A Time for Tiers? #ROW80 R2EoW8 Update


Hey there!

It’s been a hard week in the United States, and around the world. I continue to do all I can to live peacefully and continue learning.

In my own life, Wednesday brought seeds of new insight into my goals, in the form of two rush virtual assistant assignments and a response to a pitch I made earlier in the week. (You can find more info on my VA work right here, if you’re interested, or add a comment below).

My top priority is to give each of my clients value-added service, assuring they’re more than satisfied with the work we do together. This inevitably means that something or somethings else on my list will be set aside if surprise assignments come in. I’ve often felt guilty about this…

But this week, it occurred to me that what I need is a two-tiered plan. So, beginning with Week 9, I will list Tier 1 (the essential-even-if-I-have-a-full-work-docket things) and Tier 2 (the things I address on lighter weeks).


This will be a sanity saver, for sure!

How do you adapt if life brings you happy surprises that limit your ability to address your goals?


Bare feet and a tattooed leg in the grass.
After mowing my front lawn, I stopped to smell the lilacs.


Completed: 7/39; 36%
In progress: 14/39; 44%

Still waiting: 12/39; 20%




I live my life in harmony with my finances.


Completed: 2/4; 50%
In progress: 2/4; 50% 

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I develop an intentional relationship with money.

  • I read one chapter of Overcoming Underearning and do exercises each week upon completing the Financial Goalsetting mini-course.
  • I complete the Financial goalsetting mini-course and listen to the Smart Money Mamas podcast once each week.
    • I assign lessons for this week. Complete Module Two; lesson one and listen to lesson two.
    • I schedule the lessons and podcast for this week.
    • I follow through on the assigned material.
  • I check bank and credit union account balances daily.
    • I follow through with the check-ins.



Home is sanctuary, and the cradle of creativity.

Completed: 2/10; 20%
In progress: 6/10; 60%

Still waiting: 2/10; 20%


Year 11/Round Two Goal:

We improve our home within our budgetary framework.

  • I/we devote time each month to improvement/repair projects.
  • I share my list of small hometending projects with Miah and Lise and ask for their input.
  • I add to the list as/if new ideas occur.
  • I talk with Miah about working together on 1- 3 specific projects from the list.
    • Remove hallway light cover for washing.
    • Washing exterior windows – my room and living room.
    • Cobweb eradication.
  • I/we follow through as circumstances permit.
  • I devote an hour each to inside and outside maintenance/organization each week.
    • I schedule blocks of time each week when I will address these projects.
    • I choose a primary and secondary activity in each area. Outside: Yard maintenance/wood and brush piles. Inside: food storage overhaul; entertainment area reset.
      • I follow through on devoting the time (segmenting accepted), focusing first on primary goal, then secondary if it is completed/I need a break.
  • I complete 3:33 cleaning sprints in each of three rooms; five days each week.
    • I choose my days and rooms.
      • I schedule blocks of time each week when this can be a focus.
      • I follow through on the cycle in each room.




Our finances are secure.

Completed: 4/8; 50%
In progress: 2/8; 25%
Still waiting: 2/8; 25%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I nurture a proactive family financial approach.


  • I invite Miah and Lise to learn along with me as we create our financial plan together.
    • I check bank and credit union balances each day.
    • I track expenses.
    • We brainstorm and list our essential items and expenses.
    • We add our “wants” in a tiered fashion, from most important to most expendable.
    • We use this information to create a budget we can all live with.
  • We set a financial plan at the end of the month for the month ahead.
    • We discuss individual and family financial intentions/goals.
    • We use these insights to inform our budgetary decisions on an ongoing basis.
  • I gather information on life insurance, trusts, and wills and share with Miah and Lise as they wish.
    • I share any new developments with both offspring as desired during our monthly financial planning.


Professional Development:



I am rewarded richly for my work. 

Completed: 4/10; 40%
In progress: 4/10; 40%

Still waiting: 2/10; 20%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I create a business plan.

  • I research small and virtual assisting business plans and draft my own.
    • I create a schedule for addressing my professional priorities.
    • I conduct my business plan research.
      • I watch all related videos.
      • I complete both plan templates.
      • I complete both rate calculators.
  • I spend an hour each week on administrative matters such as site development, accounting, and file organization.
    • I schedule each week’s session or sprints.
    • I list activities to address in each segment, by priority.
    • I follow through on each session or sprint, moving through my priority list.
  • I tend to my current clients and develop new clients as desired to meet my business plan.
    • I give priority to my existing clients, meeting their needs each week.
    • I invoice/time track current clients as needed, in accordance with our agreements.
    • I prospect for new clients weekly, pitching as indicated.
    • I follow up with two past clients or prospects each week.
    • I cold-pitch one new client this Year.


I flow smoothly through the drafting and revision processes.

Completed: 2/7; 29%
In progress: 3/7; 42%

Still waiting: 2/7; 29%

Year 11/Round Two Goal:

I address monthly writing and revision targets.

  • I focus on revision and beta-reading during and after April CampNaNoWriMo.
    • I devote three hours to HTRYN  to maintain momentum.
    • I devote five hours to my beta-reading of Stained Blood.
  • I write 100-word exploratory children’s stories for Story-A-Day May.
    • I write drabbles for May 24-30 as exploration for the concept and potential story starts.
      • May 24.
      • May 25.
      • May 26.
      • May 27.
      • May 28.
      • May 29.
      • May 30.
  • I write 50,000 words of potential blog content for JuNoWriMo.
    • I write intros for my two assigned pep talks.
    • I note typos for Becca.
    • I add the pep talks to MailChimp and schedule the newsletters.
    • I add the pep talks to WordPress and schedule the posts.


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Till Next Time -Be Kind, Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Well!



  1. It continues to amaze me how organized you are, how concise. Me? I’m still all over the place!
    I have changed my mantra for others from “be safe, be healthy” to “be safe, be sane”. Let’s just all stop being crazy, settle down and take it a day at a time.
    Have a great, calm week.

    • My brain has been all over the place this crazy week, Chris. Very little of what I intended to do got done.


      I attended an online workshop that shifted my business thinking on so many levels.

      I have a new client I’ll be onboarding with tomorrow.

      A recurring client and dear friend has a juicy new role for me.

      And I’ve read a lot of news and social media.

      Safe and sane seem like excellent things to include in a mantra!

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