Sunday, March 23, 2014

Things will be different next time

As I mentioned in my last post, this was the week that my daughter and I had the fundraiser for our nonprofit, Tumaini Volunteers. It took up way more time than even I had expected. I spent two whole nights and days in the clutches of my psychopathic 23-year-old daughter. Yes, she is just like her mother! But somehow, over all from the start of this Round (when did it start anyway?) until now, I seem to have fared fairly well.

A. Weekly goal
1. Read five other blog posts a week.  Yes.       
2. Read ten hours a week in one of the books I am reading.  Yes. The one good thing that came from spending two nights at my daughter’s was that I started reading one of her roommate’s bathroom books. When I left Friday morning, I asked if I could borrow it. Like I need to be reading another book right now. I know.  
B. Goals for the Round                           
1. Have finished reading five books.  Yes, I have read five books. Wish I could tell you what they are, but you just have to trust me.

A. Weekly goal
1. Work on something five times a week.     
a. Work on “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”, the second book in the Bible Stories in 40 Days series. No.   
b. Write on my novel. Yes, I have finished writing chapter 19. I have really fallen behind.   
c. Write my blog posts. No. Overall, I think that four or five of the weeks, I missed one post, but oh well.
B. Goals for the Round.  
1. Have finished the first draft of “The Early Life of Jesus in 40 Days”. No.
2. Have written half of my novel.  Yes, even though I changed my mind the first of March and had big plans to finish my novel, I can comfortably say I am half-way done with it.

A.      Weekly goal.
1. Promote either one of my books on one other site or in person. No, I don’t remember.  
2. Comment on two other blog posts.  Yes.
3. Research markets for an hour. No, not really.
4. Keep up on social media, responding to all messages.  Yes.
5. Contact one organization about a speaking engagement. No.
B. Goals for the Round
1. Have submitted three pieces somewhere. No, but I did submit something yesterday, so, oh, boy, I got two-thirds of this one.  
2. Have booked three speaking engagements or book signings. No, I really stunk at this one. I only had that one radio interview that I am plugging in here.   

A. Exercise - Continue exercising four times a week, including running on the treadmill.  No, I decided that when I had that few minutes each morning or each evening, it was better to sleep.
B. Nonprofit - Continue working on Tumaini Volunteers, Inc., applying for tax exempt status by the end of the Round.  Yes, and this is what took up ALL of my time this week. I was gone from Wednesday evening until Friday morning working on our fundraiser. We did ok, unless you look at all of the time we put into this thing, and then our numbers really suck. (I never use that word, but sometimes a person just needs that much emphasis.) My daughter wants to take a break, but I just think we need to keep plowing ahead or we will never get ahead of this thing.
C. Sewing - Finish two projects this Round. Yes, I sewed a pair of curtains and a scrub top for work.

So here’s the deal. Next round – one goal and one goal only. Think I can stick to that? 
The Board of Directors for Tumaini Volunteers, Inc.


  1. I've been keeping my goals really simple the last few rounds. I might kick that into a little higher gear next round.

  2. Congratulations on being halfway through the novel! And for getting your charity paperwork filed. Also, for surviving the fundraising event. I'm sure that was all kinds of hectic!

    For the next round, I'm planning on one main goal per month, with maybe a few smaller side goals along the way. Not that I've had a lot of goals this time around, but I'm hoping to narrow my focus and get more organized in my writing.

  3. Hello, Chris. I always like to check in on your progress, knowing your tendancy to seek balance as well as forward momentum on a variety of goals. I still admire that breakdown you show between goals for the round and those weekly goals. In the everyday decisions we make, we then achieve our larger goals! Yes, I'm going a little simpler next time and hope to be a little calmer in the process. Cherish each day.