Accountability, Week Eight

Second to last week of my productivity drive. I started a bit behind, but got a payday from a forgotten source to put me over the hump. I hope this is helpful to somebody, rather than just serving me and myself alone.

  • Total Earnings Goal: $3,000
  • Total Earnings This Week: $3,275
  • Earnings Compared to Benchmark: 109%
  • Total Earnings So Far: $17,420
  • Progress Toward Long-Term Goal: 87%
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Accountability, Week Seven

Back in the saddle this week. Still a little rocky, physically, but my energy and concentration are back. Apologies for no Friday update — had a fascinating family thing I’ll probably report on this week.

  • Total Earnings Goal: $2,250
  • Total Earnings This Week: $2,400
  • Earnings Compared to Benchmark: 106%
  • Total Earnings So Far: $14,145
  • Progress Toward Long-Term Goal: 71%
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Accountability, Week Six

Rough week, accountability-wise. I set my goal for this week low, because of my surgery on Tuesday, and failed to meet even that goal. I did make all my deadlines, in terms of articles I’d promised to deliver, but wrote very little more than that.

This was bound to happen over the corse of nine weeks of work, and I will need to adjust my goals going forward in order o make up for the shortfall. It’s all part of treating my writing like a business. Businesses have bad weeks, but they track their statistics carefully enough to catch trends before they become bad months.

Stats for this week:

  • Total Earnings Goal: $1,000
  • Total Earnings This Week: $735
  • Earnings Compared to Benchmark: 73%
  • Total Earnings So Far: $11,745
  • Progress Toward Long-Term Goal: 59%
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Accountability, Week Five

Not much to say this week. Had a lot of stuff going on, and I made my quota. Home now after a long trip to the beach and a generally long and rocky weekend.

I should be going to bed, but I’ m posting because I said I would. I guess that’s the freelancing advice for this post. Sometimes you have to do what you don’t necessarily want to simply because it’s what you said you would do.

Stats for this week:

  • Total Earnings Goal: $2,000
  • Total Earnings This Week: $2010
  • Earnings Compared to Benchmark: 100%
  • Total Earnings So Far: $11,010
  • Progress Toward Long-Term Goal: 55%
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Accountability, Week Four

I fell $130 short of goal this week. I could slam it out tonight, but instead I’m going to spend time with family who’s home for Easter. Part of this is because of the holiday weekend, part of it is due to the nice weather. A large part can be blamed on having discovered the program Sons of Anarchy.

The nice thing is that I beat my benchmarks during some earlier weeks. Meaning that, although I’m slightly behind for this week, I’m still ahead slightly towards my overall goals. This, I think, is the big lesson here. Tom Callos drummed into me about the power of slow, steady progress toward a goal. I slacked off this week, but I’m good to go because I’ve been on the path thus far. If I’d been slacking off for all the weeks, I’d be in a world of hurt.

Stats for this week:

  • Total Earnings Goal: $2,250
  • Total Earnings This Week: $2,110
  • Earning Compared to Benchmark: 94%
  • Total Earnings So Far: $9,000
  • Progress Toward Long-Term Goal: 45%
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