ROW80: Test Mile Success

Last week’s test mile really helped. I learned that it took me about a half-hour to read ten pages out loud (these pages are 1.5 spacing, set in Times New Roman). This should have netted me about 160 pages if I read a total of eight hours. My RWA chapter meeting was cancelled yesterday, so I was able to get a couple more hours in. Here’s how the week’s goals went:

  1. Do a “test mile” read-aloud of Time’s Fugitive
  2. Eight hours of read-aloud of Time’s Fugitive, hopefully at least 1/4 of the book
  3. Two blog posts plus a ROW80 update on Sunday
  4. Comment on at least 5 blogs this week
  5. Minimum of 3 status updates or shares on Facebook
  6. Tweet at least once a day
  7. Read one Golden Heart entry
  8. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts (bonus: dog walk or some other activity on one of the other two days)
  9. Declutter my desk top (the real one, not the computer desktop)
  10. Bonus: write one book review on Amazon & B&N
I didn’t get any contest entries read, but I only have four more, and they’re not due until March, so I have some wiggle room. I’m doing better on the social networking than I thought; I far exceeded the tweets, Facebook shares, and blog comments. As for decluttering my desk, I’m not going to worry about that for now, as it turns out, the clutter is stuff I’m actively working on (i.e., the Golden Heart entries). What isn’t, is mostly my husband’s. I can collect that into piles and throw away the obvious trash, but otherwise he needs to go through it. And it’s all on the printer cabinet, not in my face, so it’s not a big distraction. I was happy to get to a bonus and get a review up on Amazon and B&N last week.
I’ve also done well on my physical activity. Knowing I get to read when I get on my treadmill is a world of help – it’s the reason I’ve finally found something I can stick with.
The best news was the test mile and reading results – my goal was to read at least a quarter of the book; I read half (which was what I was hoping for). I’m not going to post social media goals this time, I think I’m doing OK there. So here goes for this week:
  1. Finish read-aloud of Time’s Fugitive (about 10 hours)
  2. Read one Golden Heart entry
  3. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts
  4. Write and post review on Amazon & B&N of a friend’s book I just finished re-reading
  5. Bonus: type-in changes from read-aloud and send Time’s Fugitive to beta readers
  6. Bonus: dog walk or other activity in addition to #3

Have you done a test mile with a long-term goal or physical activity? How did you do? Were you surprised?

Thanks to Fabio Bueno for the idea of color-coding our goal accomplishments!

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  1. Good work this week, Jennette! (And also thanks to Fabio, because those color-coded goals are lovely to read! Sometimes lists make my brain shut down a little. The color makes it wake right back up.) I’m really excited to see that you’re reading your book aloud. It really is the single best way to proof-read for awkward phrases, or clunky sentences.

    I am ashamed to admit that I completely threw the concept of test mile out of the window. What’s happened is that either I do the work or I don’t. Some weeks certain of my goals have 0 minutes of work attached to them. Other weeks, these goals have 50+ minutes more work than planned. It’s an all-or-nothing deal. And when it’s all, it really is an *all*. Ugh. Would really like to change that habit. Perhaps the test mile deserves a reconsideration.

    Good luck for the coming week! I look forward to seeing your progress in another week’s time.

  2. Tracy, what works for one person won’t work for everyone. I have to take baby steps and break big tasks down into small bits, or they don’t get done at all. But tacking a big task and just getting it all done at once does work for some! The trick is to find what works for you.

    Debra, it’s all about finding out what works for us, huh? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I use color coding too. I’m a list maker at heart but I find that the colors are friendlier than items without checks. Ha!

    Many baby steps make large leaps. The leaf ant marches one by one from nest to tree and back until a smooth road is paved for other workers.

    Remember, you’re awesome!

  4. Looking good! The read-aloud of your WIP is such a great idea. Things pop out that way that you would otherwise miss. Best wishes getting through this week’s goals!

  5. Thanks, Julie! I catch so many little goof-ups this way. I can’t see putting out a book – or even sending it to a beta reader – without doing this. Good luck on your goals this week!

  6. Ali, baby steps is sooooo true! Otherwise, all we do is see the big task and it’s overwhelming. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck on your goals, too!