Contest Entry into Dear Me 2017
That past year, twenty sixteen as we like to call it, was a strange one for sure.
It is your own fault that you started paying attention to the Newsfeed. Every time you log on, that Newsfeed will show a little number next to it. Reducing the number of people to follow has made that number smaller, but it's still there. You can't blame members for putting interesting or redundant things on the Newsfeed. You don't have anyone but yourself to blame when you click on the Newsfeed link. You don't have anyone but yourself to blame when you start scrolling down the Newsfeed. Any minute spent on the Newsfeed is also a minute not spent writing or reviewing.
Don't you wish there was a way to set your left bar up in a way that the Newsfeed stays hidden from sight?
Sometime in the second half of 2016, Trinkets appeared. It was madness! Madness I tell you! You spent all of your gift points on the creation of Trinkets. You stalked the Newsfeed for new Trinkets. You scoured people's portfolios for hours in order to capture another Trinket. Each time you checked for new Trinkets, you didn't write or review. Your creativity was dead.
As fun as Trinkets are, they have done nothing but distract you. The gift points you used in their creation are not a problem as your membership is paid through 2018. However, you might have helped someone else with a membership instead of buying all those Trinkets. Think about that for a minute.
Another thing you used to do is run a fundraiser and two writing/reviewing activities. "It's just a few minutes every week," you liked to tell yourself. Truth be told, by the time you were done administering your fundraiser, your activity page, checking the Newsfeed, and thinking about making another Trinket, it was time to move on in the day offline. You again did not write or review anything.
2016 was a train wreck for your writing and reviewing! What are you going to do about it?
Stop running the fundraiser. You've set it to private in your portfolio.
Stop running your writing/reviewing activities. They will be completed at the end of February.
Take 15 minutes per day three days per week to go through your portfolio one item at a time and decide what to do with it. You have an upgraded membership, which allows you to store 250 items. Newsflash: This very Static Item you're working on is number 250! You are out of space. So, spend those 15 minutes and manage your portfolio. SET A TIMER. Yes, I yelled. You needed that.
Spend 30 minutes per day five days per week to work on your novels. Set those days at the beginning of the week in accordance with all the other things that you have to do that week. Put those 30 minutes in your planner and when it's time: it's time. Just do it. Again, SET A TIMER.
Spend time in nature as much as possible. You have beaches, parks, a spectacular botanical garden, mountains all within reach where you live.
You started the year off well by committing yourself to the Southern California Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge and you're planning to bag your first peak on January 28.
You also signed up for the 52 Hikes Challenge you found on Instagram. So far, you went hiking twice this year. Considering it's the third week of the year as you're writing this, you are doing well. Just keep doing what you're doing. Once a week, get out and hike for a couple of hours with your family or a hiking group. Living in Los Angeles has few perks, but hiking groups are like mushrooms around here. They pop up all the time. Join them and hike!
Travel within the USA, but outside of California at least once this year. Possible destinations are New York City or Seattle. You might also choose hiking in Utah, or something else you haven't thought of at all yet.
Make it a point to visit your family in France this year. Wow Airlines has made traveling a lot cheaper. Use it. Their tickets are so cheap that you have enough points on your credit card to buy one ticket and have the cost covered by those credit card points. You can essentially buy a round-trip plane ticket to Europe for free. You'd be stupid not to use it.
Where does this leave Writing.Com and its many distractions?
Honestly, my biggest wish for you this year is to grow resistant to the distractions of the Newsfeed and whatever else that happens on the site that has nothing to do with writing. It's your responsibility to keep yourself on track. You can't control what other people do, but you can control what you do. Take charge of your writing life now.