Do you have a busy life that requires organization?
This past week or so I've been attempting to catch up with myself. I decided to try a few organizational tools over and above the handwritten "to do" list in my "daily-notes" book.
I want to be sure I get:
- my exercise done,
- my meals planned and cooked,
- my contacts kept up with,
- my ongoing reading and research done
- my writing moving forward and
- questions answered on various topics for friends.
I also like the satisfaction of checking off the things I do get done. Rewards like a square of chocolate (dark of course) or a cup of my favorite tea (Ginger Peach) also encourage me to get more done.
To help me stay organized, first I had a look in Excel
- and found various templates. I tried this one. Still getting used to it - and still adding things to the to-do list AFTER I've done them. That satisfaction in checking them off thing. The template carries forward repeat items with each date. Excel has list-templates for everything from moving to meals. Well worth checking them out.
With my writing, however, organization requires a different approach.I still like old fashioned scene cards written by hand. When I've exhausted the ideas for scenes, characters and plot, I convert them to typed pages. This time, with the 3rd book in the Caleb Cove Series, I am using Power Point slides to record each scene. The typing-up process solidified the plot and revealed clearly where I need more scenes, more character appearances and clues.
My search for organization will be ongoing.
|Hand written scene cards|
|Scenes in Power Point|
What advice can you give me? What do you do to keep your life, your family, your job or your writing on track?