Blogger: Wendy Lawton
This morning at oh-dark-hundred we take our last Christmas guests to the San Francisco airport. I’ve changed bed linens washed mountains of tablecloths and napkins, dealt with leftovers, sent chocolate home with guests and now it’s time to switch gears and prepare for the exciting work year ahead. Anybody identify?
Ready, set, go!
My passage for this year is found in Philippians 3:13-14.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
You’ve probably already heard enough about resolutions and goals. I’m guessing you wouldn’t be following this blog if you didn’t have some very specific goals in mind. My question today is, how do we restart the race after a hiatus? For writers, one of the hardest things is getting back on track after losing momentum. Aren’t the holidays famous for causing us to lose momentum? Or what about when you’ve finished a book, celebrated, taken a little time off and you come back to that blank screen?
Let’s take a look at these words:
Ready— I find that getting ready always helps me get in the working frame of mind. For a number of years I’ve used Sunday night as a time to plan out my week. And my first couple of weeks back at work after the end-of-year break help me set up the whole year. This year will be a little different because I have a board meeting and weeklong trip scheduled for the end of this week so my back-in-the-saddle planning will be a little delayed but I’ll still “take hold” and do the planning.
Set— Setting the schedule to sit in the chair and work is essential. Notice the wisdom in the Philippians passage, “Forgetting what is behind.” That is essential. If you didn’t meet your word counts or missed your goal, set that behind you. This is a new year. Toss all that out and set new achievable daily word counts or goals.
Go— The key is just to go. Whether it is to put fingers to keyboard or to start submitting, it’s time to press on toward the goal.
That’s my plan as we start this new year. But how about you? What tricks do you have for a successful restart. Share them with us, okay? Ready, set, go!