Category: Goals and Habits

Project Management for Writers: the 6+2 Week Goal Cycle (with printable template)

If you’re like me, you find the project management side of creative work to be… Wait, what’s project management? My point exactly. For years, I’ve been trying to find a project management strategy that worked. Planning on a yearly or quarterly basis was futile because they were too long–I was constantly changing course or reconsidering…
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5 Things I Do at the Beginning of Every Year

In her book Happier than Before, Gretchen Rubin discusses the strategy of new beginnings as a way to set ourselves up for success in starting or maintaining good habits. According to this rationale, new beginnings (like a new job, new school year, or move to a new house) meaningfully interrupt old routines and thus provide an…
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new year's resolutions, professional editing, goals

“18 for 2018”: How to Happy-fy Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you like to make new year’s resolutions? In their recent episode of Happier, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft proposed–as an alternative to ordinary resolutions–making a happier project out of 18 things for 2018. In other words, make a list of 18 new things you could do during 2018 that would “spark joy,” to use…
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Better Mornings than Before

Monday marked the start of an intentional plan to revamp my morning routine. It all started when a friend and I started reading through Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before, a perceptive exploration of the art of changing and mastering habits. What sets Rubin’s book apart from other works I’ve read on the topic is she…
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2 Ways to Stay Sane While Writing

I use two metrics to “measure” (qualitatively) the health of my relationship with writing at any given time. I should explain that I gravitate towards two extremes in my writing practices–when left to my own devices, I either write too much or nothing at all. I often veer into an unhealthy relationship with writing that…
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(Re)Learning to Play

The other morning, I awoke to a startling set of pictures strewn across my Facebook feed. Do you ever find out things via social media that you wish you could have found out about in a more private, sensitive way? This was one of those things for me. The images were not from someone’s obituary,…
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Reading Home

For the last week and a half, I’ve mostly been away from the internet. I like to do this sometimes, especially when I’m traveling or working on a large writing project. In this case, it was both–a book proposal due at the end of the month and a trip back home to attend an awesome…
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The Art of Apprehension

Now that you’ve read the title of this post, you probably think I’m going to be talking about worry. Anxiety. “Apprehension.” And how to make something beautiful out of it. Come to think of it, that would make a really good post. Or poem. And given the degree to which I do stress about things,…
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