Thursday, January 9, 2020


Happy New Year, my friends! 😊 I will confess I began what is now this blog post as a reminder to myself. Sure, I can comment to my family and friends that I plan to_______ (fill in the blank---exercise more, drink more water instead of cokes, be more organized, etc.etc.) in the new year. And they will smile politely, likely thinking they’ve heard me say those exact words before. Every January.😉

This year, instead of simply commenting about my plans, or even making a list that gets tucked away in a random notebook, I decided to not only write my plans, but write them and post the list where I can’t miss seeing them. For me, that would be on my desk next to my computer. Yes, I know this is common-sense, but if you’re like me, sometimes we need those common-sense reminders. 😉

I recently thought about reasons I haven’t been getting more writing done on a daily basis, and the glaring, obvious truth couldn’t be ignored. Facebook and emails. Sure, I love reading my friends’ posts on Facebook, and who doesn’t love receiving a newsy email from a friend, but I’ve gotten into the (bad) habit of checking those first, after my Bible time and as soon as I start my computer each morning. Before I realize, the clock is showing it’s almost noon, and I’m still scrolling through Facebook posts (“Just one more, and then I’ll log out and open my WIP”). Truthfully, I do like to check for prayer requests, and consider it an honor to pray for my friends, but with so many photos, funny memes, etc. on Facebook, it’s too easy to get distracted. *Sigh*

If you are a naturally disciplined person, I applaud you. But for those of us who easily get sidetracked, we might need a visual reminder. So I’ve got a sheet of bright yellow paper, a permanent marker that’s a bold shade of pink, and I’m ready to list my plans. The goal is for these to become daily habits, keeping me on track so I can be more productive with my writing—and my days in general. Because when I’m productive, that gives me a happy feeling, which in turn makes for a better overall day. 😊

Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40

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Patti Jo Moore is a retired kindergarten teacher and lifelong Georgia girl. She loves Jesus, her family, cats, and coffee, and is blessed to be published with Forget-Me-Not Romances. When she’s not spending time with her family (including her sweet grandbaby) or writing her “Sweet, Southern Stories” Patti Jo can be found feeding cats—her own six and local strays.

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  1. Good heavens, Patti Jo, you just stepped inside my head, house, day...good tips here. I like the idea of posting your goals next to the computer and the steps to building habits. Thank you, Blessings.

    1. Oh, I'm so happy I'm not the only one, LOL!
      I know everyone has their own preferences, but for me personally, having those goals posted in a "can't miss them" spot, really helps. :)

      Thank you so much for commenting!
      Blessings, Patti Jo

  2. Hi Patti Jo. Great reminder. I don't make resolutions but I do make goals and its always good to keep those in mind. I also list dreams for the year, give them to God and don't look at them again until next year. I am always amazed by how many of them God brings to fruition. Happy 2020, my friend.

    1. Hi Cindy, I love how you list your dreams, give them to God, and don't look at them until the following year - - WOW!! That's a wonderful idea.

      I'm praying 2020 is a happy, productive year for you, sweet friend. You deserve many blessings!

      Hugs, Patti Jo

  3. My husband and I have a running joke about how I can sometimes become easily distracted. I don't think I am distracted. I just have a lot to think about. hahaha! :-)

  4. Patti Jo, I love this verse.
    Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40 My word for 2020 is purpose and I love how this verse not only tells us to do our work decently but to do it in the correct order.

    Happy 2020 and congratulations on Sadie's Dream!

  5. Patti Jo, what a great Scripture for prioritizing our activities! You are so right about how time disappears while checking social media! I’m TRYING to just check after lunch. Like you, I like to know about prayer requests. During my treadmill exercises, I read blog posts. That’s working! Maybe I’ll even have more workout time. Thanks for your encouragement to work on those habits. Blessings to you, my friend!

  6. Ooohhh, Melissa, I love that! I may have to borrow that - - I'm not distracted, I just have a lot to think about. :)

    Thanks so much for commenting, and Happy New Year!!
    Blessings, Patti Jo

  7. Hi Patti Jo! Sometimes, the simplest things are the best way to do it. I found a daytimer at Michael's of all places, that's called "Take On Each Day With Intention". It doesn't have a lot of the usual bells and whistles but it forces me to list 5 things to do each day, my mood, and one thing I was grateful for that day. I'm loving it! There's also a page to list my one year plan/goals and a five year plan/goals. It really made me do some thinking. For me, simple is best for the long haul. Even reminders to myself to drink more water - there's Siri for that, lol.

  8. Patti Jo, your posts are always spot on. I desperately need to accomplish more in 2020 than I did in 2019.

  9. Patti Jo, I'm way late reading this as you posted it a while back, but I loved your post about productivity. I'm a big believer in lists, and I'm trying to get more organized this year. Thanks for sharing some of the little things you're doing differently this year.


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