I hope you’ve been having a great Round of Words so far, and that you’ve been meeting (and possibly exceeding) your personal expectations regularly these past few weeks. But even if you haven’t been, remember that it’s more about staying the course and finishing than about who sprang from the gate first. It’s ten weeks of self-improvement and habit-building. More than that, it’s a stepping stone for a life you want, created as you want it to be through your goals each ROWnd.
So how’s it going, folks? Do you feel you’re making solid progress? Have you found your stride, or are you still feeling things out? We have a linky where you can post a URL to your blog check-in. Or, if you’d prefer, you can always post something in our comment below or in our FB group.
Apologies first off for not having your linky today, but I’m traveling. Until I can connect reliably with my computer at home, I don’t have access to our linkytool site and dashboard to post one… Sorry.
Linky active so you can post your comments and check-ins here as always. Or you can post your update to the FB page.
We always have options for you here. It’s YOUR ROW80, after all.
We’re moving upstream, ROWers. The initial fire of determination may need some stoking but hopefully you’re feeling the glow of practice and habit starting to spark within you. Those things will get you to your dreams. Successes in those things will give you continued determination.
For now, it’s time for a Sunday check-in. Here’s your linky. You can also leave a link or comment check-in here or on our FB Page.
Here’s a little, unofficial check-in for you all (it is the between ROWnds break, after all) as we prepare for a whole new Round of Words in 80 Days. Are you ready? Have you designed some yet? If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do, why not try the S.M.A.R.T. strategy? It’s worked for a lot of people. It may be just what you’re looking for.
Here’s how you do it:
Specific — work daily on The Greatest Magnum Opus Ever as opposed to write every day
Measurable — do 10 pages of revision each week on TGMOE instead of revising things as they catch your eye
Attainable — set a Test Mile; if you exceed it, great, but plan to do an amount of work you can guarantee to do. I’m a big fan (of course!) of Those Five Sentences, but maybe you’re working on queries or line edits… you can use the same strategy there with a bit of tweaking
Relevant — if you’re trying to write an article on hippos, you may not want to spend your ROWnd researching the craft of iron smelting in Industrial New England (though, with enough time and effort, I’m sure there is a story there!)
Time-based — because our Rounds of Words go for 80 days, there is already a built-in time-frame to your goals, but not everything you do will need that long. Some things might need a day or a week… some might need all year; the point is to make sure you give yourself a time to get those things done
There you go, something you can do. And if in doubt, start small. You can always add more later.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know where it was, here’s our goals linky. Add your goals and we’ll save the links here for the whole ROWnd so you can easily go back and find them whenever you need a refresher:
Sorry, but since this is an unofficial check-in, we don’t have a linky for that today. For now, feel free to use the comments or our FB threads to let us know how you’re doing. 🙂