I don’t know if I can call the last Round of Words in 80 Days an unqualified disaster, but that’s what it feels like. Regardless, it’s a new round and I’ve got a new set of goals. Look to the future, or so they say. Whoever “they” are.
I’m breaking my goals down into three rough areas: work, play, and health. I say these areas are “rough” because I’ve never completely bought distinctions like these. What’s work? Is it only what you’re do when you sit at your desk, or does fixing the front steps count? I enjoy reading but I also read because I believe it makes you a better writer, so is that play or are we back to work again?
It’s existential crises like these that keep me up at night. Well that and caffeine.
- I will spend three hours each day working on freelance writing. This includes research for articles, finding new places to submit to, polishing my resume, etc.–anything which directly contributes to writing an article and getting paid for it.
- I will spend one hour each day working on this site. This includes writing post, doing research for posts, and social networking. If it keeps this blog “fresh” and encourages people to read it, it counts.
- I will spend one hour a day doing whatever the hell I feel like doing. I can work, I can read, I can dance like a little ballerina–whatever the hell I want to do. It’s a free hour, to myself, for myself and I can use it however I wish.
- I will spend two hours a day reading books. Digital or print, I don’t care so long as I’m not reading on my computer screen. My Kindle is fine, my monitor and desk is not.
- I will spend one hour a day doing something to improve my physical health. Exercise, cooking a new and nutritious recipe, going for a walk–again, so long as it directly contributes to the end result of improved physical health, it fits.
Overly Long and Probably Convoluted Explanation
I’m at a point in my life where I need to work toward certain results. Seeing an income from my writing and getting in shape are the two areas where I’d most like to see progress. These goals will help with that.
On the income front, non-fiction/freelance work is what’s earning me money right now. Not a lot, but it’s a start, so that’s what I’m focused on. I’m not putting my fiction projects on hold, but I’m not willing to put them ahead of what’s going to put dollars in my bank account in the short term.
Also, each of my goals is expressed in terms of hours and not words written or some other metric. Again, that’s my freelancing work’s fault. A 1,000-word article might require three hours of research and an hour of writing/revision. The only way to properly track that effort is by looking at the clock.
With the goals above, I’m setting aside eight hours every day–each one with a specific purpose.
We’ll see how it goes.