Changing Priorities: A Year-End Reflection
Last year at about this time I wrote a blog post about…
…how I spend the last week of every year (as I have for many years) in quiet reflection on what I’ve accomplished during the year that’s just passed…
…did I meet all of my goals? Some of them? Am I happy with how the year went? What would I have changed or improved, if I could?
At the same time I also think about the coming year, and what goals I’ll set for myself (trying of course to be realistic, but not always succeeding at it)…..there’s nothing worse than setting myself up for failure when success is so much more conducive to health and happiness.
I’ve decided to make this an annual post – the last one of each year – to share with all of you who participate in this with this wonderful community of writers, that I’m blessed to be a part of, my thoughts on where the ending year has taken me professionally and where I hope the new year will lead me.
I’ve also decided that instead of making specific resolutions (that can sometimes be hard to keep), I’ll choose a “theme” for the coming year to light my way and help me stay focused on my goals.
Last year at this time I thought mostly about inspiration — where I sought and found it, how it effected what I did and wrote about in 2010, and what I was hoping would inspire me for 2011.
This year what’s foremost in my mind is priorities……2011 was a very tough year for me professionally, with unexpectedly shifting priorities and continually changing goals.
While I am adaptable and can generally deal with whatever comes my way, there’s still only one of me and only so much I can do. I’d rather do one job really well than do three mediocre jobs. Unfortunately I lost sight of this in 2011.
Opportunities came and went, many I accepted, some I accepted and shouldn’t have, and some I was unable to accept…..I overestimated my abilities and overextended myself a few times…..but we’ve all been there, yes? Everyone I know seems to be busier and stretched in more directions than ever before.
The hardest thing for me this past year was having to shift my focus away from TWE, which is where my heart lives, in order to take care of those things that paid the bills……but I imagine that many of you have been in that boat too.
So this week will be one of planning for me, as I’m resolved to do a better job with my time and attention in 2012, and focus only on opportunities that achieve one (or both) of two objectives; either pay my bills, or benefit our community here at TWE. That doesn’t mean I won’t still occasionally have some fun, but it means I’ll be letting go of a few responsibilities that don’t meet those goals.
For 2012 I’m choosing the theme of “Priorities”. My occasional blog posts throughout the year will incorporate this theme, in ways intended to be useful to all of you, with my hope that it will inspire you in choosing your own priorities, and help you to achieve your own goals, whether they be about writing, editing, or publishing.
Since my intention for this coming year is to do more to help you, I invite you to share with me your own goals and aspirations…..and to let me know what we at TWE can provide you with to help you with your goals.