Plans and Goals 2018: Week 14 Review


Those who know and/or follow me will know that I say this kind of thing, like…all the time, but I genuinely have no idea what happened to the past week. This post is even a day late because my brain is having a hard time comprehending the fact that I didn’t just write the week 13 post yesterday. Sometimes I genuinely wonder if I’m not blanking out on chunks of hours at a time to account for the fact that I seem to roll over, get one good night’s sleep, and all of a sudden a week has passed. And that’s quite enough moaning from me for this week.

There’s another reason that this post is late this week, and it’s because I was dreading looking at my numbers for week 14. It is genuinely embarrassing. That’s not to say that I didn’t get anything done throughout the entire week, but between the kid only having a three-day school week and the fact that I somehow got behind on a laundry list of things that needed doing pretty much immediately, I feel like I have practically nothing to report for these particular goals. So, uh…let’s just get into it, I guess.

Plan #1: Focus more on Writing.
Herein lies the crux of my shame.

That was fairly poetic, hmm?

  • Goal #1: Write half a million words throughout the year. So, remember last week when I insisted that I was refusing to let my average-per-day go down to below 700 words? Good times. Good times…
    The past week was an absolute horror show for writing. All excuses aside, I wrote a paltry 1744 words, all for blog posts, making it the worst week of the year so far BY FAR. I am genuinely, horribly, irreparably ashamed of myself, and will claim no further reasoning or excuses of any kind. Last week sucked. I suck for allowing it to suck. Let’s move on.
    My yearly total is now at 65,443, with that bringing my daily average down to 675 words. Cheque please!
  • Goal #2: Sell more books. Okay! Here’s something I can actually be happy to report on! It’s not exactly an enormous, “I’ll never have to have a day job again” kind of announcement, but in the first couple of days of my birthday e-book sale I sold 10 books and someone started reading one of them on Kindle Unlimited. To any halfway successful writer I’m sure that sounds pathetically sad, but as someone who has had a difficult time with the self-promotion aspect and regularly goes a full month without a single sale, I’m pretty happy with that. I’m going to make some more posts throughout the month and hope for the best. Maybe I’ll even be lucky and a few of those people will take the time to rate/review on Amazon!
  • Goal #3: Complete and publish The Other World: Book Two. I really did have every intention to work on this during week 14, no joke. But like I said earlier, I turned around and all of a sudden the week was over again and nothing had been done. I know that’s hardly an excuse, but it’s an honest description of what occurred. Even right now I’m sitting here thinking, “Dammit, it’s already Monday evening into this week!” My time just seems to sink like sands through an hourglass (first person to make a “Days of Our Lives” joke gets a virtual kick in the head). That said, we’re into April now and I’ve gotten virtually nothing accomplished toward this goal, so if I have a similar report for next week, I beg someone to call me out and give me a good slap in the face (virtually, of course).

Plan #2: Focus more on YouTube.
It was difficult to get a lot done in the name of the channel this week, mainly because of that three-day school week I mentioned earlier, because it’s a pain in the butt to film while the kid is home. That said, in addition to the rest of the report below, I did get a lot of work done on the basement, and it’s actually looking quite nice these days. There’s still a lot to do, but it’s really starting to get there.

  • Goal #1: Film more often. With the above said, we did manage to film and publish four videos in week 14, one of them actually including the little one, and they were all pretty enjoyable videos. I definitely would have liked to have done more, especially since we’re trying to work our way through our ridiculous backlog, but everything else considered I don’t think we did too poorly at all.
  • Goal #2: Put more focus into, and have more fun with, the social media aspect. Social media continues to be a moderately positive report, with Twitter and Instagram being the standouts, Facebook trailing behind, and SnapChat feeling more and more useless with each passing day. In addition to all the usual stuff, Jason and I actually did an interview this past week with Previews for their “Collector’s Corner” article, which went live this morning. It was a fun undertaking no matter what the results, but we’re obviously hoping to gain a little exposure from the article and possibly some new subscribers as well.

#3: Focus more on myself.
I don’t think this will ever be a strong point of mine, but the report for this week is actually fairly positive, for the most part.

  • Goal #1: Take time daily to read/watch/play. I’ll whole-heartedly admit that my “daily time” for the past week has been relegated almost entirely to mobile games. I did manage to watch a few more episodes of Supernatural while I was making supper and folding clothes, but all told whenever I had two minutes of free time I seemed to spend it playing Papa’s Pizzeria with the little one, or competing in Sailor Drops with Jason (who has unabashedly gotten addicted to it…feel free to torment him). I’ve been really wanting to get back into Breath of the Wild, but that’s not the kind of game you can play for only a handful of minutes at a time, so I’ve continuously passed. Maybe when my birthday hits on Wednesday I’ll just lock myself in our bedroom and tell Jason and Adrianna to fend for themselves because mama has to save Hyrule. XD
  • Goal #2: Stay active, but don’t obsess. According to my Fitbit, in conjunction with SparkPeople reporting, I did 133 “fitness” minutes during week 14. “Fitness minutes”, as near as I can figure are counted when my FitBit registers that I’m in “fat burn” mode, so I’d call that a pretty good report, right? That’s just shy of 20 fat-burning minutes per day for the week, which is a pretty standard level of healthy exercise. I couldn’t begin to tell you when I got all those minutes, other than the two days that I know Jason and I took the little one out to play basketball at the park, but I’ll take ’em. Unfortunately I’ve seen no weight-loss as a result, but that could be because my ability to withstand all the Easter treats that have been around the house has been practically non-existent. I may need to staple my mouth shut. Yes…that sounds like a logical plan. 😛

And that was that! In retrospect, the week wasn’t exactly what you’d call horrible or anything; it’s just that the whole writing thing has gotten me into a bit of a funk. At this point I’m not even entirely sure what’s holding me back, aside from a good-old-fashioned inability to put my ass in a chair and DO IT. So yeah, feel free to berate me, yell at me, and otherwise put a virtual whip to my back, because at this point I think I might just need it!

How was your week? Were you able to accomplish anything? Do anything fun? Make any progress toward your own goals? Feel free to share!

2 thoughts on “Plans and Goals 2018: Week 14 Review

  1. For me, my success was very small but extremely important: I finally was able to write a blurb for my next novel. This was the only thing that was holding up the process as the book was completely edited back in early February.


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