I noticed during the A to Z Blogging Challenge what I've known all along. I tend to be more disciplined when I am held accountable in some fashion. So when I read about ROW80 over on Celine Jeanjean's Blog I knew I had to be a part of it.
ROW80: A Round of Words in 80 Days, is a different kind of writing challenge. You set your own goals (as long as they are measurable) within a time frame of 80 days. The challenge is held four times a year and they are currently on round 2.
This round started back in April 7th but you are free to join whenever you please. All you have to do is link your goals post to their website on one of the check-in days; Sunday or Wednesday. Once that's done you use the subsequent check-in days to update others on your progress.
What really caught my attention about this challenge is that it is very flexible. You are free to update or tweak your goals as you go along. And there are those who don't limit their goal setting to just writing. I thought this was great and decided to give it a go.
Writing GoalsSo lately my creative writing has come to a stand still so I thought that for this first week I would concentrate on word vomiting (Celine used this term and I really liked it). Simply writing. Writing for an hour a day, seven days a week.
I sometimes get stuck on thinking about structure or research for too long and push writing back a bit. It takes me a bit to get into the flow of writing but once I'm there I love it. So this week is about simply getting into that zone.
Reading GoalsI've added a page to my blog dedicated to the Book Blogger Summer Reading Program hosted on Katie's Book Blog. From now until the beginning of September I've set myself the goal of reading 17 books. This translates to a book a week.
After finishing each book I will write a review post here on my blog.
Blogging GoalsA blog post four times a week at least. If I have more to write about great! But I want four to be the limit. This includes but is not limited to a drawing post, a book review, at least one ROW80 update and flash friday (flash fiction meme).
Personal GoalsExercise: I've stopped for almost a month now and I'm afraid my mini muscles will disappear. It also does wonders for keeping my depression at bay so starting tomorrow I start up the Insanity Program again. This time however I will focus on just finishing the first month. If at the end of the month I feel like continuing I will. If not I will do some other form of exercise.
Drawing: I have drawing class twice a week and I should really stop procrastinating my work for the day before the lesson so I want to draw 2 hours a day. Why does drawing get more time than writing? The style I draw in demands at least that to be taken seriously.
WaniKani: WaniKani is a website where you can practice Japanese characters called kanji. I've been slacking on my kanji lately and I need to visit this site at least once a day. I'm currently on level 8 and would like to be completing level 9 by the end of June.
Okay so those are my goals. They are doable I just need the accountability factor to keep me going. Whoo let's get to it then shall we?