I'm running a little behind this year but sometime in June I usually start thinking about all of the things that I have or haven't accomplished. This year, I took a few RWA workshops that have been quite helpful and still chalked up the time not spent writing as productive. Learning anything that will make this business easier is worth every minute or dollar spent.
I'm just now polishing a project that I had planned to have finished in June but I'm not beating myself up. In the long run, what I learned in the workshops and taking some much needed time off was well worth the effort. The hardest lesson I think I've ever learned is that I'm in charge of my career.
Every year, I swear that I'm going to pay closer attention to my health. I make notes. Somehow, the activity always makes me feel better. At the half-year mark, my calendar is full of things like: Make your breast exam appointment. It's time for a physical. Schedule eye appointment. Check to see if anything still fits because your son is getting married this month and you can't show up in jeans, and a tee shirt that says "I'm still hot. It just comes in flashes." Yes, that is an actual note that I wrote on my September office calendar.
My desk calendar has me checking to see which project I'm working on next and how much research is required. I either have the books or they need to be ordered. I know people who research online and use the library but I like the physical book because I forget stuff and then misplace the notes for said "stuff".
It's also time to start a file for next year's career plan. This can change, sometimes from month to month, depending on my commitments but it's nice to have an outline. Did I mention that I've learned to be a little more flexible? It doesn't drive me as crazy as it once did but I still like the feeling of having everything under control--hence, all the notes.
Someone posted on my Facebook page (I can't remember who) that there were 18 Fridays until Christmas. That can't possibly be right because that's when I start thinking about taxes. Where did the year go?
How about you--do you have any mid-year rituals you'd like to share?
Until next month,