This week turned out to be hit and miss. I didn't write several days—yet ended up writing more this week than last. I added 7,397 words to Synthetic Pain. I'm pretty happy with that.
Last week I set priorities to write early, adding words to my novel before work, spend time in the evenings on publishing and marketing, write a new short story, submit stories to magazines, and publish a new story on Patreon. I even created a print version of my priorities to post where I could see them.
How'd I do?
I took two days off this week, Wednesday and Saturday. Both days when my energy levels waned. Still a more productive week than the previous week, so that's progress. Plus, I added the ability to sell t-shirts and other items directly through my store, so that was another unplanned win. I also sent out stories, started a new short story, and worked on publishing tasks. Mostly a good week.
OKR Confidence Ratings
I'm feeling pretty good this week. I've faced some of my limitations and managed to do fairly well.
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.
My average word count for the week increased, which I think justifies keeping confidence levels high for this OKR.
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 started a new story this week. It isn't finished yet, but it's a step in that direction. I also sent out several stories that had been languishing in my outbox to magazine markets. I'm keeping my confidence levels the same.
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.
I don't feel like my confidence levels have changed much. There hasn't been any changes to improve my confidence.
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 didn't really take any actions this week to make progress on this OKR. Still, I don't feel like I've lost confidence with these results.
This Week's Priorities
I thought the priorities last week worked. I'll tweak them a bit, print out the new ones and post them. And add the dates. I think it'll be interesting to see how it changes from week to week.
Reworded, but still focusing on the same four areas. I tried to get more specific this week. I'll put those on my priority template and print it out.