|Calke Abbey in November - Maria A Smith|
Making plans means you get stuff done - which means you can relax and not worry about things. That's the theory, but it's easier said than done. Why? Because we don't stick to the plans we make, or the plan is flawed for any number of reasons, or perhaps the plan gets sabotaged. I'm holding my hand up. I didn't stick to my plan, and I did my very best to sabotage it! Read on and you'll see how I did it.
What I said I'd do and what I actually did...
On top of the above I also spent 2 hours putting together a writers workshop with a fellow writer, which we'll be rolling out at the end of the month.
What I learnt last week...
I can push myself to get stuff done. I'm really pleased I've managed to rearrange my novel in Scrivener, it means I can start the rewrite, which is exciting, but also scary, and already that little devil on my shoulder is saying things like, 'are you really sure you want to change this novel to first person?' It's fear, I know it is, and I'm trying my best to ignore it.
I committed myself to seven hours, but ended up doing 11 hours and thirty-five minutes in total. Which is fabulous. Great. Hurrah! Well no not really.
I'm super pleased I achieved the target and got the novel preparation done, but, I worked into the early hours on several occasions, and worse, when I could of got on with my novel I procrastinated, made excuses and dodged doing it. Some of you will identify with it, the getting up and starting to clean things. Or tidy things, or eat things. Then I felt bad, and guilty, and stressed and ended up tired because I stayed up very late and made good my bad - I got it done. I don't want a repeat of the last week.
Below is a list of the things I'd like to get done, and I'll be tackling things differently. I'm going to prioritise, do, stuff I need to do, and then fit the other stuff in if I can. I must get to bed at a reasonable hour, and give time to other things that require my attention outside of writing.
You'll notice the things with times allocated are where things are taking place. I've purposely not put times against the writing. Let's see how I do with this revised plan of action for the week ahead.
# Blog - Write 1 new post.
# Novel - Begin the rewrite, aim to complete a chapter.
# Flash Fiction Challenge - 50 Word Story
# Writingchat - 1 hour
# Phoenix Writers Group - 2 hours
# 1-2-1 Mentoring Session - 1 hour
# Monthly Mentoring Group - 1 hour
Other random stuff I did last week...
# 2 x 1 hour pilates classes, and a lovely walk in the fresh air with my camera.
# Lost 3lb at Slimming World! Feeling chuffed I got off to a good start.
# Cooked a new recipe, Chicken Parmigiana & Spaghetti Bake which was delicious, and went down well with all the family.
|Best Foot Forward - Maria A Smith|
Right, I'm off to start this weeks plan. Let me know how things are going for you?