Monday, April 25, 2011

Goals For the Week - 4/25/11

I swear, I don't FEEL like I'm that busy. But when it comes time to put one of these posts together, I look back at my week and realize I was running around so much that I never actually got anything done. I hate that.

Goals for the week of 4/18

*Finish Snowflake Outline

*Share outline to get feedback on it now. I don't want to get super far in the process to realize I have a broken/boring plot

I totally overestimated the amount of time I would have to work this usual. Tuesday I worked all night at Job 2, Wednesday I worked all night at Open House, Friday I was exhausted after my first week back at work, Saturday I worked all day and hung out with BIL and SIL the second I got home, and Sunday was Easter time with the family. I got a lot of work done on my outline, but I didn't finish it / get it to a sharing point like I wanted to. 

But I did read a book!

I know in my heart that if I want to make progress on my writing that I need to start cutting back on social obligations. But it's so hard because spending time with the people I love is super important to me. I can't say no to BIL and SIL who just got married. I can't NOT hang out with my parents and grandparents on Easter. I'm thinking of this coming week...I have friends from my writing group coming in from out of town for the LA Times Festival of Books and I have my BFF's wedding shower. Obviously I'm going to do those things. And it's not that every thing that I do is on the level of BFF's wedding shower and out of town friends, but every thing I commit to is still important to me in its own way. 

How do you decide what to do and what to say no to? Am I just too social for my own good? I honestly feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day for me to do all of the things I need and want to do, and it makes me so sad. 

It also makes me sad that it seems like every goal recap is just a list of excuses for me not making my goals. It makes me feel like such a failure.

Goals for the week of 4/25

*Finish the outline!

Like I said, my coming weekend is pretty much shot. It's all for GOOD stuff, but I won't really have any free time to write. I also have to do a lot of shopping for the shower (luckily I'm not hosting whole week would be blown), and we have state testing at work, so things there will just be weird. So keeping all that in mind, I really just want to finish my snowflake. I hope I can do it...I'm going to put a lot of emphasis on this goal so I can go to the next level with this new WIP.

Good luck to all of you with your goals this week. And wish me luck learning how to prioritize! 


  1. Good luck, Jess! :) It can be so hard to find time to write, absolutely, and when it comes to the people we love, how can we say no? I haven't let go of social obligations as much as I've said goodbye to television; that I can get rid of in order to write. Here's to you finishing your outline! Thanks for the twitter follow. :)

  2. It's hard being a writer when you have a full-time job and want to still have time to spend with your loved ones. It's a lot to juggle! I'm in the same boat. Don't be so hard on yourself. It sounds like you're making progress, which is what matters! Maybe you should give yourself more time to complete a task (like our outline) while in this busy period. Good luck!! :)