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Weekly Plan Follow-up: February 2-6, 2015

I wish I could say that sharing my weekly plan was super motivational and helped me kick this week in the hinder; but alas, I really struggled to accomplish anything this week.

I blame the Super Bowl. Well, not the actual game, but the social event and the cleaning and preparations leading up to it, which kept me from really having any time to properly rest and recharge my batteries. When I don’t do this on the weekend, I end up running down midway through the week and becoming virtually useless. Such is what happened this week.

So how’d I do as far as meeting my goals? Not great. Let’s take a closer look:

Writing/Publishing/Author Platform

  • 2500 words on GHOST OF A CHANCE (500 words per day)

I managed to write about 1790 words total — 1112 on Tuesday and another 679 on Wednesday. Monday I used up all my words on prepping blog posts for the week, and by yesterday I was starting to fall behind on my freelancing projects and had to skip it. Same for today, although I’m hoping to fit in a brief writing session before I shut down this evening.

  • Write and schedule at least 3 blog posts (this one counts!)
  • Finish the “First 10K Readers” video series (more on this in a later post)
  • Implement mailing list advice from the training video

These are about the only goals I actually met this week.

I haven’t even managed to start this book yet.

 

Freelancing

  • 2 ghost blog posts and 4 Facebook page updates for steady client

I needed clarification on what the client wanted for these posts, and while I was waiting for them to get back to me my book editing and formatting queue filled up and I had to move on. So this still needs to get done.

  • 2 editing gigs via Fiverr

I delegated these to Matt.

  • 1 book formatting gig via Fiverr

This one turned out to be a lot more work than I’d anticipated. I’m hoping to get it done by tonight–if I don’t, I’ll have to work tomorrow, which I’m really trying to avoid so as not to perpetuate the whole busy weekend, useless work week cycle.

  • Add graphic design and author platform services to this here website

This is going to involve moving my portfolio over and writing a bunch of new copy, so it’s proving difficult to fit in.

  • Update Fiverr profile info to include Matt

Done!

 

Home/Health/Other

  • Stretch daily
  • 20 minutes of maintenance cleaning daily
  • Dust & vacuum the living room
  • Finish the finance book I’m reading
  • Block and finish my crochet bunting
  • Meal plan based on what’s on hand/make Sprouts/Aldi lists
  • Make a pot of goulash w/ thawed ground turkey before it goes bad

Ha ha ha! Nope. None of these. I think I stretched on Monday, or possibly Tuesday? But it didn’t happen again after that. I did manage pretty well to maintain the house, but not in any kind of organized fashion. I’ve barely had time to read and haven’t had the energy to touch my bunting, and our kitchen sink is currently having plumbing issues that makes cooking problematic, so we’re relegated to what we can either eat cold or pop in the microwave so as not to dirty too many dishes.

So… not the most productive week ever, or even in recent history. I think I may have overscheduled myself–I have a terrible tendency to overestimate how much I can do in a certain amount of time, and underestimate how long it will take me to finish things–which is something I need to keep working on, but I think the main problem, as stated at the top of the post, is that I just need to get some proper rest so I’ll be more focused.

My bullet journal, so far
My bullet journal, so far

One thing I did, though — I forgot to share the “if I have time” items I’d listed, one of of which was, “look into bullet journaling.” I managed to fit that in Monday evening, and by Tuesday morning, I’d thrown out the planning method I shared on Monday (or at least, set it aside for the time being) to try this method. So far I’m liking it, and I think it’s an improvement over the other method. I’ll go into more detail about it next Monday, but if you’d like a sneak preview of what I’m talking about, check out these links:

Bullet Journal

The Post To (Maybe?) End All Bullet Journal Posts

So did you take up my challenge? How did you do? Were you more or less productive than I managed to be this week? Tell us about it in the comments!

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