Welcome back on this glorious holiday weekend, y’all!
The Geek Out
If you were around for the tail end of Round 2, you got to see me geek out over one of my new favorite tools, Pacemaker. Pacemaker lets you set your goal (words, pages, etc.) and your timeline–and THEN it allows you to adjust things based on life stuff. Got a business trip out of town scheduled? You can set those days to either skip or have a lower goal. Want to work more on weekends? You can set that, too. And the system updates everything to show you what you need to do in order to reach your goal by the deadline you set. Even better? You can turn your project into a widget or into an iCal in order to make sure your writing time is FRONT AND CENTER on your calendar! It is the absolute perfect tool to enable you to manage your writing goals! And it’s free!
Turns out the makers of Pacemaker thought so too!
So ROW80 has OFFICIALLY partnered up with Pacemaker for Round 3! They have designed for us a special page for our challenge. You can create up to 5 projects (since often people work on more than one thing during the course of a round). Or, if you’re less focused on a specific book, there’s absolutely an option to track your writing as a habit. On our challenge page, you’ll be able to see everybody who’s participating and how they’re doing on their goal. You can copy their plan and customize to make it your own or start from scratch. Here’s my first project for the round, which I’m already 2/3rds finished with. You can see how my productivity jumps around, and how I’ve scheduled time off for my vacation this week. There are so many options to customize. While writing is the most obvious, you can also track editing, reading, study or work as a goal. You can measure words, pages, chapters, characters, verses, acts, scenes, stanzas, lines, items, minutes, hours, or tasks. And there’s a whole long list of types of projects already built in.
My Challenge To You
Pacemaker is an incredibly powerful tool that can enable you to take control of your writing life. I can’t count the number of times participants goggle at what I manage to get done with everything I juggle. And the fact of the matter is, it’s as Thomas Jefferson once said, “It’s amazing how much can be done if we are always doing.” This is pretty much the theme of my life. I’m always, always doing something, whether it’s plotting the next book, working on a character sketch, or just spewing out a hundred words in a spare ten minutes. I don’t sit around waiting for inspiration to strike, I don’t wait for the perfect time. And I don’t beat myself up if I don’t reach some lofty, perfect goal (most of the time…). Because the absolute truth of the matter is that any progress is better than no progress. If your goal is 1,000 words a day and you only manage 250, that’s 250 that you didn’t have before and your brain stayed at least a little bit in the story. THAT is what I want to reward this round–ANY consistent progress toward your goal, no matter how small. Whether you’re chipping away at that final word count by inches or feet, I want you to make an effort to do something each and every day. Stop letting everything else in your life come first. No excuses. If you want to be a writer, then writing has to be a priority. Just remember that making it a priority only means making SOME kind of progress, not ALL the progress (although if you can make All the progress, that’s awesome!).
What are you waiting for? Go sign up for Pacemaker today and set up your project for Round 3.
Set Your Goals
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