Hi everyone! This last week was a long one for me, filled with work and family duties and now the cold that has been going through my family has caught up to me. However, all that said, this was not a bad week. Yes, a couple things had to be set aside this week because of the schedule but the planning and prioritization that I’ve worked to put in place, paid off in the end.
I’m still reading Danse Macabre (fascinating read and I’m learning a great deal) so instead of a book review I’ll let you in on couple secrets that got me through this week.
1) I know everyone in ROW has a rough stage from time to time – things just don’t go as planned – sudden demands on our time arise or unforeseen events intrude. If we struggle or run we are likely to end up capsized or overwhelmed, however, if we accept that what is going on requires our attention we will be able to focus on it and get back to the things that are important to us more rapidly.
2) Priorities minimize losses. I attach a priority to most of my activities: some of these are sacrosanct, such as, family, the day job that pays the bills and writing. Below these sacrosanct things are Needs, Wants and Desires. When a ripple rocks our boat the things that are sacrosanct are the things we make sure don’t fall off. When pressure needs to be relieved to keep the boat from tipping over – it is the desires and wants that go first. This week, I had to take a blog break and my exercise goal bit the dust for the most part – but, the writing held steady.
3) Realize that what you let go can’t always be returned or made up. Actually, trying to recover that which we sacrificed has a way of weighting us down at the exact time when we need to be stabilizing our world. Once the ripple is past simply moving back into your original flow is the best way to go.
Hope that make sense – if not, chalk it up to my being medicated and have a lovely day *grin*
So, here is how my week went.
-Write 7k of fiction. Yes, made this one, although just barely most days. Really have to thank my wife on this one – she helped protect my writing time and her help made all the difference. Nothing has moved with WWBC this week – one of the things that got sacrificed although I have been scribbling down notes and working out the logline during spare moments.
-30 minutes of treadmill 5 times a week. Yeah, I got in two. Once this cold passes I’ll be back on it but I think this goal may be taking a radical shift heading into Round 2.
-Read 4 books by April 30 (listed on 3-11 update). I’m about two-thirds of the way through Danse Macabre. Always love reading King, he has an interesting way of both informing and instructing at the same time. Hopefully, this one will be ready for a review when we return in a few weeks for ROW Round 2.
-Sponsor duties. I visited almost 30 of you last week, although I think that will be a bit lower today due to the nature of this cold. Round One is drawing to a close in a few days and this will be my last update until Round Two – but before I go I wanted you all to know how fantastic I think each of you is and how proud I am to share this journey with you. May the muse guide your pens and the sun ever shine upon your gloried paths. Hope to see you all back for Round 2, starting on April 2.