I’m committing to 20k per week — Goal Tracking

Posted April 30, 2015 by Amanda Shofner in Goal Tracking / 4 Comments

*dusts off the blog*

Well, hello there.

A lot’s happened since I last wrote. Not anything interesting, necessarily, just that I’ve been adjusting to working full-time and writing. It’s given me plenty to think about, especially as it relates to priorities and making time for writing.

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I’m committing to training myself to write 20,000 words per week

Yeah. Notice how I said train. Right now, 1k to 2k is a good week for me, so going from that to 20k is going to take a lot of work. A lot, a lot.

But now, more than ever, I’m in a position that makes it possible.

I’m making time for writing

What this comes down to is really simple: priorities. When I make writing a priority, I do it first. I wake up at 5am to get a half hour of writing in before I leave for work. When I get home, I write as soon as I can after the “musts” — things like laundry, food, or preparing myself for the next work day.

But the only way this works is that I forego a lot of social media time. Which isn’t necessarily bad — it’s a huge time suck that makes me think I’m resting and having downtime (and I’m not). I rarely sit down to watch TV.

It’s not going to be easy

Right now, I’m focusing on putting the habits in place. 30 minutes in the morning, 30 in the evening. That has to be my bare minimum for weekdays. Once that habit is set, I’ll work on writing faster. (And muddling through the weekend. I don’t want to think about that.)

This also means I’m digging into the outlining and plotting process — if I know what to write before I sit down to write, writing will go more smoothly, and that’s a good thing.

Your turn to commit: what are you going to do to work toward your goal?

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4 responses to “I’m committing to 20k per week — Goal Tracking

  1. I’m working towards 10,000 steps per day. I’ve been averaging about 7500 steps. So it’s a matter of making time for the additional exercise.

  2. 20k per week is a fantastic (and insane) goal! I WISH I could commit to something like that. My puny goal is to keep getting up before Hadley (so far, so good!) and working on whatever needs to be written for 20 minutes or so. I wish it were creative work, but more often than not it’s a freelance article. I’m looking forward to hearing updates about how this is going for you! Social media is a time suck indeed.

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