Crone’s Corner No 1

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01/10/2020

Under Pressure…

So this is a new type of blog post for me. I thought I would engage more with you by giving advice, or even just my point of view and asking you to respond in the comments – but only if you want to, no pressure.

Do you put pressure on yourself? I know I do. I take on so many things, still thinking I am thirty years old. Of course I am at least twice that age and suffering with chronic pain, so I have learned to pace myself but sometimes, I just forget.

Here are my upcoming plans:

  • Continue my blog into the New Year (2021)
  • Learn to podcast
  • Put my completed but not edited first novel on the back burner until Dec 2020.
  • Compete in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which takes place every year in November – the difference this year is that we will do everything online. This will be interesting when we do write-ins. The aim is to write 50,000 words. I intend doing a totally new project
  • Complete my course of “Sucessful Self-Publishing”
  • Self-Publish my first anthology of poetry.

It is good to have goals but not to overload yourself with an impossible workload. **I learned that goals should be S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Timely

These are used in business goal setting all the time.**

Sometimes, I have to trim the list down or prioritise, month by month.

How do you cope? Have any tips for me, or advice? Please use the comment section. Thanks very much. – Carolyn

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4 Comments

  1. Two of my students keeps setting goals for themselves that are unrealistic – like having a particular thesis chapter finished by a particular date. One never meets those self-imposed deadlines, and then gets really stressed and upset. The other meets the deadlines, but is so rushed she always then needs to spend a lot of time revising – far more time than if she’d slowed down and done a better job in the first place. I wish they’d both stop doing it – stay aware of the external deadlines, but not try to impose on themselves unrealistic internal deadlines.
    So I agree with you – deadlines are important, but they have to be realistic, and there actually has to be a good reason for them. And quality should come ahead of quantity. I’d rather read 5 good pages than 50 poorly written pages (especially if it’s for the fifth time).

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    1. Hi Kate,
      I like to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Which stands for:
      Specific
      Measurable
      Achievable
      Realistic
      Timely
      This type of goal setting is used in business all the time. It is something to be learned and like everything else, it takes time and mistakes before the lesson is learnt. Good luck with trying to impart that to your students. – Carolyn. ❤👩‍🦰🧡🦊❤

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