My writing journal for Saturday, October 11, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
It’s Saturday, so it’s a short writing day for me. I have a couple of coaching calls this evening.
I start with the mystery novel, which is still flowing right along. Only 1,400 words today, because I plotted out a few more scenes, so that I could build the sleuth’s arc.
Next, work on the two nonfiction books, which went well, with another 1,300 words.
Then Honey’s breakfast. I need to hide her monthly worming tablet in her breakfast. She’s fussy, and won’t take tablets; I need to mix them in her food and hope they dissolve so she doesn’t see them.
Lots of email this morning; the backlog is building up. I’ll need to deal with some of it late this afternoon, if I get back in time.
An interesting message from a coaching client asked about goal-setting. I tend to have a “whatever works” attitude. If you’re achieving your goals, you’re doing it right, so don’t mess with a process that works.
If you’re not working happily towards your goals, here’s what works for me, and for my students.
From goals to plans
Here’s my basic method:
Intention => Goal => Plan
Your intention is vital — what do you WANT? Why do you want it? One of the many reasons I journal daily (obviously this journal is highly expurgated :-)) is that it helps me to set goals that I really want to achieve, and which have real meaning. For most of us, it’s a real challenge to cut through the noise in our heads, and discover meaning in our lives.
Your goals grow from your intentions, and your plans grow from your goals. As someone said, all plans are useless, but planning is essential. Without a plan, you just stand still. A plan gets you moving.
Initially, your plan is fuzzy. It will come into focus, as long as you take the first step. Sometimes, all you can see is the first step. Take it, with confidence, and the next step will become obvious. Take another step, and you’ll see another few steps to take. You’re moving, headed towards your goal, and that’s all that counts.
Your comfort zone
Try to take ONE small step outside your comfort zone every day. It doesn’t matter in what area you choose. My latest steps outside my comfort zone are into art. I love art. I watch artists’ videos on YouTube. I can get completely lost in images. But it’s my firm belief that I can’t make art. So, I’ve decided to step way outside my comfort zone, and do a small sketch each day for a week.
Ghostwriting the company history book
The client reviewed the first draft of the company history book. I also sent a scope of additional material I thought would be effective. We’ve reached an agreement for the additional material, so it’s full steam ahead on that.
I slotted it into my schedule; then it’s time to leave to run errands.
I’m back. I catch up on some emails, and review my clients’ blogs.
Blogs are like rabbits. They multiply. I always seem to take on more than I should, because I get excited about a new project’s potential. A couple of my blogging commissions will end soon. If the clients want to commission me again, I’ll subcontract the work. I need to cut down, to focus more on coaching, my own fiction, and my own blogs and websites.
I’ll do more blogging tomorrow; Sunday is my big “blog planning” day.
With my daily review done, it’s time to prepare for my coaching calls.
After that, I’ll catch up on my reading.