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It is resolved.

3 January 2012

SOTP, dammit.

Oh, Texas public education system... keep on reaching for the stars.


It’s three days into the New Year. How are your resolutions coming?

Right.

It’s one of the main problems I’ve noticed with resolutions — most people make them blindly, with no sort of plan as to how to execute them. Then, on New Year’s day, they might make some attempt at keeping the resolution, but it falls off quickly after that. A good ten minutes spent on making a plan might have made all the difference.

Consider my friend the SOTP sign above. This is what happens when one doesn’t think about what he’s doing before he does it. (This might also be what happens when one spends too much time in a Texas public school. I don’t know. I got out after two years.) If your New Year’s resolution was to write more, did you make a plan about how to get that done? Put down some notes saying “this is the time I’ll write every day,” or “here’s some ideas on this new story I plan to work on this year?” Or was it a vague, weak “I really should get more done” kind of resolution.

Planning isn’t everything, but it helps a lot. And I’m not just talking about New Year’s Resolutions, either — it translates directly to writing, even if you’re not the sort of person who plans his or her stories out in advance (which I totally support, by the way). Even if you write by the seat of your pants, you still need to plan to set time aside, or plan your strategy for actually getting work done instead of watching TV all night.

And the most important bit — remember a plan is the map, not the territory. If something doesn’t go to plan, don’t shut the whole thing down. Re-plan. Modify. Adapt. And most importantly, don’t get down when the plan doesn’t work out just as you envisioned. It hardly ever will, but having a plan in the first place is already half the battle.

What about you? What’s your plan for the new year? Your plan to keep your resolutions?

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