Discussion: My Follow Through Game is So Lame

Posted April 15th, 2016 by in Discussions / 8 comments

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Between last week and this week, I realized something about myself: my follow through game is lame. This isn’t a post to shame myself or be self-deprecating. It’s the truth. I am a very organized person but I seem to get very little of my blogging projects done. Once I realized that I spent some time trying to figure out why that is.

I love to make lists. My list game is strong. Lists keep me sane. They keep me focused and it feels so good to strike something from my list. Lists are not my problem. My problem is that I tend to not organize before I start projects. I just jump in and try to sort it out after the fact. Then when it doesn’t work out I throw up my hands and give up. On top of that, I try to work on several big projects at once and spin my wheels getting nowhere fast. I also tend to have unrealistic smaller/weekly goals to get those big projects knocked out.

Once I realized what my pitfalls tend to be, I started working on methods to work around them. My Task It Tuesday posts are always going to show my long term goals that are going to include some years long projects. At the beginning of a project I’m going to draft out what I want to accomplish and why I’m doing. I’m also going to draft out a “how to” so that I can remain consistent through those really long projects.

My first few projects include finishing off my ebook purchases spreadsheet and basically deleting my shelves on GoodReads so that I can get all of the right editions and finally determine how I want to arrange those shelves. Once I’m done with that I’ll move on to reviews and older posts here at Once Upon a Chapter. I’m hoping with my new methods, I can change my follow through game from my shame to my pride!

Stephanie

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8 Responses to “Discussion: My Follow Through Game is So Lame”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    That’s great you were able to step back and realize what you needed to change to make things happen. I do love a good list! I’m trying to focus a lot on my blogging this year, so it’s always nice to see how other people approaching their various projects, etc.

    -Lauren

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    • Stephanie

      Thanks! I think if I can just slow myself down and get myself organized before jumping into massive projects, it’ll be more likely to work. I’ll be more likely to finish the things I set out to do.

  2. Lover Of Romance

    It’s always great to make changes that in the long run make life easier. I am also re doing my shelving on Goodreads too!! It will take a while, but once I am done it will be so much better.

    • Stephanie

      I remember your post on your new GoodReads shelving. You are really getting into the details! I’m just hoping at this point to determine what I have and don’t have. 🙂 We just have to keep looking towards our end goals!

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  3. Michelle@Because Reading

    I might be the exact same why but I tend to talk about what I want to do more than actually doing it. I also tend to talk myself out of doing things until the next day. That is what I like to call being lazy. lol I don’t mean to do it I just can’t seem to get focused or stay focused. The Task it Tuesday and my Planner really help but I now just need to figure a way to get myself to actually do all the things I need to and not wait until the last minuted 🙂

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    • Stephanie

      I so understand where you are coming from! I need to figure out what level of extra blogging “work” I’m comfortable with completing a week and then just do it. I need to get my household stuff back under control too.

      Sometimes though it does feel decadent to just kick back with a book and ignore the rest of the world. 😉

  4. Bianca

    My follow through has been lame recently as well Stephanie. I’ve been slowly getting worse and worse managing my time. This includes for blogging and my personal fitness goals. My disconnect sucks right now and I’m not so sure how to get it back but I really want to. I just bought an awesome new planner so hopefully that helps! Good luck with all your goals.

    • Stephanie

      I’m still not where I want to be but feel like it’s better than I was. I know what you mean about having a sort of disconnect. Right now my biggest issue is writing reviews. I am still reading a TON but review writing has almost become foreign to me. I think I’m going to take this week and just kind of push myself through them and come out the other side. I’m hoping to to form a few new habits this year. I’ll cheer you on and you can cheer me! 😀

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