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Changes: How do you know when to make them?


Changes are things everyone has strong feelings about – generally negative. People fear change, they detest it and they would like nothing more than to never have to deal with change in their life. As nice as it may be to think change will never be necessary, it’s highly impractical and more often than not, impossible.

I’m not talking about major, life-changing changes. Sure, you can make a huge decision that’ll impact your life. It could improve your life in the long run. In that aspect, change is a risk and it’s up to us to decide if it’s worth it. No one can make the decision for us. It’s up to us, after carefully weighing the pros and cons, to decide what we’ll do.

At the same time, smaller, lesser significant changes also exist.

More exercising? Maybe you’ll go from 30 to 45 minutes per day?

Professional wrestler Shannon Moore at the TNA...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Show that change who’s boss!

Fewer snacks/more fruit? Perhaps you’ll swap that cookie at lunch for an orange, or an apple?

More writing? 1,500 words instead of 1,000?

These changes are small and seem insignificant, and yet these are the changes that impact our lives the most. Small changes are the ones that stick around. If you move to another city or country, sure, it’s a big decision that will have an impact on your life, but at the same time, that huge impact is only temporary. Eventually you’ll settle into your new home and what will be left then?

The small changes that you work on every day.

In the end, what’s important is that you learn to make changes when they’re needed. Learn to put yourself first. An example is book one of The Hunted Trilogy. I’ve extended my self-set deadline from August 31st to September 30th. Why? It’s simple. In July, I wrote a lot less than I intended to. Now, I won’t claim that none of that was just sheer laziness – some of it was. However, I was also sick for a week which did not help the situation.

Regardless of the reason, that brings me to August. During August, I would have had to write as estimated 55,000 words to finish Werewolf’s Lair. Doable? Sure. However, I have other things that also need my attention. Exercise, family, friends, job hunting, and, not to forget, lots of reading and just general relaxing. The short version is that I didn’t want to overwork myself, so I gave myself an extra month.

This will split the workload and make me a lot happier throughout these two months, and not as drained when I finish.

Long story short, make your decision and base it on being productive, but also what’s best for you. In the end, you’re the one who dictates your life and only you know exactly what you can handle.

Base your decisions on that information.

What’s your opinion when it comes to changes? Do you have any experience with small or big changes you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

2 thoughts on “Changes: How do you know when to make them?

  1. When my deadlines are self-imposed, they have to be flexible. Sometimes, life doesn’t happen on schedule. But I’m the one who flows around change at our house. The rest of them freeze up and panic.

  2. In some regards, I love change! In others, it’s not the right kind of change, and that’s when it bothers me. Doing little things each day to improve your life are the awesome variety of change, especially adding those couple of extra words to your daily count. They add up fast. 😉


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