So things have been continuing to go well. I didn’t have a lot on my plate this week so I was able to focus on my goals. My schedule next week is a little bit busier, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep the forward momentum going. Here’s where I stand with the individual goals.
1. 4,375 words a week, 625 words a day in my WIP: Last week I realized I had some serious planning I needed to do for Part One of my WIP, planning I didn’t want to do. I dragged my feet most of the week on doing it, but I did eventually get almost all of it hashed out, so with a little more work I should be in a good place to get back to actual writing. I did hit 6,665 words for the week writing out all the planning that I did, but I really want to get back to my word count being directly in my first draft. I’m also going to drop the daily count from my goal because while I’d like to write every day, I’m really more concerned with the weekly total at this point.
2. One non-ROW80 blog post and one check-in post a week: Yes! First non-ROW80 blog post in four months (it actually felt like longer than that, although I guess on the internet it might as well be four years), and this check-in. Now let’s see if I can keep it up, which might be tough since I’m not sure what I want to write about next…
3. Read three chapters in a novel or three short stories a week: Started reading a novel, read a short story. Now that I’ve seen exactly how much time I have to read and how long it takes me to actually read something during that time, I’ve realized I need to revise this goal, so I’m changing it slightly to: Read one chapter in a novel and one short story a week. We’ll see if that’s more doable.
4. Read a writing-related magazine or chapter in a writing craft book a week: Kinda. Finished the writing magazine I was reading last week and started a new one, although together I don’t think they equal one whole issue.
1. Track calories five days a week: Four days, so almost there.
2. 150 minutes of cardio a week: Met my mini-goal of 50 minutes, or 10 minutes a day/five days. Going to try upping that to 20 minutes a day/5 days. That’ll be a test of stamina as well as scheduling.
3. Stretching three times a week: Twice. Much, much better than the none I’d been doing.
4. Go to bed at a “reasonable” time every night (aiming for midnight): Eh. This is still my biggest challenge. Did have one night I went to bed at 11:45, which was also the night I had a schedule and set little alarms for myself. It worked, but I must not have liked that, because I didn’t do it again. The rest of the week I had three nights at 12:45, which is almost acceptable, one at 1:30, one at 1:45, and one at 2:00. Definitely slipping towards the end there, so I need to get back on track. That 11:45 proves I can do it, I just need to make it happen again.
So overall, doing really well, better than I thought I’d be doing at this point. I know there will be some stumbles along the way, but I feel good knowing then when I do, I’ll have this to look back on to show myself that maybe I’m not perfect, but I can do a hell of a lot if I put my mind to it.