NaNoWriMo for me this year is much different than the last time I did it in 2012. Not only have I changed my ‘rules’ for this year but I’m also taking this month as an opportunity to train myself into being a writer worthy of the career I hope to have one day. To do that, I’ve made myself a list of my priorities, not just for this month but for the foreseeable future.

  1. My Marriage – My #1 priority is always my marriage. I’m lucky that we don’t tend to have many issues or disagreements but I definitely do have to work hard to not take what we have for granted. My husband is my biggest fan and supporter and comfort in this world and he deserves more time and effort than anything else in my life.
  2. My Mental Health – Like so many I struggle with my mental health. I have bouts of depression, compulsive tendencies, and severe anxiety. But those are things I can work through, push through. They cannot control my life and I have to take care of myself if I’m going to reach my goals.
  3. My Writing Career – This is a big focus for me, especially in the month of November. I’m working to better my writing ability, upkeep this blog, grow a platform, and dedicate myself to making this far off dream a reality.
  4. My Social Life – My friends understand how important my marriage and my writing are to me. They also understand the mental health struggles I have and help push me to overcome them and live my life. I’ll admit, likely because friends fall as my #3 priority, I don’t have many, but the ones I do have are the most kind, caring, inspiring people I know.
  5. My Retail Career – While I wait for my writing career to take off, I’m working in a department store and I absolutely love it. I love customer service and I love visual merchandising. This job pays the bills and, though I don’t enjoy it as much as writing, offers me the opportunity for advancement with the company.

All of my priorities are somewhat reliant on each other. Striving to build a writing career helps with my mental health, keeping my mental health in check makes my marriage more successful, my friends encourage me stick to all my other priorities, and my retail career funds my ability to prioritize the others.

For me, setting these priorities and writing them down in my writing journal has really helped me focus on what’s important. It’s helped me see that if I want to have all the things I dream of, I have to push myself and limit my extra curriculars.

What are your top priorities and how do you remind yourself of them daily?

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