I recently blogged about my goal setting and how it has changed and evolved over the last couple of years. I recently decided that quarterly goal more suited my journey and changed over to them from monthly ones at the beginning of quarter two this year. I knew there were some things coming up in my work and personal life that would have an impact on what I was able to achieve so I factored this in trying to make sure my goals were stretching enough whilst still staying in the realm of achievable.
The last couple of weeks have been off the chart challenging in my day job and my personal life and the things I thought I had factored in turned out to be much more taxing than I originally anticipated. I haven't done any work to my WIP in the last three weeks for example.
The good news is that in the first half of April I had managed to get myself well ahead of schedule. The bad news is even with that solid start I'm still really behind.
I've gone back to my goals and since these are self made I've been able to tweak them but some of them are time sensitive and some of the goals I have set give me the chance to take advantage of opportunities that are only available for a limited time.
As I write this I am in the lucky position that I have managed to take some time away from my day job and within that small amount of time I'm going to give myself time for some writing. Not being able to write recently has had a negative affect on my general well being and has reinforced how important it is for me to be indulging in my passion and working on achieving my dreams.
I am, I think, a reasonably flexible person and generally able to roll with the punches. But what this last little while has taught me is even the best of us get knock out sometimes. The important thing for me now is to get back up and start moving forward again.
So whilst I'm not totally fighting fit and ready to get back in the ring I am getting there. I see all over social media people saying you must find the time to write everyday no matter what and I think that, that is a lovely idea in an ideal world. I have never been able to manage that and have been content with knowing that I carve out as much time for writing as I can every week. I've even taken breaks away from the pages and the keyboard but that's always been choice. Right now the circumstances have been forced upon me and there's nothing I can do to change that.
Finally I see a small light at the end of what will undoubtedly be a very long tunnel but the sight of it gives me hope that I will get back to my routine and all will be well in my little world again.
I think it is really important to remember that as long as you don't give up you're winning. As long as I find my way back to my WIP I'll be ok.