Holiday weeks are hard. Or maybe all weeks are hard and this one just stood out more for me. My main focus for the week was consistency, writing every day, and I managed to pull that off. I didn't write as much as I'd like, but I did get in at least a page each day on the book.
Other than that, the main focus of the week was family. That was nice, but exhausting. I took a couple days off around the holiday so I had six days off from the library and it didn't feel like I even had two days off by the time it was done.
I made a few notes as the week went on so I'd remember what I wanted to celebrate (about my writing) from the week.
Is it what I wanted? No, but that's okay. I wrote every day and I'm celebrating that fact since I haven't been successful at that lately. Whether I feel like it or not, I want to write at least 250 words of new fiction each day. If possible, I want to write 1,500 words (or more) daily on my novel, and at least 500 words (or more) daily on short stories. But if I can't manage 2,000-3,000 words, I want to get that page in, even if it's the last thing I do before going to sleep.
OKR Confidence Ratings
I've changed my confidence ratings slightly, recognizing that this wasn't a typical week.
Write fantastic novels
- Write 1,500 words (minimum) per day.
- 40,000 words (minimum) each month on the current novel.
- Complete 6 novels in 2020.
I kept the streak going. That's a win. I also fought with my energy levels all week. Writing this much will take a lot of focus and energy. Can I do it consistently?
Write Amazing Short STories
- Write 500 words (minimum) per day.
- Complete a finished short story bi-weekly (26 stories).
- Submit or publish each finished story within one week.
I'm a bit less confident in this objective after this last week since I didn't even touch short stories. It was all I could do to keep working on my book. I still want to meet this objective.
Achieve success with my novels
- 12 novels released on my store and retail stores.
- Average 10 sales per day, per title.
- Match my income from my full-time librarian job.
My confidence hasn't really changed with this OKR, despite not making progress this past week. I think I'll make more progress. Still not feeling super confident about the income results, something has to change, that's for sure.
Build a Community of Engaged Readers
- Readinary newsletter subscribers increase by 25%.
- Broadcast open rate averages 60%.
- Click rate averages 10%.
- Reach 250 Patreon subscribers.
I struggle with this one, of all of the OKRs because it feels the most out of my control. I need to figure out what I can do, and monitor the results.
This Week's Priorities
This isn't exactly a normal week. I have library work to do this weekend (too much on my plate right now). The library is closed on the 1st, so that gives me an extra day to work on my projects. It's getting back into a normal routine, though, which will likely help me move forward on my goals.
My priorities this week remain pretty much the same:
Those are my main priorities. I could add one more, taking care of myself, but it's something I have to do all the time.