The eleven days or so between the end of Round 1 for ROW80 and today, the start of Round 2, have been oddly quiet on my end. I had plans to work on some scenes in the WIP and get that out of the way, but...well I didn't. Instead I used that time to re-evaluate and think about my goals and priorities both in the long term and short term. This was necessary given what life has on tap for me the next 6 weeks or so. Between my day job, papers due, finals on the way, book club and life in general, my plate will be fuller than I want it to be. So with that in mind, I have decided that for this round simplicity is key. Because of this, my goals will be substantially different than previous rounds. As I tick items off my to-do list and May 9th gets closer (which is the day my last paper and final for the semester are due!), I will hopefully have more time to devote to my WIPs but, until then, here are my goals:
(1) Write a minimum of three times per week, for 1 hour. This is a small writing goal, and hopefully I can add more time to this as the round progresses. But I know that I can't realistically promise myself more time than this without becoming frustrated and stomping around all snarly and grumpy. My hope is that I can participate in the word sprints via twitter for some of this time since that really keeps me motivated and on-track when I do.
(2) Research/work on drafts for the papers I have to write (for my classes) 2 days a week for a minimum of 3 hours on each of those days. After May 9th this won't be an issue anymore, but I need to have this as a goal so that I can stay accountable with it. I have a bad habit of waiting til the last minute and then running around like a maniac trying to get things done. I am determined to NOT have that happen this time. With this schedule, I should be able to have both papers done in 3 weeks. Hopefully....
(3) Walk a minimum of three days a week. I really love my walking time--I can just let my mind wander and not think of the work sitting on my desk or the laundry I have to do and whatnot. If I can get in more than 3 days, I will, but at least a minimum will get my butt moving.
I am not adding any social media or blogging goals at this time because I know that I will likely not meet whatever I might set for myself. I will just keep up with what I've been doing best I can and adjust as my schedule allows. I am also not adding a reading goal since, other than books I have to read for class, I doubt I will be getting much done. Though I really really really want to read book 1 of the Hunger Games and hope to find time to do that sooner rather than later!
And with that, I am off to decide on a research question for paper number 1 which is on To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Here is hoping some inspiration hits me! Good luck to everyone this Round and see you at check-ins!