Handling the To-Do List
So, when the last school bell rings in May, I create my summer to-do list and break it into multiple categories, like home improvements, school projects (you see, school NEVER ends for a teacher), and writing projects.
This summer, my writing project list included 11 projects ranging from setting up a new schedule for my blog, querying new markets, completing some photo projects, devoting a specific number of hours to working on the novel, and developing story ideas for the regional publications I write for.
How many projects were crossed off the list?
Can I plead the 5th? Do I have to answer the questions?
Yes, the deuce. Dos. One + one equals two.
The weird thing is, I feel like I got a lot of writing accomplished this summer. I know my bank account appreciated my efforts!
But two? Seriously?
I'm frustrated that I didn't get more done. I've always thought I'm a good organizer and a fast writer.
It got me thinking about WHY I didn't get a lot done. Interference from Facebook, Twitter and Words with Friends? Caring for the grandsons while their mom is at work? Wanting a bit of ME time? Too much "Orange is the New Black" or "The Newsroom"?
Sure, some of those factor in, but they aren't the real culprit.
So the day before I returned to school, I sent a HARO query and received a lot of great advice. During September, on my blog dates, I'm going to talk about tackling the to-do list and keeping it manageable. I'll be sharing information from organization experts, a psychologist, and medical experts.
You may be surprised at some of the answers. I was!
Until my next blog post, I'm curious. How do you handle your to-do list? Do you break down each task step-by-step? Do you have an established writing routine that lets you meet your goals?
Share your thoughts with us.
by LuAnn Schindler. Read more of LuAnn's work at her website.