So, this has been my first week back at my desk since the holidays ended. I intended to get back here sooner, but this year I found I needed a break AFTER the break, to recover some mental energy. The first couple of days in my office, I spent re-setting and organizing, as usual. My yearly process usually looks something like this:
*beginning of the year: set writing and publishing goals, make spreadsheets, update all organization and time-management tools. Make A Plan.
*early months/spring: stay pretty much on track, adjusting goals as things change and keeping just busy/committed enough to avoid falling into Seasonal Affective Disorder.
*mid-year/summer: completely fall off the wagon when warm weather arrives. Work on whatever has a deadline over the summer.
*fall: frantically try to gather dropped projects. Do NaNoWriMo. Accept that goals are in total disarray.
*beginning of the year: repeat
So right now we’re at a high point for organization and productivity. I have a new schedule which actually blocks out dedicated writing time every weekday, and schedules social media/marketing and business segments, too. I’ve stayed generally within the parameters for three days now. (!) I’m walking at my treadmill desk. I’ve sent out some submissions. Things seem to be working relatively well, although I’ve already thought of a couple of things I didn’t work into the schedule. Might need a little tweaking yet.
I do like this deep-breath, regroup, get organized time of the year, though. I just wish it lasted longer.