The title might suggest that I’ve gone on some sort of religious journey, and that I will find my redemption this year. Well, in a sense, this year will be the end of a journey. This will be the year of “The Xoron Redemption”, the final chapter in the “Shaedeon Resurgence” saga. It will be another milestone for me, personally, because it will mean that I’ve written an entire trilogy! A feat not many can say they have achieved. And if there’s something I like, it’s achieving stuff!
New year’s resolutions
Yeah, about those. I stopped doing those some time ago, and instead work with a goal system that helps me achieve my goals in a much better, manageable way. I was thinking about writing a new blog article earlier, but this is the time when most people have already given up on their resolutions. It’s the perfect time to tell everyone what I’ll be up to this year, and give you a boost, if you feel you need one.
There’s a reason many people quit their resolutions, and although there’s been a ton of research on them, my own observation is that people ask too much of themselves. For resolutions to work, you need to change your mindset, and perhaps even your lifestyle. The easiest example is losing weight. Many people find it’s quite easy to lose five kilos, but find it harder to maintain their intended weight. That’s because they usually go back to their previous lifestyle, which would probably have caused them to weigh more and more. It’s all about the mindset! That’s a thing I’ve certainly found out over the past year.
Time for a new me?
Nah, you don’t have to change entirely, but you just have to commit to your goals. The only way to do that is by making them actually achievable. Don’t ask the impossible of yourself. Or try to cut up your goals into sub-goals. That always helps for me. For instance, I want to finish two chapters of my book each month. That is a manageable goal. It means I’ll get two weeks to work on each chapter, which is more than enough.
What also helps is to make sure you reserve time to things that are important for you. When my sister Marsha gave me the “Miracle Morning” book, I tried to do the routine every morning. I eventually gave up, but that was only because I didn’t have the right mindset. Now I’m picking it up again properly and it really helps me to gain focus during the day. I try to meditate every day, shortly after getting up. I’m using a great app called “Headspace“. They do ask an annual membership, but in my opinion it’s well worth the cash. It’s given me a lot of tranquillity and rest at the start of each day, which in turn made it possible to get shit done every day.
Achieving stuff is something that I find very rewarding. Putting a tick in a box whenever I finish something on my To-Do-List feels great, especially when everything on that list is finished. It’s taken me a long time to learn how to make them so that I can usually tick every item on the list at the end of the day. The key is to know how much is realistic, and how much time everything on the list actually costs. Making a list with ten items is unlikely to be done at the end of the day. Putting just three on them is usually a whole lot better, and rewarding. If you’re making To-Do-Lists, make sure you keep them short and doable, because if you end up with an unfinished list every day, it’ll only start to demotivate you.
It’s true that all work is never finished, and perhaps you’ll be making lists until the day you die, but the least you can do for yourself is keep it doable and motivate yourself by keeping the lists realistic.
My goals for 2018
Although I’ve still not created them as items in Evernote, I do know what my goals are this year. That’s because there aren’t that many, but they are important. Here’s the (short) list of my goals for this year:
1. Finish “The Xoron Redemption” manuscript
I haven’t worked on the last book of “The Shaedon Resurgence” as much as I wanted last year. There’s a couple of reasons for it, most of them having to do with my day job, but also because I’ve been quite lazy. This year I must finish the manuscript, because my publisher is eagerly awaiting it. I believe I will have it finished somewhere close to half this year. If I finish two chapters each month, that is a very likely scenario.
2. Read fifteen books
My goal on Goodreads.com has been set to fifteen books this year. Last year I managed to finish eighteen. I’m just being realistic when I say I have a good feeling that I can finish one book every month, and perhaps a bit more. Especially since I’m reserving time to read in the morning every day, I think I’ll easily accomplish this one.
3. Get in better shape
I would love to weigh somewhere around 70 kilos, but I also like to not be out of air when I climb a flight of stairs to the eight floor. So not only do I want to lose weight, I want to look good doing it. I need to hit the gym more, and exercise more at home. This is one of those goals that just lingers every year, because I don’t have the mentality of a sports person. Being lazy is my modus operandi. Just like every nerd I know. But knowing yourself is part of the solution (and one could argue, the problem).
4. Help the new company I work for to grow
Most of you know I’ve changed jobs at the start of this year. Since we’re a new company, I’ll be working hard to help it grow. We’re only six guys trying to make a living, so far. I think we have the potential to grow to become a very important player in marketing data. It feels great to be part of a brand new company so far, and I can’t wait to see it grow! I’ll be giving it my all to make sure it does.
5. Start work on my over-the-top fantasy novel
After finishing “The Xoron Redemption” I won’t stop writing. In fact, I’ll be focussing my attention to something completely new. Something I’ve been working on in my head for a long time, and something that I hope will make people call me the Dutch Douglas Adams, or some other great comedic writer. It’s going to be a wild ride, and just the idea of working on that story is giving me a whole lot of energy, but first I need to finish what I started.
That’s all folks!
So, there are my five goals for this year. What are you planning to do this year? Do you have any resolutions at all? Please let me know! 🙂