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Welcome 2014!

Well, we’re through another year and about to embark on the next adventure. Like so many people, I view the new year as a time to start fresh. To think about where I am and where I want to be. I dislike the concept of resolutions, so I won’t be using that word. But I am planning some goals and challenges for this year.

Round this time last year, I planned to start writing every day. It’s a popular concept and I really think it’s useful. I got off to a good start and I was definitely enjoying it. However, about two weeks into the new year, a co-worker quit the company and I got nearly all the work she was doing. My manager did the math much later on and determined I was being allocated at more than 250%. I could have worked 100 hour weeks and still not gotten it all. I’m the kind of person who gets very much caught up in my work. I love what I do (technology related) and I was determined to make it all work. I’ve been down the burnout road in the past, though, and it was ugly, so I was also determined not to let myself get dragged so far in I couldn’t get out. I did give it my all though, and by the end of each day, remembering my name seemed like a chore. Writing was totally out of the question.

While I didn’t escape burnout, I managed it as best I could. My manager came on part way through the year and made it his mission to get more people hired and ease my workload. I will forever appreciate him for his efforts. We’ve finally managed to get me down to a considerably more reasonable load and the more than two weeks I took off over Thanksgiving and Christmas have started me down the road to recovery. I’ve still got a way to go and things at work are not perfect, but I’m in a hell of a lot better spot than I was.

So, in consideration of these changes, I’m going back to the writing every day challenge. A writer friend on Twitter also suggested including journal writing in my daily quota (Thanks, Janet!). I’ve not written a journal since I was in college, but it’s something I’ve considered lately. I’m not sure how it will fit into this plan, but I’m going to explore it and see what happens! I have a couple of apps for my phone/iPad for this purpose, so I’m going to try them out. I might try a blog post about them and share how they’re working out.

Of course, writing for this blog will count toward my challenge, so I’ll keep everyone posted on my progress as I go. I’m shooting for once every couple weeks for that and potentially some posts to my Supernatural blog. Between those, my fan fiction, and the journal, I should have plenty to keep me occupied!

That’s it for now. If you have a moment, feel free to share in the comments if writing daily has worked for you. Also, any suggestions on how to incorporate journalling into my day would be much appreciated!

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