- Continue with my 13-month Health Challenge. Read about that Here. My health goal is to walk 30 minutes, 4 days a week. In the Treadmill challenge with Gene Lempp we had set a goal of 32 walks in 60 days. We are on Day 53 and I have completed 26 walks. Just 6 more before the end of the month to meet my goal. Oy! But I am feeling stronger and the walks are getting easier. Walking everyday is really powering me up!
Come join me and my friends at #2012healthchallenge in getting fit and healthier this year! Tell me in your comment what you need to work on. Any small change in movement or eating is a step in the right direction. Put several steps together and you make a big difference in how you look and feel. We have a new Facebook page to meet at and talk about our own personal challenges. Please join us there!
- Write on my projects – 4-5 days per week for a weekly total of 2,500 words. I hit closer to the mark this week writing a total of 2,000 words on my short stories. I hope to have the 1st drafts on some of them done by the end of the month, then I’ll self-edit and get them to beta readers, of which I think I will have 4. Then on to a professional editor or two. Publishing should take place end of March or early April.
- Streamline my social media and support efforts so that I visit all my blogger friends and ROW80 friends over the course of each week. Tweeting, also, for my friends to help promote their work. I did even more streamlining this week. I was invited to join Triberr with my Wana Sistas. (I hope accepting this invitation doesn’t preclude me from joining another tribe.) It’s a tricky thing to make sure everything is posting correctly. Still getting to know how it all works. Jenny Hansen is writing a series of articles on using and enjoying Triberr that are really helping us novices. Check out Triberr Part 1 and Triberr Part 2. So, my blog reading, commenting and socially promoting are on track. I just need to find time now for tweeting conversationally.
If you haven’t tried a writing challenge before, ROW80 is not intimidating or full of pressure. It’s the challenge that knows you have a life. Set reasonable goals and work at meeting them each week. So many ROW80 veterans will tell you that they’ve learned a lot about themselves and the best methods they’ve found to get the job done.
Please check out ROW80 for yourself! Creator, Kait Nolan, offers a flexible, supportive atmosphere for meeting your writing goals, as well as other life goals. There are so many awesome people involved and they make it so much fun! Meet the Sponsors, too. They are the best cheerleaders you could ever hope to have. Don’t forget to go visit some new-to-you blogs and cheer them on in their journey.
Now, a lot of you asked me to outline how I streamlined my blogs. I gave away a few tips on my Life List Club post on Jess Witkins’ blog and you can read that here. Here goes:
1. Look at your list of blogs that you read and comment on or simply glean information from. Do you have a lot coming into your email inbox AND Google reader or another depository?
I have some in my Google Reader simply because I wasn’t able to subscribe to certain blogs with my email, which I prefer. I hate going to more than one location to take care of a particular task. Consequently, I never get over to the Google reader to read those blogs. So, I deleted them. Yes. All of them. No more guilt or stress!
I have also unsubscribed to many, many blogs that are delivered to my inbox. Why, you ask? Some I just never could get to and others turned out to be not-so-very-interesting or helpful. I have a limited time to spend on reading, commenting and promoting other blogs so I had to make a choice. Which blogs do I love and which blogs can I always learn from? The answer to that question was my vehicle for deleting all the rest. No more backlog of blogs to read that number into the hundreds!
2. List the blogs you’ve kept and tweet them and facebook them as you read them. If you belong to Triberr, you can easily promote all your tribe members in just a few minutes, even without reading the blogs, if you’re super short on time. But, bear in mind, that’s one more place to go to read, comment and promote.
If you have a WordPress hosted blog, you can adjust how often you receive the other WP blogs in your email inbox. Just go to your Dashboard and click on ‘Blogs I Follow’. When you open that tab, all of the WP blogs you read are listed there. Look at the column entitled ‘Delivery Frequency’ You can choose to receive the posts immediately upon posting, daily (1:00am-3:00am) or on Mondays (1:00am-3:00am). There are only a few that I need immediately. The rest can be delivered to me on Mondays and I’ve designated that day to go back over the previous week’s blog and read, comment and promote to my heart’s content. No more worries about who I’ve promoted and read and how many more are going load up my email and make me feel pressured. YAY!
AND, now WordPress just improved their “Blogs I Follow’ tab so you can import even your non-Wordpress blogs to this list. So, you can really see EVERY blog you follow in one list. I reblogged the Wordpress post on this topic yesterday and you can read all the details here.
3. Definitely set up TweetDeck or HootSuite to schedule conversational tweets and additional promotion of your own blog. Once you schedule it, you can close your mind to it. DONE!
These tactics constitute a strategy that keeps me from getting scatterbrained, stressed and feeling guilty. I hate getting too busy to promote someone who promotes me regularly. This leaves me more time to do the conversational tweets and reaching out to groups other than writers.
One last tidbit – Schedule your daily time putting your WIP FIRST, above all! Second place goes to your own blog, the foundation of your platform, and Social Media comes in 3rd. If you have a core group of blogging friends, you should be able to count on their loyalty when you’re having a rough week or a few rough weeks. It happens. I’ve been there and am quick to apologize for my absence and try not to let it happen often.
Good luck setting up a schedule and be kind to yourself first.
Next week I’ll bring you my tips for getting your blog writing done better and faster!
Have a great week on the ROW! Please share with me how your week went and what you have to look forward to. Do you have other tips for balancing all your tasks to share?