New Year Blues 2013
You’d be forgiven for thinking the New Year is an energising time for all the way blogs and podcasts talk about it. But for some of us it can be enervating instead, making us weary when we should feel refreshed. It doesn’t have to be this way!
They’re right of course, all those excited folk looking forward to their great achievements in this, the newest of years. Yes, it’s an arbitrary point in time – just another day – but the dawn of a new year should make us feel inspired and motivated. It’s a new start! A chance to push on for greater and better things!
Not so this year for me. Instead I’m tired, a little grumpy, and weary of the trudge of daily life. I’ve got a case of the “can’t be bothereds” and I suspect I’m not the only one.
After all, despite the justifications for happiness above, there are just as many for misery – returning to work, losing all that free time, chastising yourself for taking a break. Take your pick.
But this post is not about being maudlin! No! This is about how to avoid these ridiculous feelings. And they are ridiculous, and I’m a stupid, stupid man! Because I know why I feel this way and I know the cure (actually, prevention is better than cure, isn’t it), but again I’ve not followed my own advice.
So, I will be detailing why I feel so glum in a moment, but know this – the solution follows. And I’m going to make damn sure I read this very post again before the year ends.
Woe, Woe, Woe Is Me!
So, below are the reasons I’ve been feeling all poopy:
- Out of my routine. Actually that’s out of every routine, so includes:
- Not getting up early every day. I genuinely tried to do this, but my neighbours New Years party kept me awake and screwed me up
- Not listening to inspiring writing podcasts
- Not reading inspiring writing blogs (erk! Sorry fellow bloggers!)
- No train time, due to not going to work
- And worst of all – no writing
- I still have hangups about last year. I’ve been disgruntled about my lack of achievements then, and in fact, over all the years since I made the decision to take writing “seriously”. I put the quotation marks in there because clearly I haven’t been taking it seriously enough.
Okay, now I feel depressed again. Quickly moving on…
The Answers I Already Knew
It is frustrating being me. I wish I took my own advice more. I should really be paying more attention.
The answers are scattered throughout this blog no doubt, but they come down to two simple things:
- Stay in my routine as much as possible.
- Do get up early every day
- Do listen to podcasts, even if it’s just while doing the housework or going on my morning run (which I should also still be doing by the way)
- Do spend the rest of that morning time writing
- Do keep reading blogs. There’s plenty of time in the evening when crappy TV is on
Take a long run up to the New Year.
I should start at the beginning of November I reckon. I started sorting out my Christmas shopping then and it worked out great! I should do that with everything else too.
This includes (and probably in this order):
- Reviewing the year so far. This will help me get over my hangups early, and is good preparation for the next step
- Plan the next year – what I want to achieve, and roughly when. Quick note – I should treat project completion goals as more important than word count – all those words count for nothing if they’re sitting in a drawer
These two sets of rules should make holidays less of an interruption, and get me set up to hit the New Year running, rather than trudging.
I’m starting to get my mojo back now. Writing this post has helped. But as I write I’m already in the second week of January. maybe I’m being too harsh on myself, but I’ve wasted enough time!
Over to you:
How was your holiday, if you took one? Were you able to relax? Did you comfortably step out, then back into your routine, or has it been painful? I’d love to know how you handle the New Year, so please comment below!