#ROW80 Round One/ #12WeekYear 10 Goals and Tactics


Hey there!

Here we are, at the beginning of a brand-new Round of Words, a new year, a new 12 Week Year, and a new decade! My #oneword for 2020 is “Dare!” When it comes to taking chances where the worst thing I can hear is “no,” I’m going to take that chance!

 

This new approach coincides with my launching my virtual assistant business on January 1. I’m still working through the final third of the course, but I’m still going to do a pitch each weekday for January, and two a day for February, unless I have a full roster of clients to keep me busy ten to fifteen hours a week.

I’ve shifted my approach to goals this round. I’ve struggled for years with a reach that exceeded my grasp by a significant margin. Each week, I’d slide a bit further behind, with a cumulative effect of being debilitating.

This round, I’ve set time goals broken down incrementally for each category. If I need to make changes, it will be a simple matter to accomplish. If I don’t meet the time goal one week, it won’t set me behind at the beginning of the next week.

This feels saner and more attainable.

 

I’ll be sharing this week’s action steps at Wednesday’s check-in, as well as my progress to that point. For now, things in red are still waiting, those in green are in progress, and any in blue are completed.

Do you set a #oneword for each new year?

If so, are you willing to share it?

Selftending:

I prioritize self-nurturance, physical activity, and social connection.

Tactics:

  1. I read for information and/or pleasure daily.
  2. I devote a minimum of 30 minutes every weekday, and 90 minutes over the weekend to physical self-care.
  3. I nurture current social connections, build new ones, and make an investment in future social endeavors.

Hometending:

I hometend for one hour four weekdays every week and three hours every weekend.

Tactics:

  1. I work 27 Thing cleaning cycles through the house for maintenance/smaller tasks (use a timer!).
  2. I do 10 minute sprints on larger projects five times weekly.
  3. I devote longer sessions as needed to focus projects/in-depth cleaning.

 

Lifetending:

I lifetend one hour four workdays each week and three hours each weekend.


Tactics:

  1.  I do six 20-minute work sprints each week, focusing on smaller tasks that can be batched (homeschool maintenance; administration; simple financial tasks; simple research)
  2. I do four 30-minute sprints each week on more intensive, mid-sized projects (in depth research; outings; administration; budgeting; homeschool reporting)
  3. I devote one 3-hour strategic block each weekend to large-scale projects (financial learning; car stuff; homeschool reporting).

Professional Development:

I spend ten hours weekly developing my VA and writing businesses.

  1. I do six 20-minute work sprints (2 hours) each week, focusing on smaller tasks that can be batched (simple action steps; VA Leads check-ins; email, small-scale website stuff).
  2. I do four 30-minute sprints (2 hours) each week on more intensive, mid-sized projects (larger action steps; in depth site development; pitching; informational interviews; content creation).
  3. I devote two 3-hour strategic blocks (6 hours) each week to coursework or website development projects (coursework until complete; then larger website development; then business planning).

Writing:

I spend fifteen hours weekly on writing activities.

  1. I do fifteen 20-minute work sprints (5 hours) each week, focusing on smaller tasks that can be batched (flash fiction; adding words to novels; fan fiction).
  2. I do eight 30-minute sprints (4 hours) each week on more intensive, mid-sized projects (flash fiction/short story revision; character development; outlining; project development).
  3. I devote two 3-hour strategic blocks (6 hours) each week to in-depth projects (revision course; Master Class; website/blog content).

Learning:

I spend five hours weekly advancing my learning priorities.

  1. I do six 20-minute work sprints (2 hours) each week, focusing on smaller tasks that can be batched (reading lessons; setting schedules; action steps; research).
  2. I do two 30-minute sprints (1 hour) each week on more intensive, mid-sized projects (deeper research; larger action steps; videos; experimentation).
  3. I devote two one-hour block each week to focused coursework.

 

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Till Next Time!

 

7 comments

  1. Setting up time limits seems to make sense to me. It means you have still done your time, even on those struggling days, and you don’t have the added frustration of trying to fight that frustration to move forward. When things are going great, you may want to “keep going” but it may hep to leave something to look forward to in your next sprint/project/etc.

    • Thanks, Fallon! It’s a lot less complicated than my last several rounds. And, just by picking what I’m working on, I get a big chunk turned blue in several categories – which I find so motivating, it’s really encouraging me to dive into the sprints!

  2. Good luck in all your endeavors, Shan! How better to dare than by launching a new business? I hope things go smoothly for you.

  3. Wow, some ambitious goals–and I have no doubt you’ll achieve them! Congrats on starting your VA business. I’m not at the point of needing one right now, but when I am, I’ll keep you in mind – good luck!

    • I think the time goals are going to work a lot better for me. Looking good so far!

      I’d love to be able to help you when you’re ready! It’s always cool to help people I know make their dreams real! =)

      Thanks for the vote of confidence and the well-wishes, Jennette!

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