How did you do? Do you find yourself finishing early? Or maybe, the goals are too big (i.e. time consuming, need cooperation from others to complete, etc.) If that’s stopping you, try breaking down the larger goals into finer steps.
For instance, my writing office is also in my bedroom and I have accumulated piles of books, notebooks, magazines, manuscripts, and teaching files and supplies in various areas of disarray. Instead of “pretending” I can take on the entire room in a week (along with all my other responsibilities) I took pictures of each of the 5 trouble spots, or zones, if you will. I am committing to sorting and organizing just 1 of those 5 this week. It is tempting to say I ‘ll just do it all at once, but I know myself. Sorting through paper piles makes my physically nauseous, and is certainly not something I look forward to after working 10+ hours in an office all day, making dinner and helping my kids with their homework. But 1 area, I can handle.
So, what do you want to focus on this week? Remember, only COMMIT to 3 tasks/goals. Make a longer list and keep it somewhere else, if you wish, but focus your time and energy on completing just these 3 things.
My Commitment to Me
I commit to:
1. Workout 3 x this week
2. Organize 1 of the 5 areas in my “office”
3. Submit short story (Cruelty of Poetry or House of Good Intentions) to The Pedestal Magazine
My due date is:
My salary is:
Purchase the $10 Desktop version of Write or Die
Copy and paste your “Commit to 3” in the comments. Let’s keep each other accountable – but realistic. And don’t forget to Pay YOURSELF!
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