ROW80:Too Much

Once again, I took on too much last week. I hadn’t done a test mile on how long it took me to type in second draft revisions, which are quite different than first draft revisions. As one might expect, they’re much less extensive, but not so much that I could go through a 140,000-word book in one day – which deluded me had thought I could do. Instead, I got halfway through it in one day – not bad, but it threw off what would have otherwise been an easy week. Live and learn! The good news is that it DID get done. And really, I got more done today than I expected. So I’m pleased. I came close to getting the web site done, but the form was tricky, the layout wasn’t working as it should have, and I finally had to walk away (and read the Golden Heart entry, so I got to mark that one green).

Here’s how the rest of the week went:

  1. Type in changes resulting from read-aloud of Time’s Fugitive and send to beta readers (finally!)
  2. Read one Golden Heart entry (#3 out of 5)
  3. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts
  4. Write and post review on Amazon & B&N of book I offered to blurb
  5. Finish web design side job
  6. Guest blog post (in addition to my own blogs)
  7. Go over two chapters for critique partner
  8. Cover design tweak promised to friend
  9. Tweak & validate epub file of Time’s Enemy and upload it to Lightning Source for distribution
  10. Launch plan and list of marketing tasks for Time’s Fugitive
  11. Bonus: do anything that’s on the launch plan list
  12. Bonus: dog walk or other activity in addition to #3

More green than red – we like that!

This week, I’ll focus on what I didn’t get to last week.

  1. Launch plan and list marketing tasks for Time’s Fugitive
  2. Read one Golden Heart entry (#4 out of 5)
  3. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts
  4. Finish reading and review the ARC I got last week
  5. Finish web design side job I took on to pay off my publishing company start up costs
  6. Rework Time’s Fugitive cover – I’m not 100% satisfied with it
  7. Bonus: Stockpile some blogs, so that I’m not writing them at the last minute

How did you do this week? Do you find yourself consistently taking on more than you can do, even when you know you do that?

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  1. Prudence, I put up a good front! In reality, it’s a constant struggle, and it seems I’m behind and have tons to catch up on every Saturday. But thanks for the vote of confidence!

  2. Jennette, it’s always good to be green! Now I’m sounding like Kermit the frog. Oh good grief, I’ve been commenting on too many blogs. LOL! But you Rocked the Row this week Jen. And you accomplished a lot! Keep it up! You’re showing me up girl! 🙂

  3. Thanks, Karen! And hey, you didn’t do too badly – it’s a new week, time to get out there and kick some goals!

  4. I am so impressed with your color-coded list! I want one! I totally identify, btw, with thinking some MAJOR task can be done in a half day. Congratulations on such a productive week!

  5. I’m amazed at how much you get done! I struggle with procrastination. Things on my daily to do list (when I’m organized enough to write one) always end up getting pushed to the next day!

  6. Thanks, Julie! Other than the type-in, it was mostly little things.

    Maria, I move stuff to tomorrow on almost a daily basis! Same with the weekly list. It’s an unusual week where I get to everything. Thanks for stopping by!