The week started with a bang and ended with a whimper. My writing across all projects added up to 7,164 words, so I averaged slightly more than 1,000 words per day. This week highlighted areas I can focus on to improve my productivity since it hit on several things that lead me astray.
First full week of 2020. Here's what I managed to pull off:
I started the week off strong for the first couple days. I'm still struggling to integrate my writing time into work days or days off when there is a lot going on. On my sick days I didn't feel much like writing.
What to do about it?
I need to listen to Yoda.
“A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing.”
It's true. Attitude is key. The deepest commitment, the most serious mind. Okay, but does that contradict having fun? I don't think so. Commitment to my art, serious about learning, having fun doing it. The point about looking away, to the future, not paying attention to now, to what I'm doing, that's important.
OKR Confidence Ratings
My average words per day increased this week. That's a step toward meeting my objectives.
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 bumped these up this week despite the fall off in my word count. It's a new week, I'm feeling a bit better, so I'm feeling more confident in reaching my key results.
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 spent time this week studying short fiction. That helps me feel more confident in my key results.
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.
Though increased word counts don't directly impact this objective, it still gives me a confidence boost that I'll work in the things I need to do to reach these results.
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'm at a 50/50 point this week with this objective. It's mostly a matter of making the effort.
This Week's Priorities
Typical week at work. No days off. Hopefully no sick days!
I think I'll print up my priorities and post them on the wall so that I see them each day. And do an evening review of progress made.