The end of the A-Z challenge brings me very neatly back to normality – normality being Thursday as a blogging day!
April was a very different month as far as achieving my goals were concerned, but I expected that. I knew that to dedicate my time to the challenge I would be sacrificing the other tasks, but I think I underestimated the demand on my time that the challenge would have. Or perhaps it just wasn’t the right month for me. Being Easter holidays, my shifts at work were slightly different, then I had a week off and the bank holiday weekend, before cutting Harry’s nursery hours this week prior to maternity leave. I definitely didn’t throw that into my calculations and it certainly shows that I need to think seriously about managing my time this month as that quality ‘me time’ is no more so I need to be much stricter in saying to Harry and my husband that I want so much time every day to do such and such a task. Because otherwise I will get to the end of May and accomplished nothing. And I cannot afford that. I am waiting to hear back from two agents any day now and then I will have nothing out there so I need to get some more submissions out for one thing!
Anyway, as for April. I found the A-Z much harder than expected, but I think that was mainly down to managing my time. I was late on a few posts and played catch-up around Easter when we’d had a few days away. But I didn’t give up. I didn’t want to because I was thoroughly enjoying my topic of research and wish I could have gone into certain things in a lot more depth. My main problem though was when it came to visiting other blogs. I knew that bit would be hard though. Writing and research come easy, but ‘being sociable’ is difficult for me. I started off well but when time became constrained I sacrificed that aspect of the challenge.
Given everything I have written today, my key goals for May are as follows:
– submit my MS to at least five agents
– visit and comment on five new blogs a week
– reassess my writing time for the next three weeks (I finish work on the 23rd so after that it will be an entirely different story!)