A note from our president, Michelle Welsh

March 2013

I can't believe it's March already. So many things to do, deadlines to meet, and parties to plan--February has flown past me in a flurry of activity.

Every morning I turn on my laptop and type-type-type, hoping I’ll get at least one item on the to do list checked off. Seems like I’m running in circles most days.

I need a schedule.

I need to turn off email while I work.

I need a plan.

So.

Today, I started a business plan.

I’m setting up daily goals, expense charts, and tracking charts for words written, the costs involved in my job (since I stopped working to pursue this creative endeavor), and hours worked.

It seems simple. Make a plan, get it done, go to sleep, get up and do it all over again. Right?

Wrong.

I’m discovering a boat-load of other issues.

Household chores, since I’m home all day, and interactions with family members who don’t always realize they’re interrupting my work.

The need for social interaction plays a part, too. I should probably make a schedule for checking email instead of letting it pop up randomly and distract me. Attention Deficit Disorder, carry me away....

And then there’s promotion, a major issue I’d like to avoid but can’t. Why? I don’t know how. I’ve never been good at tooting my own horn, so to speak. Now I find myself wanting to sell, sell, sell, but shying away. I need to learn how to get out there in the media. Learning how to promote and actually following through with it will be a goal for me this year.

Do you have a plan?

Have you set goals for yourself?

Think about it and we’ll discuss it at the next meeting.

Which, by the way, is NT’s 30th Anniversary. See you there!

 

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