I have this habit of setting unreasonable goals for myself. Goals that ensure failure.
Today I'm jumping between doing some work for work, packing up a friends belongings to mail to him (long overdue), working on programming and working on the novel. And that's just today.
I'm thinking about it because of what happened in my last post -- I actually got done what I'd planned for the day. What I didn't mention is that one of the project -- revising a short story -- didn't take nearly as long as I'd anticipated. In fact, it took about 10% of the time I'd estimated. If my estimate had been closer, I wouldn't have made it.
So today I was looking at my 2007 goals (it's getting close -- really) and realize I still need to learn to program, I need to finish my rewrite of book 1 (due by next Thursday) then rewrite books 2 and 3 in the saga. Oh yeah, and then there's a beta of a game I need to complete, but I can't begin on that until I get another 100 hours or so done on the programming lessons.
So I'm gonna do like my friend SFLORE does and begin a weekly goal list...but a realistic one. No year-end goals for me this year. Not until I get better at this.
So here goes. First list:
- See "Talk to Me" before it leaves town (3.5 hours)
- Complete 1 Chapter in my C# programming book (1 hour)
- Complete edit of SW1 novel (15 hours)
- Box and mail friend's stuff to him (6 hours)
- Visit mom (5 hours)
- Attend writer's meeting (3.5 hours)
- Coffee or Dinner with SB (4 hours)
Okay, that's it. I'm still pushing it a bit, but I've got a full week to get these things done. I added the film to my list because, well, you have to remember to do some stress-free stuff too. And then there's the writer's meeting, because it is a major accomplishment and it happens to take up pretty much a full evening/day. And coffee/dinner -- well, I need to catch up with this friend. Really. So there it is. If I make it, I'll be on the road to a recovery of sorts. I figure if I can get one of those items done per day (well, some will take more), then I should be on my way. (Oh yeah, the time estimates include travel/prep time and are there to keep me on track).
No more self-sabotage for me...