Well, I’d love to say that I accomplished more towards my goals this week than last, but not the case. The college part of my week was hectic to the point where the five day week for my Business class stretched into seven–one quiz still to go. Next week is just as buried.
I am not discouraged. It was expected that the first couple of weeks would be rough while I smoothed my system. For example, I’ll now be moving a writing block to the front end of the day, before homework, email, or anything else, just to be sure I get the time in.
1) Write 500 new words of fiction a day, or the equivalent (3500 words) during the course of the week. Word Count: 1512. While not the count I was looking for, this is an improvement over last week. I’ll be shifting writing times around and squeezing them in the gaps between other events. Keeping the goal for week three while applying creative solutions to time organization.
2) Meet all college deadlines with my best work. All assignments are in, upcoming work is on track, but I’ll have to keep my focus here for a couple more weeks. As the short semester winds towards finals, the pace is accelerating to feverish pitch. Keeping goal for week three.
3) Spend 15-30 minutes a day, up to 3 hours a week, writing or editing blog posts. Ship (publish) when ready. No hesitations. This did not happen. However, I did spend a chunk of time yesterday refining the plan I had in hand and building a topic list–applying what I learned in Kristen Lamb’s Blogging for Brand class (highly recommended). I’ll be establishing a couple of dedicated blog writing times this week to get this goal moving forward. Adjusted Goal: Spend 30 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, writing or editing blog posts. Publish if ready.
4) Pick one stalled project (I have a few) and get it ready to ship. Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours outlining and organizing for a stalled personal project, “Project 1.” Progress was good and I’m hoping to get another block of time carved out for it today. I have a task list in hand which should help keep my work times focused. Adjusted Goal: Spend 4 hours this week moving “Project 1” towards implementation.
Overall, this week was better than last. Continuous improvement is the long-term goal after all.
How was your week? Having to adjust goals or cruising along? I’d love to chat with you.