Next week will be nine months since I started this blog sequence. As with anything consistency is key. Since a couple weeks ago, I’ve switched from the daily mini goals over the single daily priority. I’m still having a bit of a challenge in the transition, but my overall progress is a steady march forward.

The writing remains my top priority. I’ve started ghostwriting again with my new routine in place. I managed to write 8209 words of my own work and 9371 words of ghostwriting for a total of 17,580 words or just over 70 pages. I expect a similar count this week, but next week will be spring break, and I hope to double or triple that word count.

I completed Grant Cardone’s Be Obsessed or Be Average. My favorite part of the beginning is the 1st half and the last section. It’s a great book, and my only criticism is that I think sleep is necessary to function at one’s maximum. Still, it’s a phenomenal book that I highly recommend.
I completed 20 podcast episodes including EOFire 1539-1549, MWF Motivation 237-243, and The Creative Penn 6/5/16, 6/19/16.

My other weekly goals have floundered, but this past week I’ve started outsourcing some of my activities including emailing and some graphic design work. I still haven’t gotten around using Scrivener, but that will change as I come up on the completion of my latest book.

Audiobooks Completed

Be Obsessed by Grant Cardone

Audiobooks in progress 
Shantaram

Book in progress 
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Podcasts
EOFire 1539-1549
MWF Motivation 237-243
The Creative Penn 6/5/16, 6/19/16.

Goals For the week of 3/12/17
Morning Routine
Dream Journal
Affirmations
Read routine & goals
Calendar
Scale
Floss, Brush, MW
Drink water
5 minute meditation
Goals Journal
45 minute writing sprint
Look at vision board
Positive sayings
Workout
Coffee & Breakfast

Afternoon Routine
Meditate/ Nap
Afternoon exercises
Read 25 minutes
Plan 25 minutes for writing
Look at today’s calendar
Look at routine & daily goals
Review show notes
Review idea sheet

Grouped Daily Tasks.
Sun Read, &  study Japanese
Mon Focus on Top Weekly Goal
Tues Visit genre hangouts: Reddit, Twitter, etc.
Wed Contact 10 authors, & 10 fiction and nonfiction reviewers each
Thurs Read 25 minutes of improving writing, Read 25 minutes about genre tropes
Fri Email, product & marketing analysis,  
Sat Time travel diaries entries, blog post, & guest blog post, headline & book titles. Contact publishers, agents, etc. 

Before Bed Routine
Floss, Brush, MW
Daily reflection & Checklist
Plug in word count 
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Write tomorrow’s goals & calendar
Affirmations
Look at vision board
Review next morning’s writing plan

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software
 
 
I’m currently listening to Grant Cardone’s Be Obsessed or Be Average, and I’m loving it! I finished The 10X Rule a while back, but this is The 10X Rule on steroids. It’s more meaty, more specific, and more inspirational. I can honestly say I get Grant Cardone, and after being on his show for a very short time a while back as a caller, I feel even more connected to his message. Pick up the book and listen. He does his own narration, and he’s awesome. How could he not, he’s totally obsessed! I’m halfway through, but this is one of the listen twice in a short time kind of books.

As far as my progress this week, I’m feeling inspired by Grant. I’ve stuck to my three key objectives every single day, writing, reading, and planning. I haven’t missed a day in over two month’s. This week, I wrote 7,052 words of my own work, slightly off my pace from last week, but I wrote an additional 2500 words as a ghostwriter.

I prefer writing for myself, but I’m going to give it another go since I’ve improved my routine, developed some killer habits, and I’m feeling pumped! We’ll see if Grant is right and I draw some critics telling me to slow down.

It’s already happened a few times. I’ll spare the haters out of politeness, but I’m doing something right if I’m starting to draw some criticism.  

My transition from task switching and grouped daily activities wasn’t perfect. I dropped the ball on Saturday with some of my planned writing, but I’m still please with my progress. This week will be even better, and I’m confident it will maximize my time to focus, and obsess, on the things that are my current focus, namely writing.

I’ve gotten great news on the publishing front, but I can’t say more beyond that, and I’m nearing the end of my time travel book. I’ll enter the editing phase soon and start working on some pen name products once that happens.

I finished the audiobooks You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero and The Science of Getting Rich by Gregory David Roberts. If I’m being completely honest, I had some issues with both books. I’ll take action over mysticism any day. Both were heavy in the latter in different flavors. They still had some redeeming qualities, but nothing like Grant Cardone’s Be Obsessed.

I finished reading Collide by Michelle Madow and am currently reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I completed 14 podcast episodes including MWF 232-236, EOFire 1533-1538, The True Performance Show by Zigler episode 443, and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe episode 605-606.

For my second complete second month since keeping track of my word count I wrote 35,260 words, up from 23,592 in January. This week I’m going to shred it. I’m pumped. I’ve listed my weekly goals below, and I’m already through half of them. See you next week.



Audiobooks Completed
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

The Science of Getting Rich by Gregory David Roberts

Audiobooks in progress 
Be Obsessed by Grant Cardone

Book Completed

Collide by Michelle Madow

Book in progress 
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Podcasts
MWF 232-236

EOFire 1533-1538 
The True Performance Show by Zigler episode 443
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe episode 605-606  

Goals For the week of 3/05/17
Morning Routine
Dream Journal
Affirmations
Read routine & goals
Calendar
Scale
Floss, Brush, MW
Drink water
5 minute meditation
Goals Journal
40 minute writing sprint
Look at vision board
Positive sayings
Workout
Coffee & Breakfast

Afternoon Routine
Meditate/ Nap
Afternoon exercises
Read 25 minutes
Plan 25 minutes for writing
Look at today’s calendar
Look at routine & daily goals
Review show notes
Review idea sheet

Grouped Daily Tasks.
Sun Read, &  study Japanese
Mon Clean desk, add books to master doc
Tues Visit genre hangouts: Reddit, Twitter, etc.
Wed Contact 10 authors, & 10 fiction and nonfiction reviewers each
Thurs Read 25 minutes of improving writing, Read 25 minutes about genre tropes
Fri Email, product & marketing analysis,  
Sat Time travel diaries entries, blog post, & guest blog post, headline & book titles. Contact publishers, agents, etc. 

Before Bed Routine
Floss, Brush, MW
Daily reflection & Checklist
Plug in word count 
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Write tomorrow’s goals & calendar
Affirmations
Look at vision board
Review next morning’s writing plan

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software  

 
 
After taking a careful look at my progress, I’ve realized I’ve introduced some inefficiencies with daily task switching. From this week forward, I’ve sorted most of my daily mini goals and routine items into groups. I’m still keeping my three routines, but I have streamlined them. Instead of the minigoals, which I’ve since scaled up, I’ve selected specific days of the week for similar activities. This should increase the output and reduce the required time. I’ll still do my three key things daily: writing, reading, and planning.

Consistency is key. I finished another guest blog post, 24 Reasons Why Time Travel is the Ultimate Super Power on Geeks dot Media. The feedback has been great. I’ve been doing quite a bit of non-fiction recently, so it’s nice to switch gears again into my wheelhouse, though technically it was still nonfiction but about a fiction topic. I didn’t get to write about something I’m very passionate about, and the feedback has been good.

For my new software tool, I’ve finally downloaded Scrivener. I’m approached the last twenty percent of my time travel book’s first draft, and I plan to import my document and flesh out a second draft using Scrivener. Based on my schedule, I suspect that will be during spring break.

I completed The Successful Author Mindset and How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn. Both were great books, though I was familiar with much of the content. I’ve since began listening to her Joanna Penn’s podcast, and from what I’ve heard, we share many of the same listening habits.

I missed my goal of going to a new place, but I’m still please with my progress this week. I wrote another 7693 words or just over 30 pages. It’s less than last week, but still a healthy amount.

I finished nine podcast episodes Eofire 3126-1332, 5/22/16 Writing Tips: Outlining For Genre And Literary Fiction With Libbie Hawker by Joanna Penn.


Audiobooks Completed
The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn
How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

Audiobooks in progress 
Shantaram by Gregory Roberts
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Book in progress 
Thief in Time by Cindy Swanson


Podcasts
Eofire 3126-1332, 

Writing Tips: Outlining For Genre And Literary Fiction 
With Libbie Hawker by Joanna Penn episode 5/22/16 

Goals For the week of 2/26/17
Morning Routine
Dream Journal
Affirmations
Read routine & goals
Calendar
Scale
Floss, Brush, MW
Drink water
5 minute meditation
Goals Journal
40 minute writing sprint
Look at vision board
Positive sayings
Workout
Coffee & Breakfast

Afternoon Routine
Meditate/ Nap
Afternoon exercises
Read 25 minutes
Plan 25 minutes for writing
Look at today’s calendar
Look at routine & daily goals
Review show notes
Review idea sheet

Grouped Daily Tasks.
Sun Read, &  study Japanese
Mon Clean desk, add books to master doc
Tues Visit genre hangouts: Reddit, Twitter, etc.
Wed Contact 10 authors, & 10 fiction and nonfiction reviewers each
Thurs Read 25 minutes of improving writing, Read 25 minutes about genre tropes
Fri Email, product & marketing analysis,  
Sat Time travel diaries entries, blog post, & guest blog post, headline & book titles. Contact publishers, agents, etc. 

Before Bed Routine
Floss, Brush, MW
Daily reflection & Checklist
Plug in word count 
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Write tomorrow’s goals & calendar
Affirmations
Look at vision board
Review next morning’s writing plan

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software 

 
 
Week #35 is in the bag with more progress. I completed several audio books this week including Rework, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and the Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. I actually had a sample one hour coaching session based off a free offer in the Strangest Secret. Unfortunately, the session wasn’t able to provide any additional insights.

I completed all of my weekly goals. My word count was down from the week prior, but I still types thirty pages worth of content and am approaching the end of the first draft of my latest fiction novel. I’ve also made some potential inroads with one of my goals, though I’m not at liberty to discuss the details other than that it’s a big goal, and I’m very pleased.

Looking at progress and relevance with my routine, I made some additional refinements. For the coming weeks, I’m adding a twenty-five minute planning session to my mid-afternoon routine. The planning had been lacking and has held me back with some of my word count. I don’t plan on making too detailed of a plan, but have a rough idea about where I’m going the next couple of writing sessions will be beneficial.

I’m also rethinking some of my yearly goals. I’d hoped to have a product to monetize my website, specifically tied to my self-help book that I wrote over the summer. After following the rabbit hole, it’s time to take advice from the general consensus of respected leaders and narrow to focus specifically to my writing. I can come back to that component later once I've made sufficient progress on the main goal of publishing two books. 

Specifically, my focus will shift to writing more, reading more, and creating the reader magnets (free enticements to get people to join my mailing list) within the books themselves. I’ve struggled with conversions on the reader magnets and landing pages even after improving the copywriting on the landing pages, but most authors who use them agree the greatest conversion will be from the magnets within the books themselves as opposed to external landing pages.

I also completed nine podcasts EOFire Episodes 1517-1525 & Creative Writing Career episode 8/22/16, and am nearly finished with reading Thief in Time by Cindy Swanson. I went a couple new shops in town as my new place, met several new people, a familiarized myself with Bookfunnels, which I'll be using for my reader magnets. 


As always, please drop a note in the comments section to let me know your thoughts. And if you love time travel, drop by my new daily blog, The Time Travel Diaries

Audiobooks Completed
Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale

Audiobooks in progress 
Shantaram by Gregory Roberts

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn
How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

Book in progress 
Thief in Time by Cindy Swanson

Podcasts
Eofire November bonus episode & 1517-1525
Writing Career 8/22/16


Goals For the week of 2/19/17
Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
Write in my daily goals journal
5-minute meditation
40 minute writing sprint
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee

After Work Routine
Meditate 5 min
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Afternoon exercises
25-minute fiction reading
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Review show notes.
Clean up one thing on computer desk
25 minute planning for next mornings writing

Evening Routine

Floss, Brush, MW
Track word count
Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Read Japanese book in Kanji (1 paragraph)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Say affirmations

Additional daily mini goals
Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence
Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business
Track word count

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software 
 
 
Another week of steady but consistent progress. It’s taken a while to find a rhythm and effective routine, but I’ve finally found a groove and continue to make changes as needed to increase the effectiveness and habits built around that routine.

I finished audiobook Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy. I’ve been meaning to get around listening to the book for a while, and I’m glad I did. I’ve unknowingly heard Tracy’s voice in prior writing. I heard Napoleon Hill (which he references) and Zig Zigler (which he didn’t) several times as well.

I also finished reading another fiction book, Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant. I’m currently reading a Thief in Time by Cindy Swanson. In addition, I wrote 10,794 words for the week. That’s my second seasonal writing record in a row since summer. I expect to write around the same word count this week, possibly more if I’m lucky.

Aside from completing all my weekly goals, I also clarified some of my goals, and decided to pivot on some other ones. I drew up a list of highest priority near term goals and made progress on them this weekend. As mentioned earlier, I’m planning on publishing my self-help book on my own if I don’t get any offers to my pitches in the next couple of months.

In addition, once I’m finished writing my time travel book, I’ll work on a series of short books while I’m waiting to hear back from my agent. It will be a new short story series under a pen name. This requires more work on my part, but I’ve partly streamlined the process and the anonymity will allow me to test a few techniques and increase engagement with my current readers and fans.  

For those struggling with increasing conversions, I discovered that the confirmation subject line may be a leading culprit for low confirmations. I spent a good half-hour with Aweber on a separate issue, then the personalization of subject line came up. I’ve made the changes and am making improvements on my copy as well. I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I’ve finally integrated my Aweber forms into my royhuff.net site. You can tell me how you like the new feel of my free mini-book and landing page at royhuff.net/success.

I also finished 21 podcasts episodes including Eofire November bonus episode & episodes 1511-1516, MWF episodes 223-231, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode #602, The True Performance show by Ziglar episode #442, & Writing Career 12/7/15 and 8/8/16 with Michael Anderle & 8/15/16. My goals and daily routine for the week are listed below. I’d love to hear your personal goals and if my posts are helping you reach yours.


Audiobooks Completed
Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy

Audiobooks in progress 
Shantaram by Gregory Roberts

Books Completed
Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Book in progress 
Thief in Time by Cindy Swanson

Podcasts
Eofire November bonus episode & 1511-1516

MWF episodes 223-231
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode #602
The True Performance show by Ziglar episode #442
Writing Career 12/7/15, 8/8/16 with Michael Anderle, & 8/15/16

Goals For the week of 2/12/17
Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
Write in my daily goals journal
5-minute meditation
40 minute writing sprint
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee

After Work Routine
Floss, Brush, MW
Meditate 5-15 min (depending on time)
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Additional Ab exercises (M,W,F)
25-minute fiction reading
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Review show notes.
Clean up one thing on computer desk
5 minute planning for next mornings writing

Evening Routine
Track word count
Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Read Japanese book in Kanji (1 paragraph)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Say affirmations
Review book plot for 5 minutes

Additional daily mini goals
Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence

Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business
Track word count

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software 

 
 
This week I’m leading with two huge successes. I completed my first fiction book in some time, and I’m working on another. I enjoyed the book, Split Second by Douglas E Richards,  and will jump into another time-travel book as soon as I’m finished with Invasion by Johnny B Truant. It’s important to know the tropes and style of commercially successful authors in the genre, plus I enjoy reading it.

The other success was this week’s daily web application, Bing ads. I’ve looked for cheap high quality traffic for several years, but have been disappointed with everything so far. It could be an issue of several factors including low converting sites, bad copy, bad writing, or a combination of numerous other things. I’m sure each have played their part. But I think I’ve finally found a reasonable source for traffic at a low cost. Now I’ll have to work on the next steps in the process including the landing page, copy, conversion and product.

The secret to the Bing ads is to use the minimum bid price of .05 cents. If you find a high volume low competition word, and there are a few, just set up the ad and experiment with the traffic. I was able to get my price per click down to two to three cents on average. I can get a decent amount of traffic, but if you’re a big spender, there is a limit to how much cheap traffic you can generate from bing. Still, it’s super amazing if your ad budget is under $500-1,000 per month. Above that, you’ll have issues with scaling up. 


At the moment, my biggest issue seems to be getting people to confirm the email after they already added their email to my list. I'm all ears if you have a way to increase the follow through on the opt-ins. 

On other fronts, I’m mentally exhausted dealing with a personal issue and constant trips to the hospital. Hopefully it will end soon. In spite of the challenge, I managed to firmly plant my morning writing routine anchored next to my other habits. I finally pushed back my waking time to 5 AM, which means I try to sleep by 10 PM, earlier if I can.

That contributed to my highest weekly word count, 8658 words, since the summer. That will be higher this week. I’m starting to debate my next steps with the completed self-help book. I’m leaning towards publishing it myself. I’ll have it out to the remaining publishers soon, then I’ll look towards plushing sometime late spring if I don’t get any bites.

I completed 13 podcast Episodes including EOFire 1508-1510, MWF Motivation 214-222, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 603. I completed the audiobook 2K to 10K book and relistened to all of Chris Fox’s writing books.

I completed all my weekly routines and mini-goals. Once again, though, I did need to push back my routine later in the evening a couple days on the weekend due to late nights and hospital visits. I completed all my weekly goals, with the exception of visiting a new place. I received replies from three authors this past week for a total of thirty-six so far.

Also, I’ve been writing my daily Time Travel Diaries journal entries now for a full two weeks. Be sure to drop by and subscribe if you haven’t checked it out already. I’m also making progress on my time travel book. I’m currently up to 37K words, or a little more than half-way complete. At my current pace. I’ll be done in four weeks. My next week’s goals are listed below.


Audiobook/s completed
2K to 10K by Rachel Aaron

Audiobooks in progress 
Shantaram by Gregory Roberts


Books Completed
Split Second by Douglas E Richards


Book in progress 
Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
EOFire 1508-1510 

MWF Motivation 214-222 
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 603.

Goals For the week of 2/05/17
Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
Write in my daily goals journal
5-minute meditation
40 minute writing sprint
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee

After Work Routine
Floss, Brush, MW
Meditate 5-15 min (depending on time)
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Additional Ab exercises (M,W,F)

25-minute fiction reading
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Review show notes.
Clean up one thing on computer desk
5 minute planning for next mornings writing

Evening Routine
Track word count
Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Read Japanese book in Kanji (1 paragraph)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Say affirmations

Review book plot for 5 minutes

Additional daily mini goals
Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence
Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business
Track word count

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software 

 
 
If you’ve ever spent any time in the hospital with loved ones and had no power to help them, then you know how I feel. This week I spent more days in the hospital and did everything I could think of to make the best decisions possible relating to the hospitalization. I won’t go into more details at the moment for reasons of privacy, but it’s been challenging to say the least.

I completed all of my goals this week in spite of those challenges. The most difficult part was sticking with my routine, and while I completed everything on my three daily routines, I frequently pushed back the time of completion out of necessity.

I could have just as easily given up, but it’s so easy to give up and hard to keep going. If I took the easy route, I would have been doing my future self and my family a disservice, so I chose the latter option.

I’ve completed one week's worth of time travel journal entries for my new time travel blog. I made additional improvements to my list management system through Aweber, and I’ve also started running test ads through Google Adwords. I even added an enhanced ad feature to one of the ads. I’m starting small with $6.50 in ads per day until I hone in the most effective keywords, sites, and templates to maximize list sign ups.

This upcoming week, I’m increased my daily reading time. In order to do that, I’m going to get up earlier, 5am. I’m currently at 5:10 AM on most weekdays, with the exception of days when I have to stay up late to go to the hospital. I’ve nudged my way there. I tried the 5 am wakeup time earlier and failed, but I’ve made incremental steps this time, which I hope will stick.

The additional time will bring my daily fiction writing and reading to twenty-five minutes each. I expect my daily word count to nudge closer to three pages, and book completion to one every other week. I’ve had success with the incremental approach, and I’m on 63 days of consecutive days completing my mini goals and routines. The average length of time it takes to make a habit is 66 days. I’ll pass that this week.

I’ve made additional gains on other fronts. In the past two weeks, I received a couple dozen replies from authors. I’m up to 33 replies, and will likely reach my goal at the new pace. I finished reading half of my new book, Split Second. I completed the audio book, How Great Science Fiction Works by the Great Courses. I was disappointed, though slightly entertained with the book. It was more of a survey of science fiction than a deep discussion of how to improve one’s writing, which is really what I was looking for.

My new web application was onlineconverter.com It did it’s job, but wasn’t successful if solving my viewing issue with Firefox. If you’ve read my twitter feed, you know Firefox is buggy on some of my images. I’ve reached out to several services to fix the issue, but it still eludes me. There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason why certain images appear and others don’t. It’s delayed the full rollout of some subdomains of my new site royhuff.net

Nevertheless, I’m happy with my progress this week. I’ll submit my self-help book to the remaining publishers on my list. If I don’t hear back from them in three to five months, I’ll move forward with publication. In the meantime, I’ll continue to build my author platform to promote the book through guest blogs, my own blog, forums, and list building.

I completed 23 podcasts including Eofire episodes 1498-1507, The True Performance show by Zigler episodes 440-441, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode 601, & MWF Motivation 143-148, 210-213. This week, I wrote 4,775 words or 19 pages. For my new location, I went to a new grocery store. In my next post, I’ll give you my monthly writing total and compare that to my prior years.  I’ve listed my goals for the upcoming week below.

Audiobook/s completed
How Great Science Fiction Works by the Great Courses

Audiobooks in progress 
Shantaram by Gregory Roberts

Book in progress 
Split Second by Douglas E Richards
Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant

Podcasts
Eofire episodes 1498-1507

The True Performance show by Zigler episodes 440-441
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode 601
MWF Motivation 143-148, 210-213. 

Goals For the week of 1/29/17
Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
Write in my daily goals journal

5-minute meditation
25-minute fiction reading

15 minute writing sprint
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee

After Work Routine

Floss, Brush, MW
Meditate 5-15 min (depending on time)
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Review show notes.
Additional Ab exercises (M,W,F)

Clean up one thing on computer desk
5 minute writing sprint

Evening Routine
5 minute writing sprint
Track word count
Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Read Japanese book in Kanji (1 paragraph)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Read fiction 2 pages
Say affirmations

Additional daily mini goals
Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence
Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business
Track word count

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software 

 
 
If you’ve ever felt like giving up, you know how hard it can be to press on when life gets tough. This week had it’s own set of challenges, but not giving up brought its own rewards.

I spent more time in the hospital with family, but this week should be back to normal. I finally finished my minimally viable product with my new time travel blog Time Travel Diaries, and so I’m officially launching my new site RoyHuff.Net. I still need to build out some of the pages, and the Firefox browser is a little buggy with some of the images, but it’s live.

For those who like time travel, I’ll be adding a new journal entry daily to the new site. I spent countless hours on the site and site integrations. I permanently (at least for now) switched my mail server from Constant Contact (after a brief flirtation with MailChimp) to Aweber. I gotta say, I’m lovin’ Aweber. It’s easy to use and many application and integrations are already built in.

I finished reading my first book, In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops, in quite some time. I’ve started to read Split Second by Douglas E Richards. I attribute that to adding an extra 25 minutes in my morning routine before I get ready for work. Not only did I finish with the 25 minutes, but on average I doubled that reading time throughout the day. I’m optimistic I can stay on a reasonable book every two week routine for the foreseeable future.

You’re going to have to wait a bit longer for my past years wordcount due to my aforementioned technical time demands, but this past week’s total word count was 5,582 or 22 pages and changes. That’s less than the prior week but not too shabby, especially considering my other commitments, issues, and successes.  

I completed What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith as this week’s audiobook. I also completed 21 podcasts episodes including MWF Motivation #133-42, Eofire #1490-97, The True Performance show by Zigler #439, and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe #599-600. I completed all my routines and goals for the week, though I did have push some of the routines to later in the day. I’ve also rearranged some of my routine activities to better accommodate my morning writing and grouped my Japanese writing and reading to the same time.

My upcoming goals are listed below, and as always, feel free to leave a comment. They’re always welcome. While you’re at it, stop by my new time travel blog and let me know what you think. There’s no comments section just yet, but you can come back and leave a comment here, or tell me what you think on Twitter. Have a great week!


Audiobook/s completed
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

Book in progress 

Split Second by Douglas E Richards
Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant


Books Completed
In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops

Podcasts
MWF Motivation #133-42 

Eofire #1490-97 
The True Performance show by Zigler #439 
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe #599-600

Goals For the week of 1/22/17
Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
5-minute meditation
25-minute fiction reading
Write in my daily goals journal
Clean up one thing on computer desk
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee
5 minute writing sprint

After Work Routine
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Floss, Brush, MW
Review show notes.
Meditate 5-15 min (depending on time)
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Additional Ab exercises (M,W,F)
5 minute writing sprint

Evening Routine
5 minute writing sprint
Track word count

Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Read Japanese book in Kanji (1 paragraph)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Read fiction 2 pages
Say affirmations

Additional daily mini goals
Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence
Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business
Track word count

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software

 
 
This week threw several large challenges in my face. I won’t go into great detail other than to say I’ve spent a lot of time in the hospital with loved ones. This created several nights of limited sleep and emotional roller coasters as I struggled to mentally cope with those issues. These are lifelong problems that I’ll be dealing with for the foreseeable future, which is why having a strong foundation and a plan to deal with those issues is even more important.

I went another week completing all my mini goals and routines. I did, however, modify my morning routine by completing much of that routine later and out of order. This was necessary since on a couple nights I was in the hospital until 3:30 am and had to go to work two hours later across the island and teach. That being said, my systematic counting of words for the prior three years will have to wait until next week.

In spite of those challenges, I managed to have my best word count for the week since the summer. I completed 6548 words or just over 26 pages. That includes 3282 words of fiction. I’ve fleshed out the remaining portion of my time travel book and improved the story arc. I’m pleased with where it’s going and optimistic I can have a rough draft complete in the coming weeks. Part of that word count includes a nonfiction blog post, which will likely never see the light of day for personal reasons.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to adding more to the new website I’m creating, but I did lay out a plan for a new blog that will be linked to that web site. Today alone I wrote twelve journal entries into a fictional time travel journal blog series. I just sent them off to my editor. I’ll be offering the first five entries for free to anyone who subscribes. The blog will start with journal entry #6, and I’ll be posting a short journal entry roughly half a page long each day. My hope is to generate interest and followers both for the blog and future time travel fiction available exclusively through the blog as well as larger works posted on Amazon. It should be live next week, so stay tuned.

I’ve also make substantial progress on my reading front. I’ve anchored a new goal to my morning routine. I kept with that routine every day to read 25 minutes. On average, I read twice that long daily and have finished about half of a new book, In Times Like These. I expect to have it completed by my next post.

For the audiobook, I finished Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox. I listed to a ton a podcasts this week, 34 in total, including Eofire episodes 1477-1489 plus the bonus episode; MWF Motivation episodes 124-132, The True Performance Show by Zigler Episodes 433-438, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 596-598, and Creative Writing Career Episodes 11/30/15 & the Book Goodman Episode.

In addition, the new place I went to was the Sony Open. You gotta love Hawaii. I met several new people while I was there. I also received replies for seven authors this week, bringing my total to #26. You can view my Twitter feed for pics. I’ve checked out several new applications, but my main focus will be on Aweber. My experiment with Mailchimp was a disaster, but that was my fault. I should have read the TOS more closely. Until next week, I’ve switched back over to Constant Contact, but I should have Aweber up and running once the new blog post is live. I’ll be using it to run integrated email lists on my Clickfunnels and Time Travel Diaries websites.

I’ve listed my current weeks routine and goals. Until next week, I’d love to hear your comments, so please don’t forget to post them. I do moderate the comments section, so there is usually a delay before they are live, so don’t let that discourage you. Have a great week!

Audiobook/s
completed
Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox

Book in progress
Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant
In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops

Podcasts
Eofire episodes 1477-1489 & bonus episode
MWF Motivation episodes 124-132
The True Performance Show by Zigler Episodes 433-438
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episodes 596-598
Creative Writing Career Episodes 11/30/15 & the Book Goodman Episode.

Goals For the week of 1/15/17
Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
5-minute meditation
25-minute fiction reading
Write in my daily goals journal
Clean up one thing on computer desk
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee
5 minute writing sprint

After Work Routine
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Floss, Brush, MW
Review show notes.
Review and/or add Japanese word/s
Meditate 5-15 min (depending on time)
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Additional Ab exercises (M,W,F)
5 minute writing sprint

Evening Routine
5 minute writing sprint
Track word count
Read Japanese book in Kanji (1 paragraph)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Read fiction 2 pages
Say affirmations

Additional daily mini goals
Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence
Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business
Track word count

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software
 
 
I’ve had a great week, not because it was super productive, but because I learned a great deal and took action to correct course on several goals that have languished.

The first of those goals is my word count. I listened to three entire, albeit short, books this week: 5,000 Words Per Hour, Write to Market, and Six-Figure Author all by Chris Fox. I listed to Write to Market three times and the other two twice. The books challenged some of my preexisting beliefs about marketing and called me out a few bad habits and poor marketing decisions I’ve made.

The first one is that I need to write more, and I need to write more everyday. To that end, I’ve taken Chris Fox’s advice and added daily writing sprints. I’ve attached each sprint to my three daily routines, each for five minutes. So far, so good.

The other change is that I need to focus on the reader and clearly define my niche, both within my writing as well as the way I market my list. He also explains the pitfalls of using a blast the world approach in book launches and marketing to your friends and family. The problem with doing so is that it confuses Amazon’s algorithm, so they are less likely to show your book to customers who are interested, which lowers your conversions when the book is shown, which results in Amazon not showing your book as frequently resulting in fewer sales.

Instead, Chris suggests strategic Amazon advertising focused on highly focused niche serial readers combined with high author engagement organically within niche communities. That means not selling your book but developing street cred within the community to drive genuine interest when books become available. It’s more time intensive and requires a greater commitment, but I believe it is doable.

There was more great advice focused on studying the tropes within one's genre and how to improve writing through speed and iteration as opposed to perfection, which makes a lot of sense. He also suggests reading more, which I’ve also struggled doing.

Great advice is useless if you don't implement it, so I’ve taken care to take action immediately. I’ve already seen a marked improvement in consistency, and have made additional progress with both the quantity of reading and writing. I’ll be setting the foundation for studying genre tropes and niche engagement this week.

I’ve also made progress on other fronts. I received two replies from publishers, both no’s. The good news is that it’s some of the best feedback I’ve received. It’s reassuring to get responses like these, “The book is well-written and has a good message and goal, but it suffers from the fact that there are a lot of books like it, which makes for a slightly unexciting read.” The advice includes some proprietary things I’ll exclude but then goes on to say, “The best and most unique part of the book is your backstory. It's interesting, and I like how you bring your experiences into the book to exemplify some of your points. However, you don't do it very often. If you focused even more on your life and gave a more personal spin to the entire book ... I think it would be even better.”

I’ve received a lot of feedback from people who want to read more about my life. I’ve tried to be restrained on that front based on the numerous suggestions of people who say the exact opposite about most authors who write themselves into their books, but I do have a unique, and I believe, inspiring story. I’ll do more in future writing to heed those suggestions. The advice also echoes much of what Chris Fox, John Lee Dumas, and others have said. It’s better to niche down then be a generalist. That's been a challenge for me, as I have many interests.

This week, I’ve also started designing my website using a great platform, Clickfunnels. There is a bit of a learning curve, but there are tons of tutorials. I already have my landing page set up, which you can view here, but I need to build out the rest of the site, then migrate my blog over. I’m please so far with the results, and it will supercharge my ability to monetize the site once it’s fully functional.

On other fronts, I received contacts from my 19th author. I went to several new places, including a few new restaurants. I have a fabulous New Year’s day, and while I didn’t get nearly as far with my time travel book as I’d hoped, I took time to focus on the foundation of my habits and platform, which will set me up for success in the coming weeks as months.

I successfully completed all my listed goals below for another week and completed my daily routines for 42 consecutive days. I’ve added additional items to my routine, which acts as an anchor. It’s working! Next week, I’m going to give a rundown of my word count over the last three years. It’s all about tracking!

This week, I wrote a combined 3,776 words. Not great, but not terrible. I want to at least triple that count during work weeks. I've done it it the past, but I wanted a sustained bottom up foundation without burnout. I'm looking forward to next week, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Don't forget to leave a comment in the comments section.

Audiobook/s
completed
5,000 Words Per Hour
by Chris Fox
Write to Market by Chris Fox
Six-Figure Author by Chris Fox

Book in progress
Invasion by Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant
In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops

Podcasts
MWF Motivation episodes 116-121, 123.

Goals For the week of 1/08/17
Morning Routine
Record dreams
State positive affirmations
Check body weight
Floss, Brush, & mouthwash
Drink water
5-minute meditation
25-minute fiction reading
Write in my daily goals journal
Clean up one thing on computer desk
Read daily/weekly goals
Review daily calendar
Workout set A
Add to master document
Add one Japanese word to list
Workout set B and stretch
Eat breakfast & drink coffee
5 minute writing sprint

After Work Routine
Look at routine & daily goals
Look at today’s calendar
Floss, Brush, MW
Review show notes.
Review and/or add Japanese word/s
Meditate 5-15 min (depending on time)
Nap 15-25 min (depending on time)
Additional Ab exercises (M,W,F)
5 minute writing sprint

Evening Routine
5 minute writing sprint
Track word count
Read Japanese book in Kanji (1 paragraph)
Review calendar
Review daily goals
Daily reflection & checklist
Review tomorrow’s goals
Review tomorrow’s calendar
Review Life document (Sunday’s only)
Read fiction 2 pages
Say affirmations

Additional daily mini goals
Write fiction 1 sentence
Write nonfiction/blog 1 sentence
Read article on improving writing
Contact 1 publisher or write 1 sentence of a marketing plan   
Take 1 action towards creating/improving a business
Track word count

Additional weekly goals  
Contact one author/business person
Visit one new location
Try one new app or software