Productivity: February 2013

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So I got this insane genius idea today, something that I’ve mentioned briefly before but never really enforced upon myself.

Basically, what I’m going to do is put up a monthly blog post that will briefly cover my goals for the following month. It’s exciting, I know.

What I’m hoping to achieve by doing this madness is to broadcast my intentions to anyone who cares to listen. By doing this, I will expose myself to my own deadlines. I can’t hide or bury my head in the sand when the world at large can see what I’m doing/supposed to be doing/supposed to have done.

I’m not saying I have legions of fans (perhaps one day, but today is not that day), but I have a small following of people who I’m sure will be more than willing to give me a prod if I seem to veer towards inactivity, or if I deviate too far from my goals. That’s right, fine people of the Internet, I am giving you permission to yell at me.

I won’t be posting ridiculous, unachievable goals. Everything I announce should be doable, excepting unforeseeable events (illness, death, tornados blowing houses away, alien invasions, the Apocalypse, and so on).

The following month will include a summary of how well I’ve performed the previous month, no doubt dusted with hilarity and insight, showing how I’ve grown as an individual, or just how much I hate the world as a result of these tasks.

I’m doing this for a number of reasons, including:

  1. I am notoriously lazy and easily distracted (holy shit, that’s a shocker, who knew, etc.), and I want to get away from the idea that either of those traits is fine, especially when it comes to writing.
  2. I want a visual representation of my progress.
  3. I love organising (because I’m a nerd), and I love spreadsheets (because I’m a super-nerd, and to say I failed college-level maths, I still love working with numbers).
  4. I want to show myself (as well as others) that a set schedule can help boost productivity (you’d think this would be common sense, but oh how wrong you would be)

So, without further ado, here’s the targets for February!

February 2013 Goals

By the end of February 2013, I intend to:

  1. Complete the first draft of The Vampire’s Son. This draft will contain no missing scenes and will have a complete, coherent narrative from beginning to end.
  2. Complete ONE “Music To Write Novels By” Blog Post.
  3. Complete ONE Flash Fiction post.

Technically, February will have skewed figures, since I’m starting on the 12th, but I figure this month will give me good practice to get everything in order for March.

See you next month, I guess.