A BKA Writer’s Top 10 Resolutions for 2015
Writers are just like everyone else in the world using January as a time for setting new goals and accomplishing at least 5 percent of them throughout the year. As a group, writers tend to be perfectionists, so all the goals that aren’t met have a tendency to grate on us until we want to pull our hair out and scream.
At BKA, we decided to hold ourselves accountable for our goals this year and put them out there publicly. Here is our list of the top 10 resolutions from our writers.
Read More Books
Writers also have a tendency to be readers, and we fill our spare time with even more words. Many of us have a goal to read more books this year than we did last year, whether it be fiction, non-fiction or, in my case, the Kindergarten readers that come home from school with my 5-year-old.
Write Something That’s Not for Work
So many of our writers love to write things outside of work. Some are working on novels, others write short stories for magazines or other publications, and some just want to keep in touch with old friends through letters and email. No matter what we’re writing, it’s clear that we communicate best through the written word.
Write More for Work
BKA is getting busy, and many of our writers want to beat their personal best by setting high word count goals and improving grammar and vocabulary skills.
Better Oral Hygiene
On a totally unrelated note, one writer wants to be better at flossing, rather than just buying floss. Let’s be honest, we can probably all fit into that category.
It’s amazing how tough the strain is on your neck and back when you sit at a computer all day, but when you’re in the zone, it’s hard to focus on your posture. We are determined to start small over here by sitting up straight in our chairs at least once a day.
Be More Present
This one isn’t just exclusive to writers. Many of our writers (myself included) want to cut back on social media time and be more present in the moment. You know that when you find yourself looking for a “like” button in your emails, you probably spend too much time on Facebook.
Less Time Online
When you browse the Internet for information for your job, it’s easy to get distracted by retargeting ads and every article that catches your eye. Many of us have goals to spend less time online and more time with the people who are physically here in our lives.
When the kids are asleep, and the house is quiet, it’s so hard to go to bed and give it up for the day. BUT the late hours and early mornings are tough on the mind and the body, so we are setting goals to go to bed before 2 AM each night. Maybe eventually we’ll even move that up to midnight.
With the stresses of everyday life, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things that are going wrong. One writer set the goal to find something to be thankful for every morning. I think this is one that we could all use if we want to be more focused on the good in life.
Serve Someone Every Day
Even when you’re busy, it’s amazing how much energy you can get when you take the time to do something for someone else. Serving doesn’t have to just be about other people. Many of our writers set goals to serve themselves and hit their own personal objectives. Some examples are:
- Hit weight loss goals
- Learn more about investing
- Spend more time with the toddlers at home
- Grow a garden
- Learn a foreign language
- Work on family history
- Learn how to knit
- Complete a service project once a month
So, there you have the complete list of resolutions from the writers at BKA. Whether we meet these goals or not, we are firm believers that setting targets and working toward them makes us all better people in the long run. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Comment below!
Special thanks to Deborah B., Chantelle S., Carly P., Irene C., Amber M., Claudia C., Rebekah S. Daneen H., Beth W., and Shelly P, for their help in putting this together!