Continuing with the elephant eating theme (see this post for explanation), I have written down my plans for the remainder of the first quarter of 2021. After feeling so bad for the five years I decided I could self-treat my hypothyroidism, and then everything that happened last year (The Unluckiest Girl on the Planet?), I’ve set what I feel are seven reasonable goals.
Rocky didn’t make it to the top of the stairs the first time he tried. And while I have some pretty lofty goals when it comes to my writing, I first need to firmly reestablish my writing routine. And I think I’m going to give myself through the end of March to set that sucker in stone.
The very non-specific list I’ve pinned to the corkboard that’s right in my face when I’m sitting at my desk covers a lot of ground…
Very professional, isn’t it? 🙂
It also keeps me focused on how much time I really have in a day. I can’t write for half the day, then hope to have time to do editing, outlining for future books, character creation, and dealing with social media. Not if I want a life outside the office anyway. So, working from this, I’ll figure out my schedule for the last three quarters of 2021. And as you can see from the sixth item on the list, I intend to be working a lot more than the four hours I’ve allotted myself right now, so the Pomodoro Technique is going to be more important than ever.
That’s not just to get me moving, but because it wakes me up and helps me to focus. Plus, I agree with the experts who think that moving for five minutes every half hour (for most waking hours) is actually healthier than walking for an hour every day. But like everything else on the goal list, I’m going to work up to the twice an hour thing. I am, after all, the genius who thought she cracked a rib after working out so hard in the pool – because it didn’t feel like working out. Nope. It felt like fun. And so, I pulled some muscles. Badly.
Anyway, I’m so enthused about getting back into it, I might even start up my Five for Fitness Facebook group again, if anyone is interested in joining me.
I’m also enthused about the new series. I’ve already finished the first drafts – mostly – for two books. However, having deleted some scenes in each one, and changing the timing, the second one needs some changing so I can release it as a Christmas in July story (but it will still be set in the winter)
I’ve also finished the prequel. I need to go over it one more time … and then I’ll be giving it away for free to newsletter subscribers. I just need to finish setting up the new newsletter, and then I’ll have a link for it here on my website.
I’m training a personal assistant, and she will be setting up a Pinterest page for the series for me. Once that’s done, I’ll share the link here so you can all check it out, and meet the stars of each story.
But… I’ve rambled long enough. It’s time to get some more work done tonight. Hope you’re as excited about the new leaf I’m turning over in 2021 as I am. If things go as planned, I should have eight new books out by the end of the year!
And speaking of books, did you know that most of them are finally available in paperbacks? And seven of the Coach’s Boys series are available as audio books? At least I think it’s seven. By the way, the link above ^^^ is an affiliate link. Learn more about that by clicking here.
Now I’ll leave you with what I adopted as my theme song the first time I heard it. If you’ve read many of my posts, you’ve heard it before. 🙂