Thursday, 26 August 2010

The last time I'll mention it - I promise

I didn't make it over here yesterday what with one thing and another. I honestly don't know where this week has gone. I've certainly not achieved anything of note. No that's not true actually and I am being too hard on myself (for a change.) I think that I said last week that I thought I might have set myself to many goals on my to do list and I clearly did because I didn't get a lot of things (some) done but I did get the important ones ticked - the ones with actual editorial deadlines.
So the lesson that I have learned is to make the to do lists more achievable. Why is it that in the day job I am a stickler for SMART objectives but that goes out of the window when it comes to my writing. I think that part of the reason is that I know how much effort is needed to succeed in this business and I try to put that effort in - setting goals accordingly. But the truth is that I am not Superwoman (I know - it came as a surprise to me to) and I have to accept that my time is limited. I have a very demanding full time job which leaves me mentally and physically exhausted most days and I still have a home to run. What I need to get into my head is to be more specific. Focus on what HAS to be done this week not what I would WANT to be done if I lived in that world that exists in my mind.
So there are only 2 things that I MUST do this week and that's all that is going on my to do list. Everything else will be e bonus.
Sorry to bang on about the to do list again. It's the last time I promise.
Nothing has really happened this week - no rejections - no acceptances. There are about 9 or 10 things out there at the moment including one that Allas have had since March (I think I can take it that one's a no) so there is scope for news - just none yet.


Flowerpot said...

It's easy to set too many goals and be too hard on ourselves. But life is about enjoyment as well, isn't it? Take care and enjoy... xx

Colette McCormick said...

Exactly FP. We only get one chance at this life so it's really important to enjoy every minute because sadly we don't know when the ride might end.

Suzanne Jones said...

I have real problems with lack of time myself, so I know exactly what it's like.


Colette McCormick said...

I'm glad it's not just me Suzanne. Where does the time go to - probably the same place as money - I have no idea where that goes either.