Do As I Say, Not As I Do!

Last Update: August 26, 2019

Do as I say, not as I do...

I know how it works. I tell others how-to do it and I try to hold myself accountable... I failed this last week.

So, I ended up taking a last minute (literally 3 days notice) trip to Alaska. Staying at a friend's fish camp, going fishing, hanging out, etc.

Normally, I'd prepare ahead of time and get some articles scheduled up to automatically post while I'm away and so on. I didn't do that this time.

Sure, I can blame the last minute planning and say I didn't have the time but that's no excuse. I told myself I'll work on it on the plane and during my down time while I'm up there, etc. Guess what? It didn't happen.

Here I am, sitting in the cabin typing up this post on WA, not as an excuse but because it's on my weekly list to do so and I'm trying not to fall behind on everything. I have kept up on my Monday through Friday tasks of helping 5 people and leaving 3 site comments, etc. And my Monday, blog on WA task as well.

Where I failed was on my 2 site posts per week per site... That's 4 posts total per week. Now I'm only 1 week behind and I'm one of those guys who doesn't just say oh well and mark it off. I will now be adding those 4 posts to this week's schedule and posting 4 posts per site this week.

The worst part is, I've been doing so wall at posting consistently. This is both good from my reader's standpoint as they know when to expect new content as well as from an SEO perspective. I might have hurt myself just a bit on this slip.

So here's the plan:

Write at least 2 articles on my flight back on Wednesday. I have approximately 4 hours of in-air time so I should be able to get that done.

I'm also hoping to get at least one written tomorrow after I drive back to Anchorage.That leaves 5 to write through Wednesday afternoon through Saturday.

I might be biting off more than I can chew. It might be more realistic for me to add 2 this week and 2 the following week making it 6 articles per week for 2 weeks instead of 8 articles in just 1 week. I thought that if for some reason I don't get them all done, the remainders will be tacked onto the following week's schedule. Which will still be true either way.

I don't want to over extend myself so the 6 article approach seems more appropriate. That would bring the Wednesday afternoon through Saturday count down to 3 articles to write this week with the understanding that I'd have the two extra the following week.

What I'm trying to say here is, don't do what I did. Don't fall behind and play catch up. If you do fall behind, don't just write it off, stick to your plan and hold yourself accountable.

OK, time to get off my soapbox and get back to the festivities at hand. See you all when I'm back to the grind stone Wednesday afternoon!


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RosanaHart Premium Plus
My mother always used that expression that is your title. I think my takeaway as a kid was that I could get away with things! If I'm still thinking that way at my advanced age, I guess there is no hope for me to follow the straight and narrow all the time.
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Vickic3 Premium
Take time to enjoy all around you and work will be waiting for you. I agree if we get behind, leave it and carry on the building when we can
you are always working Scott so maybe it's time to kick back and have some fun
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BrendaMZ Premium Plus
Scott, I am with what Michelle stated, taking a good break is kind of nice then you can recharge when you get back. Everyone of us needs that. Just do what you can.
merlynmac Premium
Will do.
mmussehl Premium
I would say you should take a vacation and not worry too much about it. Sometimes it is good to detach and unwind. Just curious, at the rate you write, do you also have another full time job or is WA your full time job?
merlynmac Premium
I work full-time from home so I can sneak in time for my WA endeavors during the day, usually during breaks and my lunch.
Carson2 Premium
Hi Scott. Enjoy your time and have a great flight back.
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Joes946 Premium
It's okay Scott. We need some down time.
merlynmac Premium
I know...It's just one of those things that irks me.