It’s been a great week for me. I’m trying out a new schedule. Finally broke down and made myself learn Google Calendar, yep, I’m slow at times but I have to say this is working out well. I set a difficult schedule and tracked myself to find out just how much time I actually use to write, handle home improvements, enjoy family time with the wife and kids and, of course, the dreaded day job and sleep.
Well, I found out and while the results were not quite what I wanted, I did set the schedule as a stress test so I count it as a success. I was able to get two dedicated blocks of time with my daughters, the bathroom is painted and the wife and I will put the final touches on it today and went to the day job, but then they don’t pay me if I don’t go.
On the writing side I was able to get a good view of exactly how I’m spending my time, the places where I can improve, and the places where I need to reduce my commitments.
One of the things I’ve learned from taking Bob Mayer’s Write It Forward class is the need for Standard Operating Procedures. How do we handle the general tasks that we do? What has priority? How do we protect our priorities from all the other things that want to intrude and steal away our time? Well we do all that by writing down our priorities, giving them precedence and being consistent in our commitment to accomplishing them.
An interesting post I read this week by Kait Nolan held a key that meshed well with this. The post was titled Efficiency 101: The Power of “No”. Even though it may be painful at times, none of us can do everything and without the power of “No” it is easy to overextend and frustrate ourselves. Our goodwill and eagerness can be detrimental to achieving our goals if not managed properly.
So I’ll be adjusting the schedule I set last week and continue to study it through the next several weeks, fine tuning it, downsizing some things that are beyond my ability to maintain and getting my efforts focused on the things that will move me towards my ultimate goals.
Here is how my ROW80 goals went this week.
- Added 4258 words to the WIP. I am currently focused on harvesting all the great information from the dozens of craft books I’ve read into my personal novel design system. It is going well at this point. In the end, this document will be my initial Standard Operating Procedure for developing and plotting novels. This is also allowing me to brush up on all the great concepts I’ve learned over the past year.
- I am on a 7 day streak on 750words (typing this on there right now) and am still in the August Challenge.
- I am now on page 184 of Nancy Kress’ Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint and should be finishing the book this afternoon. If you haven’t read this one yet, it is fantastic, read it.
- All good on the Treadmill. I just finished walk three for the week and am feeling great.
- No new posts queued this week but I did write a guest post that will be appearing later this week on Manon Eileen’s site. Stay tuned.
That’s it for this week. Hope all of you are doing well.