Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Weekly Goals: Week 29

Due to most of my day yesterday being spent traveling to and from Colorado Springs to go to an appointment with my mom, I'm writing this post today instead of on Monday.

Incidentally, as I write this post I'm realizing that I miss looking at the breakdown of my time in Toggl every week, now that I'm focusing on weekly goals instead of a more detailed list of projects and the progress I've made on them.  So I'm going to start checking that again.  I love the reporting tools that come with the free version of Toggl, but that's probably a subject that deserves its own post.

Last week I got a fair amount done across the board, considering how much was going on with the car and the plumbing and a couple other things that took time out of my days.  My major goals were to work on my novel every day, start working on client dolls, and to work on organizing.  I made decent progress on the first and last of those things, although I didn't add word count to my novel every day.  I worked a bit on some research that needed to be done, and I'm trying not to see it as a failure not to have written many actual words that day.  NaNoWriMo really teaches you to see adding words as the only measurable success, so even though I can point to an hour or more of time spent researching, it feels like I didn't get enough done.

I haven't been working on my novel on the weekends, which is perhaps a mistake, but our weekends have been so full with time spent organizing and doing other things that need to be done together that I haven't had time.  I'm hoping that will improve as our organization projects get done.

I really need to start working on client dolls this week, as I have some that I want to finish before Christmas.

All in all, I feel better and more energized since I switched my thyroid meds timing, as I mentioned a couple weeks ago.  I'm getting up earlier, and I think I'm getting more done and with less struggle than before.  I still have a lot to do, but I feel like I'm making some progress on wrangling some control over my schedule.

With no further ado, here are my goals for this week.

  1. Work on my novel every day
  2. Work on my social media marketing research project every day
  3. Start work on client dolls
  4. Work on organizing

You'll notice I have a new goal thrown in there, a research project focusing on social media marketing.  I have several projects that are going to rely on quite a bit of social media marketing in the near future, not just my doll business but also my novel series and possible my doll stringing ebook as well.  While I have been writing for online marketers for years and have a pretty solid understanding of the subject, I want to brush up on social media marketing and perhaps develop a calendar to help me stay on track with posts.  I have a terrible tendency to put off posting, and having a calendar and a written plan might help me.

To that end, I've downloaded some books on social media marketing, and I want to spend some time going through them.  So that's a project for this week and possibly next week too, depending on how this week goes.

This week will essentially be a four-day week, since yesterday was all but lost, so hopefully I'll still be able to accomplish what I want to!

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