“Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.” ~ David J. Schwartz, Trainer and Author
“Transformation isn’t a future event, it’s a present activity.” ~ Jillian Michaels, Fitness Guru, Author of “Unlimited”
“Planning is nothing but procrastination in disguise… Failure doesn’t come from poor planning – it comes from the timidity to proceed.” ~ Scott Ginsberg, “The Nametag Guy”
These are just a few quotes I reread daily to get my head in check. I am THEE Queen of lists and planning to a fault, I now realize. Overplanning, procrastination, over-responsible, not finishing projects: these are all traits of ACOA’s (Adult Children of Alcoholics) yet I struggle with denial. Anyone else do this?
Once I push past the “preparation” that pulls on every. fiber. in. my. being, I actually get a lot of real work done. For me, this means writing new or revised scenes for my LAKE-RESORT Novel. This Sunday, I sat on my patio in the gorgeous fall weather and wrote long-hand 8 notebook pages of a pretty tense scene between my teenage protag and her estranged mother. The key for me? Don’t over think it and don’t work on the computer (the internet is called the Web for a reason!)
How will you push past the planning and onto productivity today? Share your tips and tricks!
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Last week I committed to:
- Bake cookies for teachers of KidsClub (deliver Wednesday) – decided against this, since the tray of cookies would be clamored up by 1st-4th graders and that wouldn’t help anyone!
- Complete Exercises from Ch 1 of Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress (use as Reader Wednesdays post in the future.) complete! (mostly)
- Phone call with (possible) new personal trainer – learn about her plan and rates – make decision (excited, scared!) complete! I’ve signed up for Team Beachbody on-line and will begin my personal training a week from today. Very excited to finally have direction – and accountability!
Salary: 2 hrs of uninterrupted reading time on Sunday (to catch up on FREE ebooks & workbooks by Jonathon Mead) Instead, I rewarded myself with 2 solid hours of reading Jillian Michaels’ Unlimited. Fantastic book – highly recommended
How did you do last week? Complete the 3 goals you set for yourself?
This week, I commit to:
- Read & provide feedback on crit partner’s 1st chapter & send her latest version of my novel’s Ch 1
- 100 crunches 6x and 30 min walk after dinner 5x
- Review notes on novel-in-progress, write next scene
Salary: Practice Lesson 1 of Rosetta Stone- Italian (library loan)
Baby steps, just pick 3. Share them here for accountability. (ha, I’m a poet!)
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