Do I accomplish everything I plan? Not always. How much I can do in a day varies. Aiming too high usually means I won’t reach my goals. if I’m inflexible when life has other ideas, opportunity can pass me by. And once in a while I drop the ball because I’m human and not a machine.
Still, I’m better off for having planned. If I didn’t try to corral my time it would slip away like dollars in my pocket at the fair, with just as little to show for my efforts.
When I asked some of my Facebook friends who write if they use a calendar, I discovered to my surprise that I’m in the minority. I had no idea that was the case, although people have told me they don’t know how I do everything that I do. Well, here’s how.
I use Google Calendar to keep track of blog posts, interviews, book reviews, my literary judging schedule, volunteer work for writing groups, and anything else I don’t want cluttering my regular writing schedule. To chart writing-related and promotional tasks, I invented my own Daily Writing Scheduler, available free to those who sign up for my email list. I don’t have this automated yet, so if you sign up please give me a couple of days to send it to you.
To track my productivity and keep me on course, I have used Rescue Time. It tracks how much time I engage in productive activities and how much I give to distractions online. Just knowing it’s recording my activities, and that I’ll read the report later, helps me resist the urge to procrastinate while online, but it can also be set to ban you from certain sites after your allotted time is up.
If you don’t work well with a tight schedule, why not try a running To Do List? Since it’s not tied to specific dates (although you may want to make note of deadlines), you won’t fall behind and bog down if you miss a day. This approach helps those with a tendency to rebel against their own lists.
I suggest you use some sort of written method to help you name and attain your goals.
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Originally posted on Live Write Breathe: Live With Passion, Write Well, Remember to Breathe
Guest Author Bio
Janalyn Voigt’s father instilled in her a love of literature at an early age by classic novels as bedtime stories. Janalyn soon began creating her own stories, and eventually wrote them down. When she was 12, a teacher noticed her storytelling ability. His encouragement helped Janalyn to become a published novelist.
Janalyn blogs at Live Write Breathe , where she mentors other authors in the writing life, teaching writers to live withe passion, write well, and remember to breathe. At Janalyn’s Creative Worlds blog, she posts interesting details from her research and travels, offers updates about her life as a writer and her books, plus offers exclusive content and special discounts to subscribers.
Janalyn is represented by Wordserve Literary and published by Harbourlight (Pelican Book Group/Pelican Ventures). Her epic fantasy adventure series, Tales of Faeraven, launched in June 2012 with the release of DawnSinger.
To learn more about Janalyn, please visit the About Janalyn Voigt page on her website.
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