ROW80 – Welcome to Round 2

I completely missed the Monday start of ROW80’s second round of 2015.

So I’d like to start today and jump right in at the Mid-Week Update.

If you don’t know what ROW80 is, let me explain. It stands for “A Round of Words in 80 Days.” It’s 80 consecutive days of writing and other creative things. You can set your own goals that you hope to achieve. The only requirement is that the goals are measurable.

What does that mean? Well, the goal to “read more” in the 80 days is a bit hazy. That can’t be measured accurately. But a goal like “read 3 books” can be measured. The same goes for anything writing related – like “Write at least 50k words” or “Complete Camp NaNoWriMo with at least 25k words” or “Edit one chapter of my manuscript per week.”

Once you’ve set goals, you publish them on your blog. This is essential. Every Wednesday and Sunday, there will be updates in which you review your progress, how it’s going and whatever else you’d like to share. Note that you can always amend your goals if you find it’s all a bit much or not enough. So that we ROWers can find one another, we post links to our blogs to the Linky Tool.

So, without much further ado, here are my goals for Round 2:

Grad School studies:

  • Complete course MA501 Psychology of Communication by 16/04/2015 (only Final Paper remaining)
  • Complete course CCC502 Cross-Cultural Communication by 22/05/2015 (4 assignments remaining)
  • Start course MA500 Persuasion and complete 1-2 assignments/tasks per week
  • Start course MA502 Culture & Society and complete 1 assignment per week


Supplement studies:

  • Sit Modern Middle East final exam by 11/04/2015
  • Submit Australian Literature final assignment by 12/04/2015
  • Complete 4 modules on Community Journalism
  • Complete 4 modules on Modern Business & Organisations
  • Complete 4 modules on Understanding Language: Learning & Teaching (20/04 – 17/05)
  • Complete 8 modules on Writing Fiction (27/04 – 21/06)
  • Complete 5 modules on Emergence of the Modern Middle East II (12/04 – 17/05)


Reading / Writing

  • Complete the A to Z Challenge in April
  • Read at least 1 hour per day
  • Blog every day


As you can see, my focus is once again on my studies. My creative writing will probably be limited to this blog, the A to Z Challenge and a few reviews. But I am trying to make time to read at least 1 hour every day. I have realised that I study till I drop and end up exhausted. I need an hour per day away from the computer, with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book to recharge my batteries. As part of this, I will now carry a book with me everywhere and use every available minute to read.

I’ll post a list of my immediate goals for this week later.

It’s good to be back on the good ship ROW80 and I’m hoping to see many familiar faces around and meet lots of new ones as well!


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5 thoughts on “ROW80 – Welcome to Round 2”

  1. Now there is an impressive list of ROWnd 2 goals… Kudos to you, Conny. I like how you defined each as measurable and have specifics that might make each project seem more manageable.

    May this round be exactly what you need to finish those things off.

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    1. Thank you very much, Eden!
      Trying to fit ROW80 in with Grad School is not easy, especially when you also work part-time. The last few rounds I wanted to write but found my time taken away by assignments. But that’s still writing, I figured, so it’s not complete off the “round of WORDS” theme.

      These are all courses I have to complete anyway, but I found during the last round that breaking them down like this and then setting weekly goals regarding the assignments does help me focus and keep track of things.

      I hope your Round 2 goes smoothly for you!

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      1. I’ve seen others use the ROW80 for their academic work. Goal setting helps whether in the home office or the “ivory towers”… Glad you’ve found something that will hopefully help you.


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