What’s on the iPod: Naked Kids by Grouplove
Today’s my TGIF (TGIT?). I’m taking tomorrow and Monday as we have this guy from Argentina showing up, and about a million of us are going to the city on Sunday to greet him….
Pope madness. It’s not the visit itself that’s created the madness (though it’s been the rocket fuel) — it’s the preparations that haven’t been easy to navigate. The ticket-purchasing debacle I mentioned on Monday was bad enough. Then came the logistics as local authorities decided it best to close roads and restrict access (and parking). So I went on the hunt for a parking space within walking distance.
$75 later, I’ve reserved a space in a local business’s parking lot. I think I got a bargain, too. Others were charging $130 and up for spaces that are still miles from the train station. I was relieved to pay it. We have one taxi service — one. And it serves a nine-city suburban area. Chances were slim at best. And forget Uber. Who’s up at 4:30 am?
All this parking-space planning was going on as I was finishing a rather involved project, which happens to be one of two projects left on the pile I’d started the month with. I reviewed it yesterday morning, handled a small request from a client, then had — what’s this? — actual free time in my work day for the first time this month. So what does a writer do when there’s free time?
Evaluate the career.
It’s way too easy when we’re busy to overlook potential issues or things we’re not doing that could reduce our income or our client pool. So it makes sense to look things over — really look — every quarter just to make sure things are going in the right direction.
It’s like a monthly assessment. Actually, I use my monthly assessments as a starting point. If you’re looking to understand where you might be missing opportunities, that’s as good a place as any (and it’s a good reason for you to play along here on the blog at the end/beginning of every month).
But let’s assume you don’t do monthly assessments for a moment. (For examples, click on the Monthly Assessment labels on the right.) In that case, open a Word document. Start with headings like these:
- Queries sent
- Emails/letters of introduction sent
- Social media contacts made
- Job listing applications
- Work from new clients
- Work from existing clients
- Earnings this month
- Bottom line (your assessment of how things went, what you could do differently, what worked, etc.)