Friday, September 20, 2013

Milestones - Day 5 - Balance

I love a big pronouncement. I occasionally make them, mostly after a few ciders, but they almost never work for me.
I'm with Steph, it's the small steps that seem to help me most.

For me, my milestones are about keeping a pretty hectic life in order. My milestones are about keeping everything in balance, so nothing in my life feels neglected. When I focus too much on one thing, everything else falls by the wayside and I feel guilty and I get distracted and nothing gets done.

First on my list is writing 5000 new words a week. It's totally doable. Molly and Maureen do this in a day, but for me, this is an achievable goal, and something that will keep me on track.

Edit a previous manuscript and get it ready for release. Three months should be what I need, so by Jan 01st, it should be live.

Eat better - I've made an effort over the past six months to really improve my eating habits. For me it's about making better choices and it's paid off, but I want to continue to work on this. For this I use My Fitness Pal and it's great, it really helps me understand that maybe I can't have the 10 am muffin and the 3pm cookie, but one might be ok.

Continue to workout. I don't have a ton of time, and getting to the gym is an impossibility, so I do at home workout DVD's, which are really effective. I started on P90X and now am working on Insanity. I can't commit to their schedule, but every second day is achievable, so usually I can manage a workout 3-4 times a week.

Read a great book every month. I'm committing to picking up a book from a genre I don't read as much and reading something new every month, whether it's literary, science fiction or fantasy. I need to broaden my reading habits.

That's it, but looking at it right now, it seems like it might be enough. I know from experience if I over commit, I'll get discouraged and nothing will get done.


Eileen said...

Considering everything else you juggle, 5,000 words a week is huge in my opinion.

Maureen McGowan said...

5000 a week is huge. But you're one of the most determined people I know. If you put your mind to something--watch out.

Molly O'Keefe said...

I was at a writer's retreat this weekend - and granted it's only a weekend and it's supposed to be all about writing. But it's amazing how crummy my body feels after a weekend like that. No exercise, pretty crummy eating and a messed up sleep pattern. And I think I slip into that kind of mode all too easily, especially at the end of the book. Balance is key. It's boring as all get out - but it's key.

Eileen said...

I just thought of this now, but how perfect to write a post about balance write at the time of the equinox when day and night come into balance. :-)

Maureen McGowan said...

Nice, Eileen. :)

An aside to demonstrate how much FB and Twitter and Tumblr have invaded my life (vs blogging)... I looked for a full 3-4 seconds for the like button on your comment before I realized, um, this is our blog.

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