ROW80 5/8 Check-In
For those that don’t know, I took this past week off from goals. My “get up and go” had gone on strike due to me prioritizing productivity over everything and denying myself unscheduled fun. So, for the past week I denied myself productivity in favor of fun. And, boy, did I need it! The “get up and go” strike is over. I’m itching and excited to be productive once more.
This past week: I tried to run a timed mile, but my timer got f—ed up, so I said screw it after 1 try. I finished watching COFFEE PRINCE with Basement Troll. By myself, I watched the movie TOKYO GORE POLICE and 10 of 12 episodes of the anime ANOTHER (I do plan to finish off the series- it creepy good). With my husband I watched THE MECHANIC and with the kids I watched WE BOUGHT A ZOO. I broke the plastic wrapping on FABLE 3 and started playing it (once for 6 hours straight). Since I had been putting it off, I finally redyed my hair and even did it in two tones. Also, took walks for reasons that did not include exercise. After 10 days of having a non-functioning car, we got a new to us one. One with four doors! (Which is very important to a family of four who have had a two door car for 6-7 years… Yeah, we did car seats in that thing. *shudder*) And for anyone keeping track, I still can’t crawl (bruises still on my right knee), but my right hand was finally good enough to do dishes on Sunday.
Changes to writer time: So, last week, I mentioned there’s a lack of balance to my writing life. I’ve been totally focused on creating. I steal fun time from myself to do blog posts. I don’t edit. I leave drafts sitting there reaching beyond 0 Kelvin… Okay not possible, scientifically, but totally possible figuratively. I haven’t had time for the business side of writing. And, quite frankly, this has to stop.
New Prospective on Words Written a Week
I want to keep this round’s goal (7.5k/week) and my 2013 resolution (9k/week), however I need to look at them differently. Right now, I’m “I have to have those many words every week.” However, I can’t be writing each of my writer days of the week. So, I’m changing that to “If I wrote all writer days this week, that’s how many words I’d have.” Because, should I ever run out of stuff to edit that’s what I’ll be doing, writing.
I had planned on switching up my writer schedule once the kids got off school (for obvious reasons) to 1-2 writing days, with the rest editing days. But editing needs to be more than a seasonal thing. Since, school is almost over, I’m just going to do one editing day a week for now (turning it up as planned in 4 check-ins).
Taking Time From the Right Places
As I stated, for blog posts I have been taking time from my fun and I haven’t taken any time for the business side. This is a vow that I will take time our of my writing or editing (only) to take care of these things and I will do them.
This break taught me the magic that time off is. I’m going to set benchmarks (like 20k in a manuscript) that earn me time off (2-3 days) for the kind of fun I’ve had this week. I’m hoping this will stop burn out all together.
This week’s plan: I’m going to take today and possibly tomorrow to sort through some things and get other things in place so all these changes can happen. That leaves me 3-4 writer days this week. Remember, 1 day is for edits. That means 2-3 writing days with a goal of 1,400 words/day, which to be safe I’ll put as 2,800 on the Tracking Awesome meter that hangs out on the right column of this blog. (Note: If I wrote all 5 days that’s 7,000 for the week.) Otherwise, there’s no big changes. I’ll be resuming all goals as of today.
Do you have a personal rewards system you’d like to share?
How do you balance the things that go beyond writing?
If you took a week off, like I did, what would you do?