This past week I developed my schedule for completing my revisions in a reasonable and timely manner so my manuscript is ready to send to the publisher in May. One chapter a week and at least two chapters a week during vacation weeks. Instead of thinking I have nearly fifteen chapters to revise before May 1st I've changed the way I set my goals. Meeting a one chapter goal less defeating than thinking about needing fifteen chapters.
Posting my daily goals on the blog has helped also. A goal not written down is only a dream. As I log in each day to see how I did in accomplishing my goals - sometimes I beat myself up a little for not "meeting my goal" while at other times I am able to rejoice and see how much I accomplished. I strive to meet my writing goals yet I'm learning sometimes crossing something off my list isn't worth missing the opportunity to make memories with the people I love the most. A healthy balance is needed...and feasible!
I think this can apply to many aspects of our life. I know I battle with acheiving and then maintaing a healthy weight. I usually start by saying I need to lose "x" number of pounds instead of saying, I need to lose at least one to two pounds a week to be healthier. Since this philosophy is helping with my writing - I'm going to apply it to my weightloss goals.
How could you apply setting smaller daily goals to your life?
Do you think it would help you make it through the day with more joy?
Yesterday's Writing Accomplishment: Chapter 6 Revisions are complete!! Chapter 7 revisions were started.
Today's Writing Goal: Work on Chapter 7 revisions, blog and respond to the comments and posts received yesterday. I love to hear from you! Keep them coming!
Tomorrow's Writing Goal: Possibly finish chapter seven revisions and then spend time writing my article for the March "Ride for Missing Children" bulletin so it is to the editor early.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323