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Goal Post: Week 5

Well, despite being crazy-busy all week, I didn’t finish anything, but that’s mostly because of waiting for other people to get back to me before I can continue. I did come within only $40 of my weekly quota, which I don’t believe will be too hard to make up. The main thing is that I’m getting more billable work done in the allotted time, and if I can get through a week without any major schedule interruptions, I should get all of my work in just fine.

Goal Post: Week 3

I’m running behind this week, thanks to an entire day lost to trying to figure out a problem in WordPress and making no progress.

Why being too focused is a bad thing.

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If you’ve been reading the Twitter updates that get gathered up and posted here once a day, then you already know I’ve got a perfectly good excuse for not posting anything else last week–I was bogged down with a big web redesign project that the client needed done ASAP. I kept my head down in hyperfocus mode, coming up with mockup after mockup trying to capture what the clients wanted, and feeling frustrated and a bit depressed because everything I came up with was just passably adequate and completely uninspired. I was giving them everything they asked for, but nobody was happy with it.

Friday Rewind

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Oy. As much as I love how my free web site means my business has practically zero overhead (and as much as I love that cow), I’m starting to realize that if I want to be taken seriously as a web designer, I’m going to have to, y’know, design my own site. What a concept, I know. The good news is that I’ve got some inspiration for it (another cow!). The bad news is, who knows when I’ll have time to work on my own site, because I actually AM getting web design work (I just think I’d get more if people could see what I’m capable of at first glance instead of having to dig into my portfolio). But that’s also good news, because I’m in no great hurry to give up this whole all-profit thing I’ve got going.

Did I mention that this has been a trying day? Well, it has. It’s gotten better as the evening’s worn on, but I am so ready for the weekend. Not that it’s going to be very restful – I’ve got more inventory to add to my Etsy shop, and Husband has stuff he needs to sell (read: needs me to sell for him) on eBay. Plus there’s cleaning. Lots of cleaning, because my mother-in-law is coming over to hang out with us on Labor Day, and a friend is coming for dinner and a DVD the day after that. Which means I also need to get ahead on some of my web work and article writing. AND there’s editing to try to cram in there. I’m into the home stretch on the novel edits (as far as markups go, at least), and I think it’s a good sign that I’m enjoying reading it. Hopefully I’ll just have one more week of marking, and then I’ll get to the typing and actual re-writing. I think I’ve got a pretty good pace going for getting it done in time for NaNoWriMo.

I keep wanting to do a post about things I’ve learned from this round of editing, but that’s one of those thoughtful-type posts that I never have time to write. Especially now that I’ve given myself the goal of doing thoughtful-type industry posts over on my VA blog (more on that in the next goal-setting post).

Speaking of goals, to recap this week: I still need to finish cleaning my office. The storm door is on the back burner until we have a more steady source of income. I have the start of a pretty good idea about how to pay my business taxes, and I have a lot of notes that can be organized into a business and marketing plan, so that’s progress. And I already mentioned the editing. I don’t think I could have done more than I did this week, which is a pretty satisfying feeling.

How did you guys do? Are you satisfied with how your week went? Or do you need to scroll down and look at the kittehs to cheer yourselves up? Let me know! Meanwhile, I’m going to do my best to fit some actual rest into this crazy weekend.

Goals: I Got ‘Em

(Originally posted at Daydream Believer)

Before the rest of this year gets away from me, I’m taking August by the horns and setting some measurable goals for myself.

Goals can be tricky. I have to be careful not to go overboard with them, lest I become hopeless and give up on all of them, like New Year’s Resolutions. So I’ve decided to go easy on myself by dividing my life into three areas — personal, business, and writing — and tackle one weekly goal for each.

My personal goal for this week is pretty simple: get back into the habit of getting dressed for work. Mur Lafferty has helped to kickstart something of a revolution, inspiring freelancers and other work-at-home types to stop lazing about in our PJs all day and put on actual pants. I’ve been resistant–isn’t getting to work in your PJs supposed to be one of the great benefits of working at home, after all? But the fact is that getting dressed makes me feel more professional, which in turn makes me more productive. So I’m hopping on the pants-wagon and am going to aim to be fully dressed by 10AM every day. So far so good – I was dressed by 9 this morning, and I already feel more accomplished.

My business goal is a learning goal: to educate myself about wireframes and how they can help me as a web designer. My cursory research hasn’t convinced me that they’re anything to get excited about, but when a client recently asked if I can do them, I said that I could learn, and so that’s what I’m going to do.

My writing goal is a little harder to pin down. I have so many that it’s hard to pick one to focus on. I need to get back into the habit of writing fiction daily. I have two novel ideas that want outlining, and I have a first draft manuscript that needs editing. All of that is aside from continuing to edit and post This Old Haunt, which is also crying out for some kind of marketing effort (and which, incidentally, has a new episode as of this morning). I also have a novellette-length short story that I wrote earlier this year that needs some severe editing so I can send it out for consideration. That’s a lot to think about all at once.

Being forced to pick one, I think I’ll go with the first draft novel edits. My goal for this week is to get that to the beta readers (which would be you guys, if any of you have time for it), and while I await their feedback, to tackle the plot problems I already know about by applying Holly Lisle’s Index Card Plotting Method that was mentioned here last week.

Now that those are set, I’ll be checking in with progress reports throughout the week. If I don’t fully accomplish a goal this week, it will carry over to next, and so on until I can mark it accomplished and move on to a new goal. For today, number one is already accomplished. Time to get busy on the other two.

What about you guys? Got any weekly goals you’d like to track with me? Tell me about it, or link to your own blog post about same, in the comments.

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