Last week I spoke of burnout, and the beginning of week 5 was very similar, what with our YouTube channel anniversary closing in on us, but I can honestly say that the last couple of days have been a melting ooze of laziness and recuperation. Not a great amount was accomplished as a result, but I’m perfectly okay with that, because the rest was desperately required. ^_^
Moving through week 5 also brought us from January into February, which feels crazy to me! I know I say this all the time, but I feel like the month just disappeared beneath me. Luckily a lot was done throughout the month, but it still just feels weird to think that January is already gone!
But never mind that for now. Right now we’re talking about the 5th week of 2018, and what I did – or didn’t – accomplish during those seven days.
Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
This was a funny week for writing, as I went hardcore in the first couple of days…and then completely gave up on anything of the sort for the remainder of the week. We were so busy with our huge 2nd Anniversary Video that I just couldn’t get my brain to focus on anything else. That said, what did get accomplished in that time?
- Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. This was a bad week for meeting daily goals. I hit the 1370 word-per-day goal on the first two days of the week, and then just…stopped, as previously mentioned. By the time I realized I hadn’t written anything in several days it was the end of the work, and I groaned to myself because that surely meant I’d destroyed the slow-but-steady forward momentum I was making. However, when I checked my numbers this morning I was pleasantly surprised! I did manage to write 5047 words toward blog posts this week, plus another 728 words toward The Other World. That gave me a weekly total of 5775 words, bringing my yearly total so far up to 25,929 words, which actually means that my daily average – while still quite a ways from where it needs to end up – still went up a bit, hitting 763 words-per-day in 2018 so far. Given how many days this week I did absolutely no writing, I’m very pleasantly surprised with this, and since we’re now past our anniversary and are able to calm down a little bit with the channel work, here’s hoping to pushing that average up even further in week 6!
- Goal #2: Sell more books. I’ll admit that I was getting a little cranky with this goal as January came to a close, because I hadn’t heard from the store which is carrying my books, and up until the last couple of days of the month I hadn’t sold a single book online. Self-promotion continues to be an incredibly difficult thing to pull off without annoying people and/or spending money I don’t have, so I was definitely getting grouchy. Luckily, right before the month’s stats rolled over for CreateSpace, my awesome friend Marie from Sweden bought a few copies of my books to give to friends as presents. 😀 This sale, of course, doesn’t really have anything to do with my personal efforts, so it’s not exactly an accomplishment as such, but I’ll take it! And then, right before I started writing this post I finally got a message from the shop owner and found that he’s sold three books as well! Six books in a month isn’t exactly big money, but since I’ve been known to go literal months without selling a single book, this is a decent month for me. 😛
- Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I can’t honestly claim to have accomplished anything toward this goal in week 5, so I’ll just be completely blunt. I was far too busy to even properly think about The Other World. I was able to toss out a few blog posts because the topics in question required little concentration on my part, but I just didn’t have the brain power left after YouTubing that would be required to put together plot points in a logical manner. That said, I do intend to spend some significant time in the coming week working on just that. I have approximately 90% of a beta-reader draft; I just need to go back to some scenes near the beginning that I skipped in favor of moving forward and getting more done in later scenes.
Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
No one can possibly claim that Jason and I didn’t focus on YouTube in week 5, as we spent literally three straight days working on our 2nd anniversary video bonanza, which ended up being just shy of an hour and a half long! We definitely melted into relaxation mode the past few days, but we absolutely deserved it after all the work we got done first!
- Goal #1: Film more often. Technically speaking, this goal waned in week 5, with only one video technically getting filmed. But as previously mentioned, that one video took three damn days of work. It was over two hours of actual filming, and also involved conversing with a number of contributors, taking photos, hunting down clips from past videos and cobbling them together to create a montage, and the editing….dear lord the editing. Jason and I took several shifts each, and it spent two days just on the editing process. So, in conclusion, I refuse to feel bad for only doing one video, since that one video took as much time as half a dozen. XP
- Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. I’ve been having good days and bad days with this one recently. Twitter I find easy, but Instagram takes more time than you might think and as previously mentioned I just haven’t had the brainpower this past week. And SnapChat? Don’t talk to me about SnapChat. Here’s to getting back into a steadier system in week 6.
Plan #3: Focus more on myself.
You might be expecting to hear me berate myself this week, given I was talking about being busy and not having brainpower all through this post so far. But surprisingly, it wasn’t actually a bad week for looking after my own interests!
- Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I couldn’t seem to find the time to actually focus on anything specific in week 5, but I did manage to pick at things here and there to keep myself sane. I read a few more chapters of A Clockwork Orange (which I was supposed to finish in January, but that’s for another post), and I spent (perhaps a disturbing amount of) time snuggled up on the couch with a blank brain and the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, which my daughter has now gotten me addicted to. Both things served to keep me from absolutely losing my mind this past week, in between bouts of working on the anniversary vid.
- Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. This will likely always be one of the weakest goals for me, simply because so much of what I do (YouTube, writing, social media nonsense) involves sitting in front of a camera or computer for long periods of time. Believe it or not though, I still remained pretty active because I played Just Dance with the little one multiple times this week. It was only a few songs at a time, but some of those songs are frikkin’ INTENSE! More than one of missy’s favorites nearly killed me, reminding me of how out of shape I actually am. Which is…a good thing? I guess? 😛
So that was week 5. It sounds a little sparse and filled with playing around, but honestly it was quite involved, a little stressful, and ended with completely turning my brain off for a few days, which is something I desperately needed. So, all in all, it was a good one! Here’s to week 6!
How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!