Building Rome: My First Day

Image courtesy of 89studio /

Image courtesy of 89studio /

After weeks of watching people make posts on this Building Rome theme (hosted by Green Embers), I’ve decided to dip my toe and try it. I chose today because I was particularly inspired by this week’s posts from Mental Mama and Not a Punk Rocker. The main idea is to have a place for goal setting and accountability. So today, because it’s my first time, I will post a set of goals that I want to accomplish this week. Then, next week, I’ll report my progress on those goals and post my goals for the new week. I know firsthand that this kind of accountability system works because I was part of a similar group with three other women located in various parts of the US. We did ours by email, and our weekly “check-in day” was Tuesday. We kept at it for about six months, and we all found that we were much more productive when we were using such a system. I’ve even tried to recreate it a could times–without success. So, after several weeks of hemming and hawing about joining this adventure, here I am. Since one of my goals is to have more time for writing and quilting, I want to reduce my working hours to 20, at least for the rest of the summer. But I want to those twenty hours to be focused and productive. My hope is that I can accomplish as much in those twenty hours as I normally would by working longer hours by being more intentional during those 20 hours. Taiwan 047To that end, I am setting up four one-hour blocks for each workday. I then make a general task list for those 2o hours, i.e. what I need to get done this week, and estimate how many of these “blocks” it will take to accomplish each task. Maybe it’s crazy, but I’m going to give it a try. I’ve been trying it for two days so far, with great results on Day 1 and less spectacular results on Day 2. BUT I still got more done on Day 2 than  I would have otherwise. I suspect it’s because it’s easier to tell myself, “Just focus for an hour. Then you can take a break.”  mmmmmmmmmmmm coffee! Part of the reason I told you all of that is that my goals are going to focus on blocks of time and more general names for some of my projects. I realized that part of the reason I didn’t join sooner is I didn’t want to post some of the specific things I’m working on, so now I have a solution for that issue. So now that I’ve bored you to tears, here are my goals for the week.


1.  Complete 18 one-hour blocks.  The tasks for those blocks include:

  • an editing project
  • writing project
  • completing a project spreadsheet
  • preparing for fall classes

2.  Maintain walking three times this week (in spite of the heat).

3.  Complete Step 2 of the Mystery Quilt Challenge.

4.  Visit more of my fellow builders, now that I’ve jumped into the fray.

5.  Make a plan for my blog.

There you have it. I feel more accountable already.  🙂   If you’d like to play along, you can join in here:

23 comments on “Building Rome: My First Day

  1. I like your plan to break the day down into blocks like that. I may try that for weekend plans. And I am very glad you decided to join in the challenge 🙂

    • My block plan didn’t work quite as intended this week, but it was still helpful. And the tasks I identified for the blocks were still getting done, so that obviously counts for something. I’m so glad to have joined the challenge. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  2. Yay! Welcome to the club – I’m new too.. lol.. although it sounds like you have been observing, I had never even heard of this thing until about 2 hours ago, so I set myself just the one goal and that was to get my slackasaurus butt out and walking!

    7 days of 3 km’s. One goal. Considering I have a treadmill in my lounge room, even if the weather is bad, this should not be difficult.

    I love your idea of the blocks – and might give that a try once I have added a few more things to my goals list!

    Awesome to meet you and look forward to following you on your journey!

    Miss Lou

  3. Welcome! You’ve really got a lot of great goals there. 😀

    I really like the block idea like everyone else. I am kind of doing that with my free time after my day job, to better manage my hobbies.

    • Thanks for the welcome! I would have been here sooner, but well, yeah! haha

      The block thing didn’t go quite as planned this past week, but it was helpful and will become more helpful as I get more into this routine. I’m glad I’ve joined in. It’s a great bunch of people. 🙂

  4. I’m glad you’re off to a good start. I don’t think I even want to see a list of the things I need to do! Maybe narrowing it to a week would be helpful.

    • It is the very size of my overall to-do list that makes this system so appealing. I’ve made a master list of everything that needs to be done, but I don’t let myself be buried in it all of the time. It would keep me from getting anything done–it’s so overwhelming. Once a week, I look at the list and choose the things that are most important for the coming week. This is a sanity-preserving measure. 😉

    • Thanks, Christy! For me setting goals isn’t the hard part–I’m actually a little too good at figuring out goals and planning them out. I discovered that I need to hone and prioritize mine, so that I have room to breathe in the other things that renew me. But I’m getting better. 🙂

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