Return of the fugitive–first check-in 2019

My Round One goals reflect the fact that I never stop to sharpen my saw, which I believe comes from Steven Covey. I should be the poster child for the person who is too busy cutting down trees to stop to sharpen the saw, and therefore gets slower and slower at cutting down trees. The Round One plan is to put some time and effort into organizing and planning. I tend to rush into writing without thinking things through.  While there are many people who can do that successfully, but I am not one of those people. Therefore, I am going to pull back and try to go more slowly.

Grounding mantra: Organize, plan, contemplate

Organizing Goals:

  • Work through Susan Bischoff’s blueprint series, which is based on Randy Ingermanson’s snowflake method (It starts here if anyone is interested in it)
  • Continue to organize the dissertation files, which I swear reproduce at night.
  • Report to my accountability partner every week.

Writing Goals:

  • Write 750 words a day, whether musings, character profiles, or back story.
  • Edit three pages a day of the dissertation.

Health Goals:

  • Walk at least forty minutes a day.
  • Use the standing desk at least three hours a day.
  • Keep current with medical appointments.
  • Meditate daily.

Creativity goals:

  • Draw once a week.
  • Knit for at least a half-hour daily.

As always, these goals may well change as the Round continues, which is the beauty of the challenge. If you’re interested, you can find out more here.


14 thoughts on “Return of the fugitive–first check-in 2019”

    1. I totally understand the need to get away from the computer. I’m on the computer all day at the day job, and I sometimes cannot face more computer time without a break. I love sewing, and used to make all my clothes, but it got sidelined in the last few years. I plan to get back to it, maybe once I retire.
      I hope you have a wonderful 2019 as well. Cate. It is lovely to see you again.

  1. I love the analogy of cutting down trees with a dull saw. I had never heard that before, but oh, how true that is for me. Or when I am not writing, instead of sharpening my saw, I am totally wasting time on other, useless things.
    Have a great week.

    1. Oh, I hear you on the wasting time –sometimes I just can’t knit or even read, and there are just far too many useless things to do far too close at hand! I hope you had a good week, Chris, and feel much better now.

  2. I like the idea of slowing down. I always try to do so much that end up accomplishing very little. Good luck with this new pace. Enjoy your week!

    1. That is exactly what I do, Lila. Without getting things in one place to work efficiently, I run around like a crazy person, always jumping up to do something else, or look for something I’ve misplaced! I hope you had a great week!

  3. These look like great goals! And I can’t wait to check out that blueprint series. Thanks for the link. Slowing down can be really hard, especially when you have built a habit of charging forward. I really like your mantra–I hope it helps you do what you want to do.

  4. The Snowflake Method worked great for me – well, the first three steps or so. After that, it became very counter-intuitive. There’s some kind of mismatch between the way it’s structured and the way my brain works. But I loved reading the book – very well-conceived and so entertaining it made me really WANT the method to work for me.

    Slowing down and getting prepared are things I also struggle with. Your mantra reminds me of one created by unschooling pioneer Sandra Dodd about transitioning to partnership parenting and radical unschooling: “Read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch.”

    If I’d done more of that back then, our lives would have been sweeter and less chaotic that much sooner. I try to learn from that mistake and take more time now … but I remain the Forge Ahead with Big Ideas type, so I often end up revising Earthward, instead…

    So lovely to see you back. May this round exceed your expectations.

    Also – would you have any use for a second standing desk with wheels? Mine is just a tad too short for me, but might be a perfect fit for you. It’s just sitting here collecting dust, and I’d love to give it a home where it can actually be used.

    1. Thank you for the welcome back, Shan. I need to slow down, because I feel the lack of organization despite my lack of ability to stop and actually do something about it.

      I would love to have the standing desk with wheels–given our difference in height, it might well be perfect. I only have one at work, and I have often wished I had one at home. Thank you for offering it!

      1. It’s yours!

        Lise and I will be at the TU Center Tuesday night for a concert. Maybe we could meet you in the late afternoon/early evening?

        If not, I’m sure we can work something else out. The kids are usually willing to go to the State Museum, and Lise loves both B&N and Java’s, so we’ve got options.

        Just let me know what works for you, and it’s all yours. It’s pretty nice; I paid $80 for it new – the only problem is that it’s too short for anyone here, so it’s just taking up space. It should live somewhere it can be useful. =)

  5. Welcome back, Elizabeth. So nice to see you online again. Like Shanjeniah, I was quite excited by Randy Ingermanson’s snowflake method, but got bogged down. Thank you for the link to Susan Bischoff’s shorter version, which I will use even though I’m in the middle of drafting heaven. My current story has a contemporary setting but still 15th Century roots! Your goals seem nicely balanced with lots of reflection woven throughout to support your intuitive writing style, and I hope to hear more about the weekly drawing to promote creativity. I did draw a floor plan (a museum with two towers) that grounded the setting, and was surprised by how much I learned about the setting from drawing it! May the coming Round be good to you.

    1. Thank you, Beth! I’m very intrigued by the 15th century roots you mention–and how cool that you drew a floor plan. As for the drawing, Eden has been encouraging me (and sometimes forcing me, which is needed) to draw, so I am trying to be more consistent. I am terrible at faces, but I want to see if I can draw my vision of my characters. I hope you have a wonderful Round, too.

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