ROW80: Test Mile Success

Last week’s test mile really helped. I learned that it took me about a half-hour to read ten pages out loud (these pages are 1.5 spacing, set in Times New Roman). This should have netted me about 160 pages if I read a total of eight hours. My RWA chapter meeting was cancelled yesterday, so I was able to get a couple more hours in. Here’s how the week’s goals went:

  1. Do a “test mile” read-aloud of Time’s Fugitive
  2. Eight hours of read-aloud of Time’s Fugitive, hopefully at least 1/4 of the book
  3. Two blog posts plus a ROW80 update on Sunday
  4. Comment on at least 5 blogs this week
  5. Minimum of 3 status updates or shares on Facebook
  6. Tweet at least once a day
  7. Read one Golden Heart entry
  8. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts (bonus: dog walk or some other activity on one of the other two days)
  9. Declutter my desk top (the real one, not the computer desktop)
  10. Bonus: write one book review on Amazon & B&N
I didn’t get any contest entries read, but I only have four more, and they’re not due until March, so I have some wiggle room. I’m doing better on the social networking than I thought; I far exceeded the tweets, Facebook shares, and blog comments. As for decluttering my desk, I’m not going to worry about that for now, as it turns out, the clutter is stuff I’m actively working on (i.e., the Golden Heart entries). What isn’t, is mostly my husband’s. I can collect that into piles and throw away the obvious trash, but otherwise he needs to go through it. And it’s all on the printer cabinet, not in my face, so it’s not a big distraction. I was happy to get to a bonus and get a review up on Amazon and B&N last week.
I’ve also done well on my physical activity. Knowing I get to read when I get on my treadmill is a world of help – it’s the reason I’ve finally found something I can stick with.
The best news was the test mile and reading results – my goal was to read at least a quarter of the book; I read half (which was what I was hoping for). I’m not going to post social media goals this time, I think I’m doing OK there. So here goes for this week:
  1. Finish read-aloud of Time’s Fugitive (about 10 hours)
  2. Read one Golden Heart entry
  3. Three interval workouts plus two short workouts
  4. Write and post review on Amazon & B&N of a friend’s book I just finished re-reading
  5. Bonus: type-in changes from read-aloud and send Time’s Fugitive to beta readers
  6. Bonus: dog walk or other activity in addition to #3

Have you done a test mile with a long-term goal or physical activity? How did you do? Were you surprised?

Thanks to Fabio Bueno for the idea of color-coding our goal accomplishments!

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