Monday, 30 January 2012

A question of habit

I have heard it said that many things in life are a result of habit; your bank balance and waistline to name just two. As a writer, I should also add finishing that novel or even, keeping up with a blog.

Anyone who happened upon this page recently will, no doubt, be struck by the lack of up-to-date content. I would like to say that my attention has been directed at a worthier cause but in truth, much like exercising over Christmas, I have simply lost the habit.

Happily, it being nearly February, I have managed to completely bypass that time of the year when we make all those New Year’s resolutions that we have no more hope of sticking to than we did this time last year. So I haven’t vowed to drop a dress size, take up yoga or write 2000 words a day as I have done in previous years. I am, however, trying to adopt better writing habits (and yes, both my waistline and bank balance could also both benefit from this approach!).

These include getting to my desk earlier in the morning, not being distracted by Twitter, email and Facebook and making better use of my evenings (ie no more reality TV!).

It makes sense that small steps will eventually lead you to your goal, or at least get you a lot closer. Regular savings lead to better financial health, small deposits in the emotional bank lead to a happier home life and yes, all those pages will eventually add up to a book.

Or, at least, that’s the theory!

I am still juggling all those many other things that eat up my time and take me away from my desk, not to mention all the various projects I have on the go when I get there (more of that another time), but by developing better working habits, I am optimistic that you won’t have to wait another two months for a new post. 

Thank you for sticking with me.