Though this is another cover reveal, I’m going to talk about something different today. You don’t have to be a writer to struggle with depression, anxiety, nagging doubts, mental exhaustion, or other mental difficulties. But writers can certainly feel these issues seeping into their work. I have, in the past few weeks. I’ve had a bout of depression recently that my meds just aren’t cutting into. I didn’t even want to make any posts today.
So what do you do when this happens?
Me, I looked at my goals for the month.
Towards the end of last year, I received a dot journal. I held it in my hands and wondered what the hell do I do with a dot journal. I looked online for examples and saw that everyone’s dot journals were flowery artistic things. I was overwhelmed. I don’t have time to draw – period – let alone draw arabesques and fancy fonts.
So here’s my dot journal. It’s just some lists. That’s all you need. Just get a dot journal or some notebook and list your goals for the month. Don’t put anything else in that journal/notebook – make it special, even if it’s not pretty. I use this journal purely to track my writing, nothing else, but you can put more sections in.
When we have depression, anxiety, and other unseen demons, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything we have to do. Breaking that everything down into bite-sized chunks embodied by only a few words lets you map out a path. If you get stressed out or can’t figure out what to do, or if there’s just too much to do, take a look at your goals. I make a calendar list too, so I know what exactly I need to do on what days. And they’re small things, like post a cover reveal or email a book to an editor. Doable.
Nothing felt doable today. But since I had already worked out my goals and calendar, I was able to look over them and see what needs to be done, and pull myself up out of that rut. I did my calendar thingy for today, so I think I’ll see if I can work towards one of those goals and write a page or two of Carbon.
Do you write out your goals, or think it would be helpful?