I'm not sure how I ever functioned without to-do lists.
On days when I don't make them, I get very little done. On days when I DO, life--and especially writing--moves forward at a healthy pace.
Today's to-do list includes answering email, editing articles for clients, formatting Seasons of an Irish Hermitage,
blogging, writing newsletters, researching literary agents, designing a new Web site, planning a road trip, and revising Burning Light.
It is broken into bite-sized time chunks: I can easily accomplish all this in a day, provided that I stay focused.
Furthermore, each item on the list is a bite-sized chunk from a bigger list: the list of projects and commitments I need to finish this summer. Each morning, I refer to that list and make sure that every project is moving ahead at the pace needed to finish on time. Of course, a few things will end up cut from the list entirely--I'm not superhuman. But having everything written down helps me prioritize.
A to-do list provides me with direction for the day, a record of what I've accomplished, and peace of mind--I know when I can take a break and when I can't, because I know exactly what needs doing and what can rest for now. As a self-employed writer/editor/writing coach, I know
I couldn't function without one.
Lists are one of the major tools in my writer's arsenal. How about you? What tools and techniques keep you on track?
Labels: Ramblings, Writing