Writing 101 – Day 20 – The Future

Planning

Oh my, I don’t know how I feel at the end of Writing 101! I suppose I am feeling exactly how I felt when I was graduating from university. A mixture of “Thank God, I won’t fall back on assignments any more!”, and, “OMG, what now? Does this mean I have to restart thinking about my own topics to write about?” and part, “I can’t believe I won’t be seeing familiar faces anymore! How will we manage to stay in touch when life gets in the way?” as well as, “I learned so much and I can’t wait to join another course again!” Emotions are just running back and forth, jumping up and down, fighting like cats and dogs and giggling together like little children in my mind.

Of course, the real test comes when you don’t have daily prompts and challenges and when you just have to write on your own. That really terrifies me but it excites me as well. Planning and goal setting is key; two skills that I’ve said time and again that I need to work on BIG TIME!

So what does the remainder of 2015 look like for me?

Starting this month till the end of December, I plan to:

  1. Do lots of blogging and scheduling for most of the posts that have been in my mind and in my notebook since forever, which I did not want to tackle. This includes scheduling posts for the NaBloPoMo which I intend to take part in this November.
  2. Get some fall-cleaning done in preparation for Diwali which coincidentally falls on my birthday this year! So that means lots of de-cluttering (my new best friend!), cleaning and organizing! Looking forward to it at the same time procrastinating on it!
  3. Tackle some little tasks, errands and some shopping which I’ve been putting off for weeks! (Yeah, procrastination seems to love me!)
  4. Go back to my old freelance full-time job from mid-October. I wasn’t planning on doing this but it’s a great opportunity and it also means everything is going to get super busy although I will be working mostly from home till mid-November and then work from the office till end of December.
  5. Keep my fitness routine going but change the timing to first thing in the mornings so I don’t have to worry about it at the end of the day (mostly because my will-power and stamina are the weakest in the evenings after work).
  6. Start thinking about my new pet project which will give me a lot of creative satisfaction and allow me to learn so many new skills. I won’t be able to get it off the ground yet (I need to read and learn a lot!) but to plan it, I need to ponder over it seriously.
  7. Ease back into the 2015 Reading Challenge. I am ashamed to say I have been ignoring this challenge which ironically was the reason why I started blogging seriously in January! Realistically, I know I won’t be able to finish the challenge but I want to try and finish as many books as I comfortably can by the end of this year.
  8. Make my very own planner for the first time! I’ve never used a planner properly before (to-do lists are as far as I reluctantly go!) but I’ve been so inspired to make one of my own and get it printed and spiral bound! Hope this goes well !
  9. Make plans to visit a mountainous region in India next year! Any suggestions? 🙂
  10. Review my 2015 goals and see where I succeeded and where I went wrong and make a better plan for 2016 with revised goals.

Coincidentally, halfway through drafting this post and while taking a lunch break, I picked up the weekend magazine that comes with our newspaper every Friday and checked my weekly horoscope (I don’t know if I always believe in it, but sometimes it uncannily senses my thoughts!) and this is what was written:

You may wish to learn more and could consider returning to an educational course that interests you. Planning personal matters takes priority this week. You will feel happy and a little impulsive, believing nothing can go wrong. A balance between detail and positive thinking will make you a winner.

Is that eerily correct or what? Anyway, all signs are leading to planning, so that’s what I shall do !

What are some of your goals for the remainder of this year? Leave me a comment below and let me know your planning technique. Would love to hear from you!


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6 thoughts on “Writing 101 – Day 20 – The Future

  1. writenlive says:

    I thoroughly loved this post as I did all others ever since I found you in writing 101. And am I not glad!
    I too have mixed feelings about the course ending. I want to go back and do all the tasks that I could not do-life kept getting in the way 🙂 I want to hold on to all my dear new found friends.
    I feel you are great at planning, as you have mapped out most of your priorities and goals. It is a wonderful glimpse into your life.
    I wish you the very best for you to be able to complete what you started out.
    P.S. Do visit Shimla, when you are doing your ‘mountain visit’. I’ll take you around 🙂

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    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      Awww, thank you so much! It feels strange that we won’t be returning to the Commons on Monday, doesn’t it?

      Thank you so much for the best wishes. I am just a beginner in planning and hope to see where it takes me. 😀

      I would love to visit Shimla (definitely on my To-Visit list), thank you so much for offering to show me around, that’s so sweet of you! I’ll definitely have to do some research on it. 😀

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  2. Cheri Lucas Rowlands says:

    Of course, the real test comes when you don’t have daily prompts and challenges and when you just have to write on your own. That really terrifies me but it excites me as well.

    The lovely thing about the Writing 101 prompts is you can come back to them (if you’ve saved the emails), but even more, each assignment had loose boundaries and wasn’t time-sensitive, and are meant to be bendable and recycled to fit your needs. You also picked up new practices/techniques (like using Unsplash images, using blockquotes, writing lists, etc.).

    Have fun on your next projects and goals!

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    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      Thank you so much Cheri! That’s true. The assignments had so many great and flexible prompts that I am tempted to try all of them eventually. And I love Unsplash images, it’s my new favourite since I discovered it on your assignment! Hope to take part in Writing 201 in December! 😀

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