Achieve my goals with this one weird trick
When I set my goals for this year, I pledged to continue the things I thought worked last year (which includes posting regular updates) and added some new things. It’s a new month, so here’s the next report!
So, how did I do…?
First, my specific goals for May were:
- Complete my North American Fur contribution and upload the file to the publisher. Done!
- Go see Avengers: Age of Ultron with some awesome people and hangout afterward. Done!
- Get Date Night happening a bit more regularly again, including dragging my hubby to see the new Mad Max movie. We have not managed to see Mad Max, yet, and it’s driving me crazy! However, we did more than one date night in May before my husband came down with the Cough of Doom™.
- Upload the overdue project to the on-demand service before the in-laws arrive in town. Failed miserably.
- Run a Steampunk game and have the virtual Cthulhu Ponies session. Done!
- Get some writing or editing in before things get crazy. Done!
- Write at least two blog posts about things I like rather than ranting. Done! More than done! I did it without doing a Sunday Funnies post as one of the blogs!
- Have fun with the brother-in-law and sister-in-law when they are here. I have the best siblings-in-law in the world. We took them to several of our favorite restaurants. We went on the harbor cruise. We went to the Aquarium. We went to the Pacific Science Center. We went up in the Space Needle. I and them went bar-hopping one night while Michael went home early to crash.
- Attend EverfreeNW. I spent a long weekend at the hotel near the con. I didn’t pre-reg this year for various unplanned reasons, and then I fell and seriously sprained my ankle a couple of days before the convention. We went ahead and checked into the hotel, and my hubby picked up his badge and went to lots of con events. I took several naps. I hung out in the hotel bar and did some writing. I chatted with several friends who were attending the convention. I wheedled a bunch of friends who weren’t attending the con into coming and hanging out in the bar and restaurant with me one day. So, I’m counting this as achieved.
And how about the more abstract goals for the year? Each goal is paired with some specific tasks based on the notion of trying to replace a bad habit with a good one:
Write more, rant less. My tasks are: listen to non-political podcasts or audiobooks every week; spend at least one lunch break a week reading one of my ebooks instead of the news; continue to spend at least half of my lunch break writing; give myself a monthly quota of blog posts about things I love; set specific monthly writing goals in each check-in.
I only listened to one episode of Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, but I listened to several episodes of The Sewers of Paris and The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. I continued trying out new podcasts to expand my selections of non-news things to listen to. I’ve been reading various stories nominated for the Hugo Awards, and even got some time in on my current ebook. And I got most of this months writing tasks finished (see above), so I’m counting this as accomplished!
Take care of myself. My tasks are: get back in the habit of waking up on weekends at nearly the same time as work days; get back in the habit to making weekly meal plans together; get back in the habit of setting up my pill-minder every week.
I kept to my sleep schedule quite well. I noticed that a symptom which I had originally thought was part of the extra intense hay fever was continuing to happen at very specific times of the day, and guessed that it might mean that my 14-year battle to keep pre-diabetes advancing to full-fledged may have finally been lost. The next morning my doctor confirmed it, and now I get to poke myself with a lancet every morning, test my blood, and inject myself with slow acting insulin. On the plus side, when I wake up at that usual time in the morning I’m jumping right into that task. I’ve been doing a good job of keeping my levels down where they need to be. I’m logging my meals as well as using apps on my phone to keep track of my walking (which I was doing before).
The other good news is that I’ve started losing weight steadily since I started the insulin. I had been told that this might happen.
Enjoy time with friends. My task is to make an effort at get-togethers to ask leading questions.
In addition to organizing the group movie outing, and our usual get-togethers for gaming with friends, I also wound up organizing the silly event Saturday I called No Badge Con, which was just getting a bunch of friends who were not attending the convention to come join me at the adjacent hotel to hang out, chat, do some brainstorming on stories, have dinner, and otherwise just have a good time. So this one definitely was accomplished this month!
Paint, draw, and make music. The one specific task is to draw or doodle some fan art for projects I love.
I doodled, but didn’t get beyond that. I also worked on the map for the Ponies game, so I’m going to count that.
The next two months are going to be interesting. We have more family coming to visit. We have managed to schedule at least one activity for every weekend in both June and July. And since my niece just had a baby, I’d kind of like to find some time to drive down and visit. But for now, my tasks for June are:
- Either find those doodles and scripts I had started for some Deer Me fan strips and send them to Sky, or write some new ones.
- Make sure that Date Night does not become a casualty of our busy weekends. (And go see Mad Max!)
- Write at least four blog posts about things I like rather than ranting.
- Finish fixing the gaping plot hole in book two and have a new chapter to read at Writers’ Night.
- Get the late project finished and uploaded.
- Have fun with my father-in-law when he’s in town.