Course Laid In: R1Y6 1 MW6 Update

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Hey there!

At the last update, I decided to change my approach, because I was clearly trying to do far more than I could possibly accomplish in a week.

So, this week, rather than an insane 60+ action plan steps, I have only 18 – 3 per goal.

Yes, I did combine a few things into single goals, but even with that, it’s a far more manageable list. It gives me back a sense that I can actually complete it – or at least get a lot closer to completing it.

After all, I didn’t set my goals and action plans not to complete them!

It’s also a lot easier to adapt this plan to changing circumstances – like  The Ongoing Plumbing Saga of 2019….

I already feel a new ease developing.

Have you ever made a significant course correction in midstream?
If so, how did it turn out?

A magical day on the Oregon coast, February 23, 2015.

18 targets total

Completed: 3/18; 17%
In Progress: 11/18; 61%
Still Waiting: 4/18; 22 %



I tend to the needs of my body, mind, and soul by creating, maintaining, assessing, and adapting action plans for each.

Completed: 0/3; 0%
In Progress: 2/3; 67%
Still Waiting: 1/3; 33%


  • I resume weight training, and swim 250 meters this week.


  • I complete the One -Minute meditation twice, listen to the 2-minute meditative poem, She Let Go, and explore the (very appropriate) Balance quote, mandala, and essay from Paths to Wholeness.*

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  • I visit with Miah’s friends and their families, attend my weekly writing group, and interact with at least 5 online groups this week (1/5).



I oversee home repairs, maintenance, and improvements; develop a sustainable hometending routine; and continue learning to address my deeper clutter issues.

Completed: 0/3; 0%
In Progress: 2/3; 67%
Still Waiting: 1/3; 33%


  • I oversee plumbing remediation, clean furnace filter, schedule ceiling fan and light fixture cleaning, buy and replace washer hose with assistance from Jeremiah.


  • We complete all daily master hometending list items and review every other day items.

A Year to Clear What Is Holding You Back:

  • I complete Lessons 18-20, share Lessons 14-17 in class discussion, and visit three other posters for each lesson shared.

To DO Today


I organize my life and implement changes that allow me to effectively use my time and energy.

Completed: 0/3; 0%
In Progress: 3/3; 100%
Still Waiting: 0/3; 0%


  • I set my calendar for this busy month; reduce email inbox from 229 to 111 messages and maintain below 123 messages; deal with all items currently in Actionable file (thanks to Shannon Kauderer for the idea!); and collect early material for Lise’s second quarter homeschool report.


  • I conduct weekly financial session with kids; direct deposit check; tally all regular and recurring expenses; and track spending.


  • I complete Lead/Lag indicators for all goals and targets; check in at Slack 6 times; ROW80 and my Accountability Partner twice; and conduct my Week 6 WAM with ReGi.



I plan, plot, draft, revise, and submit writing for market and for passion.

Completed: 1/3; 33%
In Progress: 1/3; 33%
Still Waiting: 1/3; 34%

 Marketable Writing:

  • I reread all existing planning/plotting material for The Last House, a Kifo Island prequel novel-in-progress.

Fan Fiction:

  • I add 333 words to my Enterprise fan fiction side stories “A Beagle’s Bedside Manner”, “Love and Loss”, and “Parted From Me”; and 666 words to “Arachnid Nebula.”
  • I add 2,222 words to Unpromised (an Enterprise fan fiction novel WIP); rough revise and post one chapter to



I continue to learn, build a platform, and network as a foundation for eventual sales, and to offer content of value to my readers.

Completed: 1/3; 33%
In Progress: 1/3; 33%
Still Waiting: 1/3; 34%

Website/Blog/Social Media:

  • I complete Pixels to Platform Module Four and create an editorial calendar for 2019.
  • I schedule and honor a strategic block of three hours to begin batching this month’s Try It Tuesday posts and the belated Month One recap.


  • I draft, revise, and send my inaugural newsletter/related post, and share to ROW80 and Pixels to Platform groups as scheduled.

Claw Hand


I focus on active learning that builds my professional writing and revision skills.

Completed: 1/3; 33%
In Progress: 2/3; 67%
Still Waiting: 0/3; 0%

  • I complete DIY-MFA 101 Play Sheets 5.1.4. and 5.1.5, watch Video 2, and skim/simmer play sheets for that video; draft/post/share 3 DIY-MFA Book Club prompts.
  • I complete Lesson 6 of How to Revise Your Novel for On Any Given Tuesday, pages 17-21 (end of scene).
  • I skim intro materials for Neil Gaiman’s storytelling Master Class.


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    • I do. It didn’t quite work out to a huge win in the completed department, but I started everything, and completed/ in progress were an even split.

      Since I started the week with double the teens, had a day trip, and we’re still getting the run-around from the plumber – I’d say this had been a very good week!

    • It was an acceptable inaugural week. I’m going to stick with the plan – I got a lot more underway than I have over the last few weeks, so it seems worth it.

  1. I’m glad to hear that you were able to sort things into a more manageable goal list. I get overwhelmed if my list gets too long so I totally understand the need to prioritize.

    You said, “After all, I didn’t set my goals and action plans not to complete them!” I absolutely agree with this mindset. Success builds momentum for me. Seeing a list of things I haven’t gotten to yet and don’t know when I’ll be able to get to is stressful and a little paralyzing.

    • Just what you said. I start feeling very guilty about those things I haven’t started yet.

      This way, I got everything at least started. That feels like real progress!

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