#1 Simplify . . . OBJECTIVES.
This last round, I've been confronted by long "to do" lists related to my writing projects. The more I've tried to identify what to do next, the longer the list becomes -- writing, research, marketing, and working on craft. I do make progress in all categories in some looping, intuitive way, but sometimes I feel scattered and easily distracted from what I want to achieve.
So, to move forward, if I can be disciplined enough to SIMPLIFY my OBJECTIVES, they will be clearer. I won't get lost in details. My weekly goals, what I need to do to reach those objectives, will be clearer.
#2 Clarify . . . MEASURABLE GOALS.
My next step is to be quite clear about exactly what I need to do and how I will measure progress.
In other words, saying I will complete revisions on my current wip is a very big and measurable goal. Either I'm done with revision or revision continues. But what I found in Round 2 is that my sense of what needs revision keeps changing. For me, a more measurable goal would be: Work 2 hours a day on revising my wip to complete all revisions by June 30.
#3 Prioritize . . . EACH WEEK
I have appreciated the welcoming and non-judgmental tone that ROW80 sets. For sure, I can be very critical of my work and of my progress. This is the writing group that recognizes real life can get in the way of the writing -- and yet reminds us we are accountable week by week for reaching those goals we have set.
As I read what others have achieved (and what they are wrestling with as writers), I sometimes smile and sometimes feel sad. But I'm always inspired. Keeping that commitment to myself to report each week means re-assessing, thinking about what worked last week and what didn't, what got done -- and what didn't.
It's OK to be flexible . . . IF I remember the 'big picture'
#4 Visualize . . . THE FUTURE.
I'm learning that ROW80 is good for my writing because it keeps me accountable day by day and week by week, BUT I'm also learning that my weekly goals shift around the moment, keeping me rather stuck in the present.
That takes me right back those OBJECTIVES. What do I really want to accomplish long term as a writer? I know it so well that it could be tattooed on my forehead. And you do too.
What have you learned from this second round of ROW80?
What would you add to my list -- or take away?
May you find rest and balance in these few days off and come back refreshed for Round 3.
|Giraffes wild and free,|
on the Serengheti Plain, Tanzania (Camp 2012)