#ROW80  Midweek Eight Check-in: ROC and ROW  Stuck on the Rocks…

Hey there, ROW80 friends!

Way back on Week Three, I realized something was wrong and I wasn’t making the progress I wanted to make. I said I’d check back in a week or two and adjust if things weren’t working the way I wanted them to.

And then… I vanished.

I’m not sure why. There were things that changed my routine – a coworking group, dogsitting for a dear friend, travel, my late husband’s birthday, a major power outage and a burst pipe after a deep freeze.

But these weren’t really the reason.

I’m thinking now that I had too many goals, too quickly, in too many directions, with not enough structure to execute them.

So I’m going back to basics. Five goals. I’ll keep them pretty simple for this week. And I’ll be adjusting for the quarter and the year this week, too.

I’ll also be paying attention to my inner resistance, because I know it’s there, and it’s slamming on the brakes of progress, so that I’m getting in my own way. And knowing why I’m doing that is always useful…

So here are the five simple goals – and a renewed commitment to show up whether things are going well – or going otherwise.

Week Eight Goals:

Completed goals:         0%
In progress goals:        0%
Still waiting goals:    100%

  1. Schedule my next #8sentencesunday excerpt for 3/5/23 and share in linky list.
  2. Share and post in Sacred Biz Rebels and Spirit Sanctorium.
  3. Follow up with August, Mike, and Megan (potential clients) as needed.
  4. Finish Lesson 15 of How to Revise Your Novel.
  5. Follow my social media posting schedule for the week.
  6. Adapt my Q1 goals; set March goals.
Working on finding the beauty in shadows…

If you’re wondering how these weekly goals fit into my larger goals, here are those lists. Bolded items are in progress or completed.

February 2023 Goals:

  1. Publish light shines; shadow falls on KDP.
  2. Begin marketing light shines; shadow falls.
  3. Continue sharing excerpts on #8sentencesunday until the story or round is finished.
  4. Adapt earning goals for February if necessary. Yes, $1,071.50.
  5. Meet earning goals for February.
  6. Adapt booking goals for February: 4 spaces for minis; 3 for Basic (or > $500/month VA clients); 2 for Deep Dive (or $500-$999 VA clients); or a combo of these.
  7. Meet booking goals for February.
  8. Finish Lesson 15 and Lesson 16 of How to Revise Your Novel.
  9. Begin Lesson 17 of How to Revise Your Novel.
  10. Publicize and add biweekly content to my newsletter and site blog.
  11. Build out a content posting schedule through February and March.
  12. Follow through on the posting schedule for February.
Life has felt too much like this lately…

Q1 Goals: I’ll update these at the end of each month.

  1. Format and publish light shines; shadow falls.
  2. Share excerpts on #8sentencesunday until finished or end of quarter.
  3. Meet earning goals for Q1.
  4. Meet booking goals for Q1.
  5. Complete Lessons 15-16 of How to Revise Your Novel.
  6. Launch and publicize newsletter; publish biweekly content.
  7. Create a basic marketing/content plan for the year.

Writing/Business Goals for 2023: I’ll update these at the end of each quarter.

  1. Publish and market light shines; shadow falls.
  2. Earn 3x what I did last year (a little over 30k).
  3. Market and fully book QtQ programs.
  4. Finish How to Revise Your Novel.
  5. Engage/connect/interact with clients, potential clients, and readers.

And that’s all I have for now.

How are your goals going? Do you have a favorite project? Is there a specific win you’re celebrating, or a challenge you’d like cheering on for? I’d love to cheer you on or cheer you up!

ROW80/ROC80 is a writing/creativity challenge. You set your own creativity goal or goals and work on them for 80 days. If they aren’t a good fit for you, you’re free to change them. Check-ins with the community on Wednesdays and Sundays, so we can cheer you on or help you pick yourself up.

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  1. Ooh… Love your mini-blurb about the ROW80, Shan.

    And… I totally get the inner resistance. Especially when life gets complicated. If you haven’t had the chance to stop and start processing, sometimes momentum will carry you a ways along your path.. but as soon as you take a moment to recalibrate (or rest!), it becomes too easy to just stop.

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