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. 🙂
This is it, ROWers! The final (official) check-in of 2019 has arrived. Though, because the calendar is a bit twiggy this year, I will be posting, along with our goals linky, a check-in next Sunday (not the Wednesdays as they are holidays for many).
Just to update all of you, this will be a longer than normal break between ROWnds. Traditionally, Round 1 of the ROW80 starts on first Monday of the New Year. Since that puts us on the 6th, you all are welcome to jump in for our unofficial between-rounds check-ins or enjoy a long goal-free break.
It’s your ROW80, they are your goals and aspirations, and you know what your spirit needs right now to achieve them. Hopefully we’ll all be raring to go by the time January 6th comes around. 🙂
For now, here are those linkies you need. First of all the All Powerful Goals linky 😉 You should click here if you’ve got plans for our upcoming Round 1 2020.
Next up is your regular check-in linky, and we have that one below. Remember this is also the End of Round check-in, so you may want to assess your progress for the past 10 week. Click away and tell us all how it’s going (or you can leave something in the comments or on our FB page). We love to hear from you. In fact, you may want to get in touch by the other two methods if you’re interested in Sponsoring or are looking for an Accountability Partner for Round 1 2020.
Here we are folks, just a few more days before Round 4 ends and Round 1 of a whole new year looms before us. Are you ready?
Here it is…
Of course, this is your Wednesday check-in too, complete with linky (below). Why not have a click and share how you’ve been doing lately. Or, if you prefer, you can leave something in the comments or on our FB page. We love to hear from you. In fact, you may want to get in touch by the other two methods if you’re interested in Sponsoring or are looking for an Accountability Partner for Round 1 2020.
We are entering the homestretch here, folks. Almost to the end of the ROWnd, end of the year, and the beginning of new dreams.
Yep, every ending is a chance to begin something new. 🙂
And since we know you’ve got dreams and aspirations, why don’t you start planning (and posting) them. The Goals Linky IS active, ROWers. Here it is…
Of course, this is your regularly scheduled Sunday Check-in too. And do we have a linky for that? You know it. Click away and tell us all how it’s going (or you can leave something in the comments or on our FB page). We love to hear from you. In fact, you may want to get in touch by the other two methods if you’re interested in Sponsoring or are looking for an Accountability Partner for Round 1 2020.
You know it. We’re headed into the very last days of Round 4—there very last days of 2020 for that matter. And we’re headed for some comfy changes here at the ROW80.
In fact, the first of those changes for 2020 is up… We are bringing back our LINKY list. 🙂
(Yeah, I missed it too.)
And with that, we’re also setting our goals for 2020. Since I’ve been mentioning planning and adjusting for a while now, I thought “Hey, let’s do this thing; let’s start planning for Round 1 2020 right now!” So, here it is, your Wednesday Check-in and your goals post for the New Year.
And remember… if you have any suggestions for improving thing here at the ROW80, let us know. We can’t fix what’s broke if we don’t know about it. 😉
I have to say… I miss hearing from you guys. I mean, yeah, I know a lot of you are checking in to our FB page (Super Kudos to Shan for her maintenance there), but I know a bunch of us still peek at blogs and post our own check-ins on them. Are we not giving you what you need in our ROW80 blog? If not, you should let us know (and if we’re giving you exactly what you’re looking for, let us know that too.)
This is YOUR challenge, folks. Kait Nolan may have started it, but it’s you, all of you, that make the ROW80 what it has been, is today and can be. So let us know.
Oh, and let us know how you’re doing this week as you work toward your goals. It’s check-in time. And as always, you can check-in here or on our FB page. (It’s also sign-up time for Accountability Partners and Sponsors for Round 1 2020, so… let us know your plans.)
Wow! Less than a month of this last Round of Words in 80 Days for 2019!
It’s time to start thinking about what we’ll all be doing in 2020. Time to start planning our next stories, our next projects…. how we’ll be ROWing.
We will be activating sign-ups for Sponsors and Acountability Partners in the next week and a half. If you’re interested in either (or both), let us know. You can post comments here or on our FB page just like always.
Just like you can with your check-in today. Yep, it’s time for that too. 🙂
Are you ready? Ready to write, create and finish those stories you’ve been working on?
Good, because we’re approaching the final Round of Words in 80 Days challenge for 2019. Let’s make it a great one, folks.
Why not get a headstart on your progress by getting your goals posted and tackling a smalll bit of one or two of them before Monday rolls around. You’ll feel better at having started, and you’ll have begun a habit of honoring your creative endeavors.
A “Win Win” if I might say so.
The Goals Linky is up and ready for you to stake a claim to your creative future. Just click here (or on the little blue froggie below) and add your link to the page. Or if you’d prefer to not use the linky tool format, you can pop a comment below or on our FB page.