up' now is completely possible. I feel good about it, and I'm so glad I didn't leave it undone.

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