July 2, 2012

Focusing on Simple: ROW 80 Round 3 Goals

It's summertime. My kids are home, and they are aging so much faster than should be allowed. So for July and August, I'm going to try something new. Simplify.

I started 2012 with a bang, determined to take on challenge after challenge. I found myself drowning. One thing I've learned about multitasking. I can do it, but I don't do it well. I feel like I've spent much of 2012 in a very frazzled state. The next two months I'm going to enjoy my children and find a new writing groove.

So it's a perfect time to start Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) and reassess my goals.

My Round 3 Goals

Writing: Monday through Saturday, I will spend a minimum of thirty minutes a day working on one of my two works in progress. Sundays are off. I hope to spend more time writing, but thirty minutes is my test mile.

Editing: Since the time commitment changes for this, I will figure it out week to week. Writing comes first, then editing. Right now, I have several short stories I'm editing. My goal is to spend some dedicated time on each, sending a completed one every few days to the client.  

Blogging: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday here. A minimum of twice a week on Mom in Love with Fiction. I will not commit to any daily blogging challenges in July or August.

Social Media: I'm going to try something different and see if it sticks. I will comment on 5 ROW80 posts every check in, minimum. I will then visit and comment on 10 other posts from my reader. Again, my test mile.

Reading: I will read a minimum of one book a week, and one craft book in July and August.

Good luck to my fellow ROW80 friends.

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Melissa said...

They sounds like great goals. All the best with achieving them.

Robin M said...

Simplifying sounds great. Good luck with your writing this round.

Julie Glover said...

These sound like great goals. I also simplified this time around. Summer is a difficult time to get much done with the kids hanging out, and really it's my time to enjoy them too. Have a great ROW80!

Ruth Nestvold said...

Excellent goals! The really important thing with writing is to keep on track, so sometimes simplifying is the best thing to do.

Good luck this round and have a great week!

Jo Michaels said...

Hi Tia! I nominated you for a blog award. Find the info here:


Keep doing what you are doing!! WRITE ON!

Anonymous said...

Your goals sound great. With me it's 750 words a day (something I thank www.750words.com for) and one book a week. I'm not worrying about editing for now because my book is not just an infant - it's a foetus.

alberta ross said...

good goals- children grow so fast you need the time with them - all the best for this round:)

Kim Switzer said...

Simplifying and giving yourself time to enjoy your family and the summer sounds great. Have fun!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks! I think simple is the way to go right now. Overachieving goals were bringing me down, and I found myself less productive.

I'm going to hop around and check out your latest posts (and goals).

Lauren Garafalo said...

Simplify seems to be the word of the week!! Your goals sound great - challenging, but focused. Have a wonderful Round 3, Tia!!

Gwen Gardner said...

Stopping by from the ISWG to say hello. How nice to just enjoy spending summer with your kids and write in small chunks - no pressure. Enjoy your kids while you can. They grow up too soojn!

Jaleh D said...

I have to get back into a writing and reading groove now that I've settled in more or less from my big move. So I have no idea yet what sort of goals I want to work on. But your goals make so much sense based on what you've been doing. Good luck and I hope you keep up.

Tia Bach said...

Thanks Lauren, Gwen & Jaleh. Should be a fun round!