I had pretty much decided on my goals last week, but then Kait Nolan came along and gave me another idea. She said, and I quote:
I’ve grown and learned as a writer because I have practiced my craft with deliberation [her emphasis] … So if you weren’t born with a natural silver tongue? Guess what? You put in enough deliberate practice and you can learn it. In the end, deliberate practice will ultimately outstrip natural aptitude [emphasis mine].
Where I’d like to put my deliberate effort this quarter is in generating ideas. To that end, my first goal is to generate fifty (50) new ideas for blog posts or stories every week. Sounds like a lot, but it’s just ten a day, Monday thru Friday. Or 7 1/7 Monday thru Sunday.
I have other goals, too:
My second goal is to complete the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month and NaNoWriMo next month. I’m a couple of days behind on the former and in the planning stages on the latter.
My third goal is to read at least a half hour every day. I haven’t been reading at all lately.
The fifth goal is to join FlexJobs.com and find telecommuting work. I’ve been trying to find telecommuting jobs thru the standard channels (Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.) and haven’t had a lot of luck. I get calls from recruiters in the Atlanta area who want to place me until they hear that I have to work from home 100% of the time. Several people have recommended FlexJobs, and it looks like they have a good handle on work-from-home opportunities. If you’ve gotten jobs thru FlexJobs in the past or are working with them currently, please leave me a comment with your assessment. If you’ve worked with other companies to find remote work, please leave me a comment as well. I’d really appreciate your help.
I’ll be doing my updates on Sunday this round, so I’ll see you then. Until then, straight ahead.