Making a Plan

Posted On August 25, 2023

Photo by Michele Venne

About this time, for the past few years, I’ve started thinking about the next calendar year. Maybe it’s because my first career as a teacher meant my “year” began in August, so planning was on my mind. Or maybe I felt I needed a jump start on the next year, so I started planning earlier than December. However it began, it’s stuck with me. And though I haven’t purchased a 2024 calendar yet, the future has been on my mind.

I can be flexible and spontaneous. In fact, much of my life changes daily. Clients book sessions, then cancel or reschedule for a different time and/or day. The weather, how I’m feeling, added appointments, and other tasks come up and need to be dealt with, which often requires a rearrangement of my schedule. I often agree to things at a moment’s notice, then adjust when those things are canceled or postponed. And so goes my day. I believe this is why I like to plan. It’s my way of pretending I have control 🙂

With this planning, I always start with my priority: Holly. I have a schedule that suits us both, so everything else is fit in around her. Next, my day job, and then my writing stuff. It’s the writing stuff that I try to plan for, and it’s often the first that gets rearranged or set aside.

For the last year and a half, I’ve been working to adjust how I function (engage with) my writing business tasks. This has brought about the issue of mindset, business vs. hobby, expectations, financial and time budget, and other concerns. What I realized today, thanks to the feedback from a friend, is that what I plan depends on my goals, and those depend on my wants. And since my wants have shifted, along with my process, then everything down the line also needs to be addressed. It makes sense that I begin at the bottom (my wants) and build up from there. How much do you plan? How often are your plans met?

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

Related Posts

Corralling Creativity

Photo by Michele Venne I realized this week that I have more projects started than I planned. With The Found Gift published, I thought I could move on to completing the 10 flash fiction stories for MV2, get that out by the end of April, then continue with the first...

New Release

The Found Gift is published and available on my website! Right to the end, this title had dips and curves on its path into the wild. I'm pleased with the story, even if I missed my deadline by three and a half months. Here's the description: What happens when a...

When an Experiment Fails

Publishing a book can be many things: joyful, stressful, a lifelong dream, disappointment, exciting, wonderful, confusing, etc. I've sent enough titles out into the world to feel just about everything. After publishing 43 titles, I decided to try a preorder on my...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy