ROW80 check-in #29

My first normally scheduled week in weeks. What a relief. The first real test of my new plan, hard stuff first. I started the week diving into edits and the notes from my lovely beta reader and I sprinkled in several things that I usually push till the end of the week. Did I feel more on top of my list? Did I feel less stress?

Typical things happened this week. I started out strong, the week got away from me at the 3/4 point, and I struggled in the end. Apparently, pacing is not just for your prose. For week 7, I’m going to work on hard stuff first and forward movement all week long.

Motivation Jars (14-goals in all & $7.50 is up for grabs each week): 13-goals had real good progress or they’re in line for progress. Wardrobe Jar gets $6.96 (total so far: $40.71) and NOT my political party of choice jar gets $0.54 (total so far: $4.29)

The Goals – week-6 results

  • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters– done
  • Pick a title for Voyage Novu #1 & #2- a couple ideas are brewing, but I’m not going to rush it.
  • Write 3,000 words each week or 33,000 for the round- last week I was short by 1,295 words and this week I was short by 843 words. Better, but still a miss.
  • Spend time editing at least 3 times each week- I spent 6-days editing this week.
  • Send Voyage Novu #1 to 2nd beta- Goal complete.
  • Finish Editing Voyage Novu #1- I got through a giant chunk of my beta’s notes this week. Next week I hope to finish those notes and start another read through.
  • Voyage Novu#1 Query/Synopsis: finish, polish, get 2nd opinions, finalize AND send out 1st round- got some new inspiration this week and made more progress on the query.
  • Finish first draft of Voyage Novu#2 and begin to edit- I’ve been saying all along: at 3k per week this goal should beginning in Mid-August. Mid-August is almost here. Shazbot! I still have about 6800 words to go.
  • Finish reading current craft book and start another- a whole chapter and then some, I’m so close to done I can feel it.
  • Workout a minimum of 200-minutes a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep and my calorie limit- done. 🙂
  • Study one of the Nia 52-moves each week- Downward Block: start in the ready position. Bring one fist and forearm across, down, and out, blocking the area in front of your groin. Return to read position and repeat. The non-blocking arm remains in the ready position to maintain vertical alignment.
  • Finish the Sanjana bars and start the Opal bars (i.e. studying the song/movement structure)- I added the movement notations to the bars I documented last week and made my mirror notes. One more song and I’ll be in the cool down cycle!! I also did a couple of practice teaches on the first 6-songs this week. Each week I’m getting more comfortable.
  • Finish needed continuing education, enter all credits on PMI site and save my PMP certification for another 3-years- I have two books to read under the self-directed learning category to finish my PDUs and I’m almost done with the the first.
  • Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities- one parent meeting, a small deposit, wrote a couple of checks and created/sent one invoice. Easy peasy, done.

I’m hoping we all have a nice smooth week, daily progress full of writing and loads of fun.

6 thoughts on “ROW80 check-in #29

  1. Wow, so many goals but you sound like you’re staying on track. Nice work 🙂 I totally understand where you’re coming from with the strong start and struggling finish. At the start of each week I feel invincible and think I’ll get everything done, and by the end I’m exhausted and looking at the small amount I *actually* got done and wondering where the time went. I may have missed this in an earlier post, but what’s the idea behind the Motivation Jars? Sounds like an interesting concept.

    • Yes, I have my hands in way too many pots, I must do something about that 🙂
      The motivation jars help to give that little extra push, because I could you something new and I certainly don’t want to help the other team, lol. Each week I tally the forward movement on my goals and divide up $7.50 between my two jars. It’s just a little trick on the mind, but sometimes that can make all the difference.

  2. Every time I read about your progress, I feel like a loser. Um…thanks?
    Seriously, that is still an impressive list and it’s amazing how much you manage to accomplish. I think my biggest problem is I’ve been stuck in Intangible Land, where I’ve had to spend a lot of time reading, researching, and taking notes. Now that I’ve gotten that mostly behind me, and can finally focus on results I can measure, maybe I won’t feel like such a slacker when I look at your check-ins. 😉

  3. “Apparently, pacing is not just for your prose” << LOL so true!
    13 out of 14 = WIN! Super great!
    I think I always say this but your list is huge and you still manage to kick some serious butt. That's not small feat! Pat yourself on the back 😉
    Have a great week!

  4. All in all, I call this a WIN! You have made a lot of progress this round, S.J. I know it nearly kills you to stick money in that other jar (nasty, horrible political party you hate), but your done goals are kicking that other jar’s glass derriere. Keep at it! Best wishes for forward movement all week long!

    (And I did my hardest goal first today. Thought of you.)

    • Ha! Cant believe that nasty, horrible political party is going to get even a penny out of me 🙂
      Good for you! Evil day job got too far in the way today. I’m starting over tomorrow and yes, the hardest will be first. Thanks for the reminder.

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