After the Frenetic Fortnight: #ROW80 R1; #12WeekYear 10 MW6

Hey there!

 

I know. It’s been a while since I’ve updated.

Life got pretty busy all at once – a former dogtending client booked twice-daily visits for her four dogs, two cats, one fish, and thirteen free-range chickens while she was on a cruise. At the same time, I landed my first two VA clients – one a regular proofreading assignment, and the other a one-time content research/curation project with room for other services in the future. I’ve done some pitching and negotiating – and a lot of working.

Oh, and, two days before my dogtending client returned home, a neighbor’s dog got loose and killed eight out of eleven of her hens, injuring another. It was carnage, and emotionally devastating to find them, not to mention telling her about the tragedy. That slowed me down for a few days… I still haven’t quite shaken it.

But life goes on for the living, and we’re about halfway through this round already – so here I am, with an update.

Pit Bull mix with some teeth showing, snuggled in bed.
Noli-snuggles after the Frenetic Fortnight! Photo credit: Lise Burton.

One question first, though – how have you been?

Overall Totals:

Completed: 33/52; 63%

In progress: 6/52; 12%

Still waiting: 13/52; 25%

 


Selftending:

Completed: 1/8; 12%

In progress: 4/8; 50%
Still waiting: 3/8; 38%

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

I read for information and/or pleasure daily.

  • I make time every morning for at least 10 minutes of reading.
  • I dedicate an additional 20 minutes to reading four times each week.
  • I dedicate an additional 30 minutes to reading three times each week.
  • I dedicate an additional hour to reading once each week.

I devote time every day to physical self-care.

  • I allow myself to rest and recuperate as needed after a very busy fortnight.
  • I cook at least two meals each week.
  • I take Noli for a walk every day, excepting my day off.

I nurture current social connections, build new ones, and make an investment in future social endeavors.

  • I meet a friend for coffee or lunch at least once monthly.
    • I schedule a meetup.

Hometending:

Completed: 6/9; 67%

In progress: 1/9; 11%
Still waiting: 2/9; 22%

I hometend for five hours every week.

I work 27 Thing cleaning cycles through the house for maintenance/smaller tasks (use a timer!).

  • I complete one graduated cycle.

I do 10-minute sprints on larger projects five times weekly.

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. Bedroom bookcase/workstation reset.
  • I choose a stretch project to advance if I complete primary project. Pantry reset.
  • I choose a tertiary project to advance if I complete secondary project. Living room window reset.
  • I complete each sprint.

I devote longer sessions as needed to focus projects/in-depth cleaning.

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. HEAP grant.
  • I choose a secondary project to advance if I complete primary project. Restocking firewood.
  • I choose a tertiary project to advance if I complete secondary project. Research on pellet stoves for next year.
  • I complete at least one 20-minute sprint.

Lifetending:

Completed: 4/7; 57%

Still waiting: 3/7; 43%

I lifetend five hours each week.

I focus on smaller tasks that can be batched (homeschool maintenance; administration; simple financial tasks; simple research) for 20-minute sprints,

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. Simple finances.
  • I choose a secondary project to advance if I complete primary project. Homeschool administration.
  • I complete six sprints.

I fit in mid-sized projects (in depth research; outings; administration; budgeting; homeschool reporting) for 30-minute sprints.

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. Financial goals mini-course.
  • I choose a stretch project to advance if I complete primary project. Budgeting.
  • I complete four sprints.

I spend one hour on a more in-depth project.

  • I move through Overcoming Underearning reading/exercises.

Professional Development:

Completed: 10/12; 83%
In progress: 1/12; 9%

Still waiting: 1/12; 8%

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

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).

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. Complete current assignment for Flo.
  • I choose a stretch project to advance if I complete primary project. I work on my Big Four website pages.
  • I choose a tertiary project to advance if I complete secondary project. I check in at VA Leads group.
  • I complete each sprint.

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).

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. Finish up with Flo!
  • I choose a stretch project to advance if I complete primary project. I do pitch research.
  • I choose a tertiary project to advance if I complete stretch project. I pitch.
  • I complete each sprint.

I devote two 3-hour strategic blocks (6 hours) each week to coursework or website development projects (coursework; larger website development; business planning).

  • I choose a project to address each week. I open my business accounts.
  • I choose a stretch project to address if I complete the primary project. I pitch two new leads and do three soft pitches on social media.
  • I chose a tertiary project to address if I complete the secondary project. I work on my Hire Me video (get tips from Lauren).
  • I complete each week’s strategic blocks.
I got a card from a fan fiction follower – yes, this IS my first official fan mail! =)

Writing:

Completed: 6/8; 75%

Still waiting: 2/8; 25%

I spend nine hours weekly on writing activities.

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).

  • I choose a primary project for weekly focus. Highlighting “End of Shift” for research/revision.
  • I choose a stretch project to advance if I complete primary project. Comments for research/revision pass.
  • I choose a tertiary project to advance if I complete secondary project. Complete research for next pass.
  • I complete each sprint.

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).

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. Complete revision pass on “End of Shift.”
  • I choose a stretch project to advance if I complete primary project. Complete polish pass on “End of Shift” and submit.
  • I choose a tertiary project to advance if I complete stretch project. Select stories for Freshly Seasoned collection and reread all.
  • I complete each sprint.

Learning:

Completed: 6/8; 75%

Still waiting: 2/8; 25%

I spend five hours weekly advancing my learning priorities.

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).

  • I choose a single project for weekly focus. Completing Module Eight.
  • I choose a stretch project to advance if I complete primary project. Completing add-on mini-module.
  • I choose a tertiary project to advance if I complete secondary project. Completing Module Nine.
  • I complete each sprint.

I devote three one-hour blocks each week to focused coursework.

  • I choose a project to address each week. Anything remaining from the above list.
  • I choose a stretch project to address if I complete the primary project. Create a list for applying what I’ve learned/going through waiting action steps.
  • I chose a tertiary project to address if I complete the secondary project. Begin moving through the list above.
  • I complete each week’s strategic blocks.

 

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