ROW80 Reloaded + Mash-up

I mentioned in a previous post that my original ROW80 goals weren’t working for me. Snow, bad habits, and self-doubt derailed my original plan and made me lose my focus.

Back in the saddle again.

On the other hand, it was a good time to be inspired. Bob Mayer’s Write It Forward workshop has been a career-changing event. Angela Wallace reminded me to smile. Myndi Shafer and August McLaughlin made me laugh out loud when I most needed it. Tameri Etherton gave me a Versatile Blog Award, which lifted my spirits. I also learned more about the business with (once again) Bob Mayer, J.A. Konrath, and Debra Holland.

And I had time to work on my new goals–which look like the old ones, but are more balanced and flexible. Besides, now I know why I’m doing them. In my outlines, each scene has a clear, indisputable reason to exist. Likewise, each goal must fulfill a clear need. Here’s what I need to do and why:

  • Write – to keep me sane. But I don’t need to finish a novel in three months; it’s just not my priority at this point.
  • Develop outlines – to be able to write. I just need the basic plot, the ending, and a line describing each chapter. Then I’m free to create.
  • Use my most productive hours (9am to 1pm) to write – so I don’t get frustrated by slow progress.
  • Know where the next checkpoint is – to keep me motivated and focused.
  • Connect with people – for many personal and professional reasons.
  • Exercise – to have energy to accomplish all the above.
  • Study and research – to support my writing goals.

Writing goals:

  1. Write 2500 words/week. At least 2 weekdays dedicated to writing.
  2. Outline of BLUE #2. Write/edit at least once a week.
  3. Outline of CRIMSON. Write/edit at least once a week.
  4. Re-write career plan.

Social Media goals:

  1. Blog schedule: 1 or 2 regular blog posts per week, not includingROW80 updates on Sundays.I can’t post just for posting. If I don’t have something interesting to say, I’ll just shut up.
  2. Create a stash of blog topics and blog posts. 1 weekday dedicated to blog posts.
  3. Support fellow writers. Blog hopping, commenting, facebook, twitter: every day, but no more than 2 hours/day. One hour in the morning and one in the evening.

Personal goals:

  1. Exercise at least 4 times a week (at least 2 runs and 2 workouts).
  2. Study/Research at least 2 hours/week. I really need to reserve time for this one.
  3. Read every day.

Thanks for the support. I’m back in the saddle again!


31 comments on “ROW80 Reloaded + Mash-up

  1. Tim O'Brien

    Good luck with the ‘new’ and more flexible goals!

  2. Karen McFarland

    Fabio, you inspire me!!! And I love that Vlog! Areosmith certainly applies here! :)

    Can I just thank you for how supportive you are! And I like your new goals.

    Take a deep breathe Fabio. We’re all trying to find balance and sanity with our blogs and SM.

    I too love Bob Mayer’s class. Hasn’t it helped you to discover who you are, where you want to go and how to get there? It has for me.

    Please let me know how I can support you Fabio. These are great goals and the Mash-Up was pretty awesome too!

    Thanks and keep Rocking the Row! “You’re Back in the Saddle Again!” :)

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Glad you liked Aerosmith and the mash-up, Karen!
      This post is also related to Bob Mayer’s course (key questions you sould ask yourself etc).
      Thanks for your support–it is important to me.

  3. Jennette Marie Powell

    One of the great things about ROW80 is that we’re encouraged to reevaluate and revise our goals when they aren’t working for us. Sounds like you’ve given yours a good looking-over and reworked them so that they make more sense given your overarching goals and what else is going on in your life right now. Good work – and good luck meeting your new goals!

    1. Fabio Bueno

      That’s right, Jennette (BTW, I know I call you Jen sometimes, but I’m not sure I’m allowed :-) )
      The previous goals were doable, but they weren’t what I really needed. Now I think I’ve found the balance.
      Thanks for the comment!

  4. Marcy Kennedy

    I love your point that goals need to serve a clear purpose :) I flounder a bit when it comes to my social media goals. I love my blog and Twitter keeps me connected and sane, but sometimes I struggle to find my focus on Facebook and Google+ and to know what I want out of the time spent there.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      I totally sympathize. I like my time on Social Media, but the hours fly by sometimes. Let’s see if imposing a time limit works… :-)

  5. August McLaughlin

    Fantastic post, Fabio, and not just because you mentioned me. (KIDDING!) Thank so much for that. The thought adding a laugh or smile to your week makes me smile in return. :)

    Sounds like you’re right on course with your goals. You moved toward them big time simply by making these revelations. Keep it up! Happy saddling.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Thanks August. I like how your posts vary from gut-wrenching raw to outrageously funny. Love your blog.

  6. Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Once again you are bringing your focus, reason, and creativity together in this easy-to-follow, logical plan. I like the way you put things in perspective. Now the bigger picture is clearly visible – you will get there when you are ready, and that might be sooner than you think!

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Thanks, Angela! I wouldn’t be anywhere close to my goals if it weren’t for you and our great critique friends.

  7. Angela Wallace

    I love how you included the why’s behind everything. Those are definitely great for motivation. I’m going to start thinking that way about exercise–change it from “because I should” to “because I want to feel good and have more energy.”

    Thanks for the mention!

    1. Fabio Bueno

      I know, right? Sometimes we don’t know the reason behind our actions and habits. We may find out we don’t even need to keep doing that particular thing. From time to time we need to stop and re-evaluate things. Thanks for stopping by, Angela. And thanks for the smile :-)

  8. Tameri Etherton

    Your goals look a lot like my goals (except the running part, ick). Stick to it, but be flexible and you’ll get there. I’ve heard amazing things about the Bob Mayer workshop and it sounds like it helped you out a lot. Thanks for the mention. We’ve all floundered a bit so you’re not alone. 😉

    1. Fabio Bueno

      I never thought ROW80 would be a smooth ride, but I didn’t expect to hit a bump so early. However, it made me think about a lot of things, so it’s all good :-)
      Thanks for the award, Tameri!

  9. Natasha

    Hi Fabio!I love your post. It was great of you to mention the post of others. They were everything you mentioned. Your new goals are great! The reading everyday is a hard one for me..but one that I’m pushing myself to do.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Hi, Natasha! Yeah, once we get going with writing and socializing, we don’t have much time to read, right? At some point I actually thought that reading successfull authors would “contaminate” my voice, but after a while I’ve found that that’s not the case. They ispire you to find my own voice. So now I need to read.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Jenny Hansen

    Fabio, there’s just nothing like a goal re-assessment and a Write it Forward class to get the batteries charged, eh? Good for you – and your new goals are AMAZING!!

  11. Emma Burcart

    I love that you stopped and re-assessed your goals. It is so important to make sure they are all goals that serve you! I have recently been working to add reading and working out into my daily habits, and I feel so much better now. Like Marcy, I struggle some with social media. Funny, that is also the area that tends to eat up a lot of my time!

    1. Fabio Bueno

      I agree with you, Emma. Social Media is weird. Even when I have a plan (“only 5 blogs today”), I always follow a link in a mash-up, that makes me RT a good find, and when I’m on TweetDeck RT-ing, I see another interesting link, then I have to read it and post it on facebook, and I read about other posts from our group.

  12. Louise Behiel

    it is so wise to stop, regroup and re-assess. well done. I’m coming to the end of a wonderful vacation and I’m ready to jump back into the saddle. which means my goals are good to go.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Yay, Louise! Welcome back. Now that you have recharged your batteries, go accomplish your goals!
      You can start by posting some vacation pictures on your blog! :-)

  13. Barbara McDowell

    Great job with the goals retooling, Fabio! That is the beauty of ROW80 and our customized goals. I also love how you’ve fleshed out the “why” for you on having each goal. Good luck now that you are back in the saddle.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      Thanks, Barbara! I needed to do some soul-searching before I committed to the new goals. Now I feel more confident and ready to go! :-)

  14. Lisa Hall-Wilson

    Great post. I’m not so good at writing down my goals – seems to take all the fun out of it for me :) But I like lists – maybe I just need to change my perspective.

    1. Fabio Bueno

      I understand; I’m a compulsive list-maker. Just glancing away from my laptop, I can see 3 lists on my desk (errands, conferences and dates, characters from WIP). Lists are good! :-)

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