I am right in the middle of several long and complicated projects. The house renovation, writing Tranquility by Tuesday, my youngest being a toddler (hopefully emerging from the food-throwing stage with all of us intact). I’m even right in the middle of my year-long reading of War and Peace (page 776, this version has 1455 pages…)
Any long project can feature low moments. Sometimes you even go through a valley of despair (see: toddler sleep woes…or the build-up to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia…). That’s why it’s good to celebrate any milestones you can. You can even build in milestones to celebrate!
So this morning I turned in three chapters plus the intro to my editor to get feedback. I went out for a sushi lunch with my 11-year-old to celebrate (he has half-day camp this week). I’ll toast getting a third of the book done tonight. Then I’ll toast my progress again when I finish the next three chapters.
There’s nothing magical about three chapters, but part of adulthood is realizing that you can give yourself gold stars if you find them motivational. Given all these long projects, I’m needing a few gold stars. So I’ll seize the opportunity when I can.
Now, on to approve some more change orders…
Photo: From the celebratory lunch