Welcome to another Thursday Update!
This week I want to give an update on some personal goals of mine for 2015.
Those astute readers might have noticed there was no Monday post on the blog. My goal for 2015 was to get a post a week up, every Monday. Now after a few months of keeping on track I’ve missed a week, so what happened?
Well, for starters, I had been writing on the weekends and editing on Monday as I post the blogs. Three weeks ago Kelly and I finally closed on 10 acres of land so I have been spending my weekends working at our new property instead of sitting at home writing. This means that my regular schedule shifted to Monday nights after work.
This Monday, after a busy day at the shop, Kelly and I had the opportunity to spend time with some close friends that we have been missing for a while, so I decided I could post the blog on Tuesday instead and spend some overdue time with close friends.
Tuesday I got invited to a Toastmasters group by a friend. One of my goals for 2015 is to do some regular public speaking and this included the strategy of joining a Toastmasters group here in Charlotte to improve on my speaking skills, but which of the 60 groups should I join?
So, when I was invited to one of the better groups in the area, I skipped the blog on Tuesday to attend an event and it was awesome! I will be returning next week and will likely join this group and make it a regular meeting helping me to further my public speaking ambitions and to learn/improve some new skills.
Wednesdays are usually packed for me and my mother came back from her trip to Canada so we had diner together and caught up, so I skipped the blog on Wednesday too.
So why didn’t I get a blog uploaded? I disrupted my writing routine by getting busy on the weekends and adding some more projects/commitments to my schedule. This meant that my usually quick edit/post session on Monday was not possible so I ended up sacrificing my writing opportunity this week.
When starting new habits, sticking to the routine is very important. I may have to re-evaluate my schedule and see what I can work in now that we will be unavailable most weekends.
Now with all that said, I am not completely bummed about the missed blog because I have been directing a lot of my energy toward another goal for 2015, public speaking. This is obviously a better excuse than say, sleeping in all week long.
In other, related news, I’m happy to say my first speaking opportunity will be next Wednesday at 2:00 for the South Park chapter of the newly formed Business Klub here in Charlotte. I will be writing and presenting a speech about online reviews and reputation to a group of business owners and entrepreneurs. If it is useful it will become a regular talk that I will be able to give to 7 or 8 other meetings around Charlotte and it will be a great opportunity for practice and improvement.
Currently I am on track for my first group of 90 day personal goals in 2015 although it is possible I may have to alter my writing schedule over the next few weeks in order to put as much effort as I can into my public speaking. As I get a little more comfortable with that, the time required will be much less and I will be able to pour more of myself back into writing.
At the very least I will continue the Thursday Updates for those who want to keep up. My biggest challenge to success is going to be and has always been stretching myself thin and not getting enough progress on all my projects.
It’s looking like I also may be putting my racing hobby on hold for 2015 in order to get through some of these goals and work on our property and finish renovating our motor coach. All this while running and growing our existing business and exploring two new business opportunities mean there is a lot on my plate and I’m going to be keeping an eye on what I’m doing to make sure I’m not taking on more than I can handle, which could be exactly what is going on.