Here is a report of where I spent my time and how well I progressed towards reaching my goals last month.
MY 2020 GOALS
95% / Double the number of members of The Religion Teacher (December 2017 to present) (-2%)
320,691/1,000,000 words for kids (A part of my #1millionwordsforkids goal) (+28,928 words)
524/600 Resources (Videos/Worksheets) for Members of The Religion Teacher (+4 resources)
34/75 books read (+9 books)
27/73 Books: Read the entire Bible from beginning to end. (+0 books read)
58/100 30-minute workouts (+14 workouts)
How I Spent My Time In May 2020
I track every minute of time I spend working on projects using an app called Toggl (here is why). Here is a list of the top ten projects I spent the most time on last month:
- 23:29 – A Daily Bible Devotional for Kids
- 20:12 – The Religion Teacher Email & Customer Service
- 9:55 – Weekly Review
- 9:15 – Bible Breaks Bible Stories for Kids
- 8:26 – Daily Review
- 8:09 – Speaking: Ave Maria Press Author Webinar
- 7:25 – Morning Preview
- 5:35 – Launch: Do Not Be Afraid: Bible Stories for Kids
- 3:05 – Accounting & Taxes
- 2:59 – The Religion Teacher’s Saints Worksheet Collection
Total Time: 123:14 Hours
May 2020 Highlights & Lessons Learned
A Daily Devotional for Kids
I tried to kick my goal of #1millionwordsforkids into gear last month. I only have one more year to hit my original goal.
I’m pushing pause on writing new Bible story collections as I publish the first four in the series, but I wanted to continue to create something for kids to get them to take Bible breaks with their families. So, I decided to write a 365-day devotional for kids with one Bible verse each day. It is a collection of the words of the Lord.
One of the things I love most about creating these kinds of resources is that I get to grow and learn my own faith along the way.
I hope God will speak to the kids and families who read the daily reflections. I know writing them has made an impact on me.
Here is an example of one of the devotions:
Launching Do Not Be Afraid: Bible Stories for Kids
The first Bible Breaks story collection is finally ready. When COVID-19 hit this year, I was in the middle of another collection of Bible stories about the Eucharist. I shifted gears and started working on a collection that would give kids hope during these difficult days during and post-quarantine.
I’m looking forward to publishing the other books in the series this summer!
Ave Maria Press Author Webinar
I was honored to give a little presentation for my fellow Ave Maria Press authors. I got to share the ways I have built up large email in the last decade. It was a fun presentation to create and helped solidify the strategies that have worked well and continue to help me connect with my audience.
I worked for Ave for many years. It was fun to come in as just an author and speak to some other familiar faces.