5 Ways to Stop Slacking on Your New Year’s Resolutions


It’s already fall. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?

Writing your novel or sticking to your writing goals can be tough to maintain throughout the year. But you still have over three months left. It’s not time to give up!

So pull out your New Year’s resolutions that you wrote down many months ago and put these strategies to work so that December 31 is a day of celebration and not regret.


As soon as you wake up or arrive at your desk, jot down 3 actions that are important for you to accomplish today. Do you notice a pattern? Has your writing slipped as a priority? Make one of your daily priorities about your writing, even if you’re forcing it on your Top 3 list, until it’s your pattern to write everyday.

Question Your Motivations

After you write down your top 3 priorities for the day, ask yourself these questions.

  • How do my plans connect to my purpose?
  • What’s the one thing I’m excited about today?
  • What are 3 things that will make me successful today?

Clean for 5 Minutes

It’s easy to avoid writing with the my-writing-workspace-is-too-messy excuse. So clean it! Spend 5 minutes everyday filing away papers, throwing away trash, and dusting your desk. You’ll actually want to write when your desk is reorganized and clear of clutter.

Make Breakfast Count

Put yourself in focus of you and what you want. By choosing to start your day with a healthy meal, you’ll have the motivation to write those five pages or research literary agents.

Commit to Less

Taking on a big goal is daunting. Even a simple goal of writing 750 words can be intimidating on some days. So make an even smaller commitment. Commit to sitting at your writing workspace, or going to a café or any other public place. Once you’re sitting there, you’re bound to turn on your laptop, pull out a sheet of paper, and begin writing.

Want more tips? Here are more ways to achieve your New Year’s resolution.


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