It’s Not New Years Any More, Dorothy

Sensational Saturdays

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What happens when you set a huge mountain of goals, and then life interrupts?

First, you panic.

Then you look at the goals and wonder: What was I thinking?

Then you get back to work and try to get back on track.

This is my epiphany now that it is the middle of February. In January I happily set a huge amount of goals. (Click HERE to see the mountain) I knew that I wouldn’t get every single one crossed off the list. I even said that. But I wanted to dream big.

So I wrote them all down. And then life kept interrupting.

Okay, it’s not the end of the year, but it is the middle of the second month and I am not where I expected to be. To start with, I had planned to have all of my edits, including the galley’s, done for Little Red Riding Wolf in January. I was going to edit an old ms while I waited for them to show up and work on my plotting for my new novella.

And I did get my edits, and I did get them done. And I do have my novella plotted. But what I didn’t plan for was the family emergency that sucked a week out of January. Poof, gone.

Oh, and the other thing I didn’t plan for was the CRW Award of Excellence contest (that I am running) to come to a head the same week as the family emergency. Nor did I plan for that week to be the week my second round of edits came in.

Life sucks happens.

But what do you do when you are a tight goal setter? What do you do when it snows and the kids and husband don’t leave the house. Or you get the killer head cold and can barely even stand to look at the computer for a week? Or those same kids get sick and not only are they home, in need of Mom’s homemade straight-from-the-chicken soup, but they also then need to be driven to school when they are finally almost feeling better?

All these things made my January crazy.

Actually the killer head cold was last week. I did get some writing done, but not enough. And this week I also had another family crisis. Not an emergency, but still….

I’m at the point where I need to be firm and say, I’m not answering the phone between the hours of nine and three. If I was at work, they would have to wait. Why is it so hard when I’m at home?

I’m the sandwich generation. I have parents who need a little more help and my kids still need me. I’m trying to work at my writing career, and (in the spring/summer/part of the fall) I hold a job. I’m trying to keep up with my Dr. Oz recommended healthy lifestyle (the 85 pound Labrador helps get me out the door) and oh, yeah. My husband.

Let’s not forget about him. He seems to think that being married requires that we spend time together. Where has he been the last ten years? Modern couples just text  I LUV U, and roll over exhausted.

And yet, no one but me set those goals. I knew things might come up. What was I thinking?

I’ll tell you what I was thinking. IN fact you can go back and read the original post if you want to, but I was being optimistic. Is that a bad thing?

No. I don’t think so. But now when I know I’m falling behind, now is the time to reexamine those goals. To figure out if I can buckle down and make my word count double this week and catch up for last weeks head-cold. To realize that I’ve not just been busy with other people’s crisis, but I could have worked harder when I had the time.

Yeah, I admit it. I’ve slacked off too much. So now is the time to get back on the track. Now is the time to not answer the phone for a few hours, check messages at lunch, and then get back to work. Now is the time to treat my time at my computer as sacred.

Because if I don’t, I’m not even going to get halfway up the mountain. And I expect to do at least that.

Have you stopped by Gloria Richard’s blog an seen Sherry Isaac’s Step Away From the January, It Might Be Loaded posts? Unlike me Sherry has a reasonable approach to goal setting. Where are you on your goals? Did you set any and have you reviewed them?

My Little Red Riding Wolf Contest is still open. Leave a comment today and click HERE to enter.

This week I’ll be on Sutton Fox‘s blog on Friday and don’t forget to RSVP for the Twitter Party that amazing Brinda Berry is throwing for me on February 18th at 5pm Mountain time.


Filed under channeling success, Goal Setting, Sensational Saturday's

10 responses to “It’s Not New Years Any More, Dorothy

  1. Brinda Berry

    Yes, life ALWAYS interrupts. It’s the nature of the beast. We can’t let it beat us! Let’s kiss January goodbye and look forward to a great February. Now, I must go and plan a blog tour. I, too, am behind on my goals. 🙂

    • Yay! Brinda is going on blog tour! Wanna post here? You could do a nice craft blog on Moonday Mania, or a paranormal on on a Thursdays Bite. There is always an open spot for you on Paranormal Freebies. Take your pick!

  2. Thanks for the blog pingback, Jessica! ERK! You might want to skip next week when Sherry rips through my lofty ROW80 goals. You’re busy, busy, busy. I understand.

    You are SO not alone. And, if we were time-travelers, we’d see the same has happened for generations. So many platitudes born from this concept: Life Happens; Life on Life’s Terms;(Wo)man Plans, God Chuckles; Get Back of the Horse/Bike/Mule/Wagon; A Journey of a Million Miles Begins with a Single (mis)Step…

    Okay, I doctored that last one a bit and have run out of platitudes. Oh! Oh! One more. From way back to the cavemen days: “UGH!”

    Clever and witty post, Jessica. I may “borrow” my platitudes if I need them to defend my position on Sherry’s next post. YOU ROCK!

    • Borrow away, I love the platitudes. I still think it’s good to aim high, but wow! If someone ever needed to step away from the January, it’s me. I taught a session at my local chapter on goal setting Saturday, the day I posted this blog. And I brought them the SMART goals info sheet, but do I hold to it? NO!

  3. Are you kidding me, Jessica? Just the list of things you did get done is awesome. I do believe in looking at the positives, but your goal-setting is helping you accomplish so much, I’m totally in awe. I don’t have half those excuses and haven’t accomplished nearly as much as you. My big thing is getting my head right. If I can do that, I can do anything. Walk my 10,000 steps, cook perfectly balanced, nutritious meals, answer all my emails on time, do my social media well, work on writing tasks for at least three hours a day, and complete 2 interesting blog posts a week on On Becoming a Wordsmith. But if it’s grey outside, my desk is covered with a plethora of tasks, and I just want to lie down and read, my task mountain Everests. (New word, that!) So glad I have your example to follow.

    • I may have to use that: “my task mountain Everests.” Very clever Elaine!

      Can you come over to my house and cook nutritious meals, I’m falling behind there. I think the girls put in two frozen pizzas this week while I was out “networking”. We’ll call it that anyway! Thanks for your support, and I intend to catch up with at least some of my goals. There is no reason why I can’t leave the phone alone! The only thing I might have to pick up for is going to look at apartments with my parents. But if I work hard on the days I’m here, then I should at least catch up to my winner list, if not my superstar list!

  4. What do you do when you home school three children (ages 6, 7, & 9) so they are home full time; husband is disabled so he’s also home full time and live in a 2 bedroom apt with cardboard walls? Life definitely happens. I am trying to make my family view my writing as a job that I must commit to. I also have a family member who comes over sometimes three days a week. Very difficult to get the family to shut the door and stay away. Actually, it just doesn’t happen. I try to just write in the midst of the chaos. Hope your winter gets a bit easier.

    • Okay, so I need to stop whining. Big time. And you need to get your husband to homeschool the kids (if he’s able) while you go to the library and work. I love going to the library. Free internet and lots of quiet table space. Some people get used to the chaos and need it once things get quiet. My winter isn’t impossible, I’m just whining. Forgive me! 🙂

  5. Thanks for the mention, Jessica!

    Me? Reasonable? Snort.

    Keep setting big goals, keep challenging yourself. It isn’t the interruptions that count, but how you handle them. You may live in the mountains, but your goals were written on paper, not stone. Computer? Even better. You’re a writer, so revise!

    And don’t forget all the tasks you did accomplish, all those edits you did complete, and the next book outlined. Jessica, that is HUGE.

    Keep chuggin’, my friend.

    • Sometime this week I do need to revise my goals. My Bob Mayer class has made me look at my longterm goals differently and that RWA report has made me re-think my marketing goals. I don’t know when I will find the time. Okay, it may be March. But I will revise!

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