Ah, September! How I love thee… It’s the month of dewy, crisp sunny mornings. And stationery sprees. And fewer children in public places on weekdays.
It’s also the month I moved to Orlando, which was really the start of this whole thing—5th September 2006 was The Big Day.
But what I really love about September is that it’s a fresh start, a perfect little package of time between now and New Year’s Eve in which you have every chance of achieving your goals and sauntering smugly into 2014 with a smile on your face.
I subscribe to the French notion of la rentrée, which is to say that I let the summer months pass without too much thought for goals and To Do lists, but then I pull my socks up and stride into September with a newly recharged motivation and determination to get things done. Roughly translated it means the re-entry, and I’m ready for mine. Although I haven’t spent my summer actually lazing about (far, FAR from it!), I did ignore almost all e-mail, social media and self-publishing obligations in favor of getting one, simple thing done: the first, messy draft of my novel. So now I must take that draft and get down to the business of writing a version of it someone else might be able to read one day, as well as everything else I have to do in order to finish up 2013 as a happy camper.
The current To Read pile
Right now the list looks something like this:
- Get back to regularly blogging, tweeting and reading blogs (and so get used to Feedly)
- Self-publish two more installments of Travelled
- Schedule and complete A Big Online Clean-Up (more on this in a future post)
- Think more about the cool idea (I think!) I’ve had for blogging/self-publishing in 2014 (e.g. Can I do it? Should I do it?)
- Get working on a online/video version of Self-Printed
- Make a 2013 installment of my blog book
- Read another 19 books
- Finish A Proper First Draft of the novel
- Reward self with 2014 Erin Condren Life Planner (because rewards are oh so important…!)
I’m going to start by blogging more about some of these goals and tasks this month, but until then, I want to ask you: what would you like to achieve between now and December 31st?
You’ve still got lots of time, you know…