Thursday, August 26, 2010

Get Organized!

With the new school year well underway, a boy starting middle school and a diva daughter that keeps things lively...I've had to create a way to get organized. And fast. Either that or give up writing. And that's just not going to happen.

So how does one go about making such changes? What can you do to accomplish more of what you want to do? Here are some immediate suggestions that I've implemented at my house:

1. Choose the easiest place to start-
You don't always have to start at the beginning. If that first step seems the hardest, start with another part of the project instead. I started by listing everything I had to accomplish each day, and went from there.

2.Fix your workspace- During the summer I make it a habit to sit and watch TV with the laptop nearby and leisurely write throughout the day. Not going to happen when I have to work. So I fixed an area that is all mine. Everything I need to write is at my fingertips. That way when I have a few minutes I can jump right in and capitalize on my time.

3.Work from a to-do list- Tackle the more difficult tasks during your prime time. During revisions, I need absolute calm and quiet. The only time this happens at my house is early in the morning while everyone else is still asleep, so I make sure that's what I'm working on at this time.

4.Be realistic about what you can do-don't set unrealistic goals when you only have a set amount of time each day. This will only stifle your creativity and ruin your efforts.

5.Use the minutes available to you
Remember that even five minutes is enough time to get something done.

6.Reward yourself
This is the fun part! After you meet small deadlines, promise yourself a little treat. When the entire project is completed, think on a little grander scale. I'm thinking shopping spree in Kansas City!

7.Create more time
If it seems like there really is no time, carve out a half hour or so from your existing schedule. I found that if I waited until the end of the day, I didn't always get as far as I wanted. To remedy this I get up a half hour earlier.

8.Get started
The hardest part is getting started. Once you're in motion, it will be easier to keep going. I thought going back to work was going to set me back by miles, but with my writing tools organized and my schedule set, I've actually been more productive in the past week than I have been all summer.

So take it from can be done!
Have a great day everyone!


Anonymous said...

I like this post! Great advise!

Hannah Kincade said...

You are inspiring me to get more organized. Currently all my writing supplies are in complete disarray. I know where everything is but it's organized chaos.

Matthew Rush said...

Great advice! Thanks Renae.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great advice. School starts after Labor Day here and I'm not looking forward to how crazy it's going to get. A list would help.

aspiring_x said...

great advice! (and desperately needed here- i'm an unorganized MESS!) never tried writing in the a.m. hmmm...

Jen said...

Great advice!!! It's nice for me to re-organize things when everyone goes back to school, it's time for everyone to get organized and back in the swing of things. Get that fresh new start, even if you don't go to school or teach it!!!

Fresh is great :)

Happy Thursday!

Laura Marcella said...

I agree with #8- the hardest part is getting starting! I try not to think about it and just do it. Then it all gets easier!

Jaydee Morgan said...

Good tips here - and now that the kids are back in school, it's a great time to do some organizing around my house.

Terry Stonecrop said...

Great advice! I'm real good at the reward one. The others, not so much. Thanks for the reminder:) And good luck with your winter writing!

Jemi Fraser said...

Such good advice! And you're right - getting started is the worst! :)

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Dianne K. Salerni said...

Very timely advice for me! I just finished the 3rd of 4 inservice days and class starts on Monday. I'm exhausted, and I have three separate writing projects I should be working on.

The one thing I never do is give myself a break. That's probably contributing to my exhaustion. I like the workspace idea too. Your advice on organizing the tasks is also spot on. You may have saved me from tears tonight.

Katherine C said...

Good suggestions :-)

Anonymous said...

These were excellent tips, and you're especially right about getting started. I find that once I force myself to start something (be it writing or studying a foreign language), after maybe a few minutes I no longer have to make much of an effort!

Have a great weekend!