Back Again for Another "30 Hubs in 30 Days Hub Challenge

 Well, here I am, back again--doing another Hub Challenge, after a little break from the last one.

It is motivating to have a specific goal, a specific target, and a specific deadline.

That's one thing I miss, working from home.  All the demands on my time are self-imposed, so I am still in the process of learning how to be self-motivated and self-directed to make good use of my time.

For the first two or three months of self-employment, being a Type A overachiever person, I scheduled more tasks than one person could possibly perform in a week, for one day.  I had long, long "list of things to do" yellow-ruled legal paper lists, every day.  I'd start off good in the morning then fizzle out by the afternoon.  I got lazy in the afternoons.  I started reading books, all the books I love to read, straight through til evening and sometimes until late into the night.

Then, especially after a reading orgy that kept me up until 2 or 3 in the morning, I started getting up later, and later, and later...

It got to be so I wasn't making much headway with my to-do lists.  I experienced, for the very first time, ever, the delicious freedom of being at home, all day, alone, with no specific tasks imposed on me by the outside world or other people:  no noise, no one interrupting me every five minutes, no personal griefs from conflicting office personalities to deal with, no office phone ringing off the hook just when the computer crashed with the compiled data for the year-end financial reports; and after I calmed down with my Type A lists, I revelled in it.

I revelled in it a little too much.  I really got LAZY!

Well, I had to do something about that.  It seems I went from one extreme to the other.  I had to find some middle ground here, and to try to get on a more regular schedule.

With some misgivings, being so new to Hub Pages, I decided to take the "30 Hubs in 30 Days" hub challenge.

It worked, it really helped to have a specific task to do other than my usual on-line projects, which take about 2 to 3 hours in the morning, then I'm done for the day.  My days got organized better and I developed a more even pace.  I used my time at home more constructively, and felt good, felt really satisfied, at the results.

And I met the first challenge.  I was pleased to have completed the challenge and succeeded with i!.  It was so good to have an ongoing project to help me stay organized.

It certainly improved my HubScore and the traffic to my Hubs. 

So, having experienced such good results the first time, and finding that I've relaxed just a little bit too much after completing the challenge, I'm up for it again.

Come join this, anyone sitting on the fence right now.  You won't be sorry.  It's not that huge of a commitment, and it keeps you writing, it keeps you publishing, and it keeps you out there in the world.

One thing I especially LIKE about this challenge--there aren't any bad consequences if you don't succeed in writing the whole 30.  There are only good consequences for trying.  You still will write and publish more than if you didn't take the challenge, and that's a good thing.

 

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you, AARON!


AARON99 6 years ago

A wonderful hub. I really enjoyed it. Keep writing.


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Jeffrey Neal 6 years ago from Tennessee

I just found your hub about this as I am starting my own 30 in 30 challenge today. The parallels in your hub to my situation and attitude are impossible to ignore, and as you did, I need this challenge to keep motivated and moving. Glad this came across my path today. Cheers.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Not too sure...maybe they ride around in little cars along with the Library Police, GreenMathDr!


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GreenMathDr 6 years ago

I don't know, I just found out about "hubnuggets", are you sure there isn't a hub police division?


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Good for you, GreenMath. You'll do good, you'll see. I'm going for it even though I might not do the whole thirty this time. I'm giving it a shot, and am about...oh, half-way there. If I don't do the whole thirty, there won't be any Hub Po-lice coming to my door, so we're still good!


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GreenMathDr 6 years ago

Wow! Your starting again. I just finished the first one today. I can't imagine starting all over again. Well all I can say is "Go for it!"


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you scarytaff. It is motivating, I can say that. This is day # 7 and I'm starting to feel just a little pressure!


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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

Good hub No.7 I know what you mean aabout getting lazy. It happens to me as well, but you're right. Get motivation and the 30 hubs certainly is that.


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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

Good hub No.7 I know what you mean aabout getting lazy. It happens to me as well, but you're right. Get motivation and the 30 hubs certainly is that.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you, RedElf. I've looked for and found your hubs, and have enjoyed yours, too.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Love your inspirational painting! Continued good fortune "hubbing"! So glad you joined up.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

I wish you great success Paradise, and like Catherine and myownworld, I am looking forward to reading them.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you, myownworld and Catherine. I like reading your hubs, too. You're both such excellent writers that really...c'mon....please? (heh-heh, only if you want to)


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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Good for you! From a selfish perspective I am very pleased you are doing another challenge as I love having another one of your hubs to read on a daily basis! I have just had a few days of holiday and am back fresh and raring to go so maybe I will start another challenge - maybe I will finish it this time!


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

best of luck with it....look forward to reading your work...!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

creativeone59, if you're already doing it, then why not get the traffic from completing the Challenge? I don't quite get why not, but that's ok, you're good to go. Thanks for the comment and the support.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Congratulation on your task at hand, I would do it but I'm already writing 2 to 3 a day every day. so go for it and I know you will succeed. Thanks for the info though. creativeone59


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Dohn, such exciting news about your book!!! YES!!! WAY TO GO!!!! ALRIGHT!!!! One more step closer to publication. I know it, you're such a good writer, it's gonna happen for you soon. I'm giving you high fives and everything, and jumping up and down. That is sooooo goood.

Thank you so much for being my support, Veronica. You're a really good HubPages friend, and that's what really helps.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

I can't wait to see what you have in store for us. We all have confidence that you can do it. To borrow a line from a famous movie "You can do it. You can do it all night long!"


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I give you a lot of credit for doing this, Paradise7, but have no doubts about you completing this nevertheless. It's easy for any and all of us to get "sidetracked" and concentrate our energies towards other things. I completed one 30 hubs in 30 days Hub Challenge and I'm good for now, as I have to complete re-editing and re-writing my novel, as I caught word a few weeks ago that the director of my Creative Writing department from my alma-mater has found an agent that may be interested (YES!).

However, I can assure that you have my support and readership throughout your undertaking of the challenge! Good luck, Paradise7! I'll be awaiting your work as usual :)

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