June is a tough month for me, and not because I’m in JuNoWriMo, although I am trying valiantly to keep writing and working on good habits. It is the worst month in the day job, because I have two conferences, one at which I often present, and the other with attendance and note-taking demands, as well as a 6-7 page annual report. On the personal front, June contains several family birthdays, and two death anniversaries. I will gladly see June in my rear view mirror.
Last week was consumed by a conference on Long Island where I had a short piece of a group presentation. We took the scenic route through western Connecticut and then a ferry across Long Island Sound. We managed to sneak in some sightseeing of the historic areas in the Setaukets and Stony Brook, which was fun, and the ferry ride was a nice break from the driving. On the way back, we cut over into New York and took the Taconic north to its terminus. Driving the Taconic was on my father’s bucket list, and I remember how pleased he was a few years ago when I told him we had driven on it.
Luckily, the next conference will fall between the Rounds, so it shouldn’t greatly affect my goals (fingers crossed). I appreciated Eden’s comments on the ROW80 blog about what goals are Attainable (the A in SMART goals), but I hope that Round Three will bring some surcease at the day job.
Speaking of goals, how did I do these past two weeks?
Two blog posts per week–Sunday check-in and one other. Only one the first week, since I missed last Sunday’s check-in. Two this week, with a Father’s Day post and this check-in.
Five sentences of fiction per day. Yes, sometimes an average over a few days, but often I write every day.
Editing one page per day. No. The past two weeks I have been preparing to apply for a sabbatical to finish this book.
Walk ten minutes per day. Yes, easily. I will increase this goal in Round Three, since ten minutes is too easy.
Hydrate and keep track of it. Yes.
Balance exercise every morning. No. I managed to keep up 80% of the time, but not when I was away, and sometimes on cazy stressful mornings, which are sadly the exact times I need the exercises!
Plan every day the evening before, and schedule time for all the above. Not every day, but about 80% of the time. Next Round, I want to add more work on preserving the times I set. I let work situations affect me far too often.
Happy Father’s Day to all who are fathers, and to all who have fathers. May the rest of the day be relaxing and restorative.