Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Year Priorities -- Have any?

Of course, I love to ski.  That should be pretty obvious by now.  I love to boat, too.  I like to garden, as well.  It's all too easy to slide into sports mode, or garden mode, and let writing mode slide.

That's why it's important to set priorities.  Yes, I know the snow won't last forever, and today is a particularly appealing day, and then it will be gorgeous day on the lake, or the perfect time to plant wonderful baby vegetables.

Yet, when one writes, one must be a self-starter.  Even outwardly imposed deadlines don't help nearly as much as the deadlines one sets for one's self.   Even if ski season is in full swing, it's time to get organized and put one's art first, where it belongs.

How?  Get a calendar.  Fill out days.  Set specific days for specific tasks.  Stick to the schedule.  Allow a few swing days and unscheduled days for when there's 30" of new snow and digging out is mandatory, and when the skiing is just plain fine.  There is room for all you love in your life, if you recognize what's most important, and pay attention to that first.

Weather's unpredictable.  Get out while the getting's good, but never forget that the work/art priority comes first.

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