I love that feeling of moving into a new year. Shedding off the old, worn out crap you no longer need, leaving that dead weight behind and emerging as a new shiny version of you. I love reptiles! Get the reference?
One of the things my fiancé got me for Christmas this year is a brand new notebook. Now, apart from being incredibly cool just look at that eye ;-), within it is a whole lot of blank pages, ready to be filled with whatever I please.
There's something extra special about a brand new notebook. Sure, you can rip out the old pages of a barely used book from last year, but it just doesn't carry the same weight. This magical feeling I'm talking about is unique to crisp, blank notebooks brimming with potential. It's not to be taken lightly and it's not to be squandered on just any old shopping or to-do list. In other words, use it's power wisely.
If you've read my previous blog post, you'll know that I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to last year. That's because I had given myself no accountability. This year, I'm starting as I mean to go on. I've started... a writing diary.
It's simple, really. Every day that I write, I check in with the diary. Every day that I think about writing, and it falls through, I check in. The days that I don't write speak for themselves as big date gaps.
This simple method is highly effective. I'm not even publishing these diary entries online, I'm simply recording my progress. However, as someone who doesn't like to fail, I know that by recording the outcome of each day (or not), my progress is set in stone. Therefore, if I have a bad day, the only way to balance this out is to have a good day later that week. If I have several procrastination days in a row, well... that would take some making up indeed.
My point is, if no one is expecting anything of you, then will you ever achieve what you want to achieve? If you're not pushing yourself to your limits, then how will you ever know what your limits are?
I am my own accountability this year.
Author of short fiction and journals for writers.