I hated not checking in with my peeps and seeing how y’all did for the week.
I hated being busy as all get out.
WHY was I so busy?
Because there were 2-3 important things that HAD to be done before I started the week.
Plus I sent my honey golfing for his birthday on Sunday so I had Baby Girl.
PLUS, if you remember my “K” post from a week or so ago, you’ll know that my plate is overflowing from too many commitments and the #AtoZchallenge is kicking my a$$.
I thought about quitting (pretty much every day between “D” and “L”), which told me there was a lesson to be learned so I dug in.
What do I think the A-to-Z Challenge is supposed to teach me?
- To plan out my posts in advance
- How to organize my thoughts more quickly and cohesively
- How to keep my blogs shorter (last year, I average 1,000 words – this year I’m going for a 600-700 word average)
- That I can organize my time better
- To write EVERY day
What have I learned?
- I need to prioritize my time better. I’m trying to pare my list of commitments down, but I’m in the middle of a lot of changes and it’s hard to figure out which to tackle first.
- I don’t like to post every day. I think 4-5 times a week is the sweet spot for me, but I had to know for sure.
- I like to take at least one day off each week. No writing and no outside commitments, and LOTS of sleep.
- I can still get by on 5 hours of sleep a night. But I don’t like it at all. It makes me cranky and frantic, and I think it gives me heartburn. Seriously.
How’s my ROW80 Progress?
Quite frankly, it’s a bit sketchy. Here’s my Round 2 goals with an accounting below each one (in pink to cheer me up):
Jenny’s Round 2 Goals
- Write 1 hour a day on my WIP, no matter what – that’s 7 hours a week. Report the number of pages completed at each Sunday check-in.
Not only did I fall off the wagon with this, I’ve only written 4 pages on my memoir all week! Though to be fair, Monday’s porn post made me get out my fiction and give it a peek. I wrote 2 pages on that too.
- Walk 10 miles per week.
If I walked more than 3 miles this week, I’d be shocked.
- Lose 10 pounds by the end of the round. Since taking off weight feels like chiseling a cement block these days, this is a very lofty goal, but it’s time. Hopefully the gluten-free eating will continue to help.
I’m still losing about a pound a week and I’m happy with that. I’m definitely not as puffy and I can “feel” my food now – instead of being sluggish and starving all the time, I’m more alert (like I’m actually getting nutrients).
- Get Baby Girl into pre-school by the end of May and work to make sure the transition is successful (and try not to cry over it).
We’re full speed ahead to start pre-school by the week before Memorial Day.
- Teach my first online course before the end of May. Teach 3 by the end of this round.
I’m rocking this one. I’ve been working on course outlines and PowerPoints, and incorporating and I expect to have taught at least 3 classes by the end of the round.
- Read Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat! and James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structureby the end of the round.
I bought them and they’re sitting on my counter. I haven’t touched them though. 🙂
- Encourage my fellow ROW80 peeps every Sunday – minimum of five.
This was the big bummer for me last week. I turned my computer off until the evening and just plowed through my “have-to’s.” I’ll be better at it this next week.
The wins were that I met 90% of my deadlines.
The downer is that some of my most important personal goals went sliding down the drain. I really, really want to get caught up before I go to Dallas so I can just enjoy myself.
Click here if you’d like to encourage your ROW80 teammates as well!
Do you have trouble prioritizing? What are your top three non-negotiable items that you do FIRST? What comes last? What are your biggest “wins” or “losses” this week? Enquiring minds love to know these things here at More Cowbell!