finding the motivation to get it done
The tradition of making New Year's resolutions is especially appealing if you didn't get around to following through on last year's. It's a symbolic clean slate - or maybe a blank screen would be a more suitable and contemporary metaphor.
Any dangling resolutions from last year? Just recycle them and add a few new ones. This year, I made a list of resolutions - more like underlying goals or directives to kindle (the verb that is, not the noun) momentum on some of my projects.
One thing I've learned is that lofty goals are rooted in humble beginnings. For instance, the first thing I did this year was to conduct a one-woman archaeological dig through a mountain of papers that had accumulated on my work space. Then, I started writing again.
On the topic of reading, writing and goals, there was a marvelous list of literary resolutions on the LA Times Jacket Copy blog, to celebrate the New Year. If you didn't see it, do take a look: 37 literary resolutions for 2011.
Now back to my goals. I want to take advantage of the opportunity for a fresh start. There are still more than 350 days left...