Wednesday, 20 May 2015

On The Right Track? (Goals Part 6) 17th May 2015

I am so tired - Image Credit Pixabay
Oops! This post is very late. I started it with good intentions on Sunday, but was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open, so reluctantly, went to bed and left it unfinished. Then Monday arrived, and passed swiftly, then Tuesday came along and went by in a whoosh! And now there is little left of Wednesday either.

So what happened?

Something had to give, and quite honestly, the advice given by the good folk who follow this blog rubbed off on me. It stuck in my head, and was reiterated by my writing buddy Wayne over at Kelly's Eye Thank goodness! I decided not to push myself hard anymore, gave into sleep because I needed it, and still do. And even though, I'm once more 'all at sea' with my plan, and yes it is bloody irritating, I'm feeling much better now.

I'll get back on track again, and next time I go away for four days with work, I'll clear my diary of everything else. I did enjoy the work, but it was all consuming, and the hours were long...and I'm still recovering from the health issues I've had with my back.

Hence, the following results.

Phoenix Writers - I didn't get round to doing the flash fiction challenge, although I managed to prepare for 'Subs Club' after the main meeting, where we discussed markets for our writing, as well as what submissions we've made...

Novel Rewriting - FAIL - Nothing was written.

Relaxation - FAIL - It never happened.

This week. Well, I'm late to the party, so I'll keep it simple.

Writing - Whatever I can manage

Rest - Ditto, whatever I can manage.

I hope your week was good, and that you're fairing well this week?

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Hectic Days Ahead (Goals Part 5) - 10th May 2015

How Things Used To Be - Maria A Smith
I've still got the lurgy, can't hear very well, and my nose is blocked, but for most of the last week were manageable. I've had a busy time at work.

The week ahead is going to be more of the same, I'm working away from home and shall try and juggle as much as I can, realistically I know there will be very little downtime.

So what did I do last week?

Recovery - MOSTLY DONE - I stuck to my word and tried to rest, as well as do a little gentle exercise. I managed to get to the pool just twice to continue with my 'water wading' although I did about half as much as I usually do. My back exercises are a priority, and I did the mat work every day, but I just felt to grim to go to Pilates on Tuesday evening.

Flash Fiction - DONE  - Very last minute, (wrote in the carpark, twenty minutes before the meeting) but managed the 150 words to read out on Saturday.

Phoenix Writers - DONE - A very quiet meeting on Saturday, which I chaired. There was a good variety of prose read out, and it was interesting to hear people giving critique on each piece.

Novel Rewriting - FAIL - I couldn't manage anything for the first three days of last  week due to feeling so lousy, then with working away until Friday evening, there was just no time left.

All in all, not a productive week, however, I knew this, and my expectations were much lower. The week ahead will be similar, but I hope to achieve the following...

Phoenix Writers - There are things I must do, one is the flash fiction challenge yet to be set by the Chair, the second is preparation for 'Subs Club' where several of us meet up after the main meeting to discuss markets for our writing, as well as what submissions we've made and progress.

Novel Rewriting - This may be ambitious, given my workload but I'd like to have another thousand words rewritten.

Relaxation - In between my hectic schedule, I need to hit the pause button every now and then. I'm thinking this will have to be in my hotel room where I'll be limited. Perhaps a few early nights, or a half hour siesta early evening before the evening meal, or meditation. I will have to see what can be done, but it must never be far from the front of my mind.

Thats my week planned, what will you be up to?

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Out of Sorts & (Goals Part 4) - 3rd May 2015

Ugh! I'm full of cold. My nose is blocked up, my head hurts and I'm feeling out of sorts. I've been like this since Thursday, I guessed it was brewing beneath the surface a few days before. Never mind, on a positive, I'm in Derbyshire for a few days and nights, and have managed to get out and about in the fresh air to walk, and take pictures.

After arriving Friday, in bright sunshine - it's now cold, grey and raining. It has been lashing it down throughout the night. Typical England. So changeable, and unpredictable.

Image Credit  - Pixabay
Productivity has been low since mid-week - is having a cold a new type of procrastination? No, not at all, I'll be back on track very soon, and anyway, all things considered , I didn't do too badly.

1. Novel Rewriting - DONE - I wrote a new opening chapter instead of doing anymore work on the existing one.

2#Writingchat - DONE - More writerly chatter on Twitter, we talked about 'ambition' and motivation.

3. Blog - DONE - Better Than Before All about editing.

4. Exercise and Diet - DONE - Mostly. On the exercise front I deserve a gold star. Pilates, Aroma Ball Relaxation Class, Pool exercises, Nordic walking, and loads of mat work! On the diet front, I deserve a kick up the backside. My will-power has been awful! I've chomped my way through my body weight in chocolate in the last week. I'm now feeding the cold whatever it wants as I can't taste a thing. I'm disappointed with myself.

The coming week then...

1. Recovery - Top priority, I have a gruelling work schedule coming up that will take me away from home from Wednesday onwards, so in-between time, I need to get rid of the cold. I'm planning to be good to myself. All too often before, i've tried to keep up with everything, and made myself far worse. So its a go slowly this week as much as it can be.

2. Flash Fiction - 150 words required for Saturday.

3. Phoenix Writers - I'm in the Chair on Saturday, my job will be to keep order, and make sure the readings are done in an efficient manner.

4. Novel Rewriting - More editing required.

That is it my friends. Not massive goals, but all doable I hope, and writing them down makes the harder to ignore. Even though, they are small, they are all part of my bigger goals.

How was your week? And what do you have planned to help you reach your goals?

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