Last Tuesday, I challenged myself to take stock of my writing/art and to reorganize. Here’s that post if you’re interested in reviewing it. I’m posting the results of my week of introspection and how I’ve rearranged my prioities to make life easier, more enjoyable and more productive.
I don’t know about you, but when I have too many items on my to do list, I feel as if I’m not accomplishing anything. Even one success doesn’t dispell the feeling that I’m not doing enough. Therefore, for me, organization is the best thing.
So, here’s how I went about my task:
1 . I took stock of my current projects by listing out my blogs, my writing projects (book length), my editing business, writing projects (shorter), art projects, and home projects. (You can see some of my scribblings during the process in the graphic above)
2. Then, I thought long and hard about which of these were the most important and how to
organize them, so I can make progress on the most important and stop spinning my wheels on all of them.
3. Then I devised goals for the priority areas and a plan for accomplishing the goals.
I think I’m making this all sound too easy by just listing out the results, but I’m not sure you want to read about all the hand wringing and angst I went through in setting a few projects aside for a while.
Blogs (reduce number of blogs from 7 to 4)
As you can see on the chart, I have seven blogs. Well, I determined that I just can’t manage seven blogs. When you have a blog, there’s not only the time to plan, write and edit your posts, but there’s also the social media time required to bring attention to them. With seven of them, I’ve found that my tweeting and my time on Facebook and Google+ have fallen off.
1. So, I am keeping the blog about Max (my cat) as it is. I have a book about him and he has many followers. Since the blog is working well, I’m not messing with that. I am giving myself permission, however, to blog less than daily on it. Instead, my goal is to blog no less than twice per week. Max seems to have lots to say, and sometimes it’s difficult to restrict him. (wink) He’ll understand some of his time being transferred into the book-writing fund.
3. The time saving in this area will occur as I combine the remaining three blogs (WritersCreativeStudio.com, my gallery blog, and this blog (BeforeYouWrite.com). As you can see, I’ve started to consolidate. I’ve added the tab for the gallery above and have loaded on a couple of pictures of my art and photography. And, there’s no reason why I can’t post the topics of my Writer’s Creative Studio here as well.
4. My last blog, The Helpful Blogger, will remain as it is, but I will let it go idle for a while. I’ll consider opening it back up when I add the how-to pdfs I’ve projected under the short writing area. I’m leaving it idle for now, and may delete it later. I just need more time to determine if I want to put the how-to area under a tab here or at The Helpful Blogger. I’ll keep you posted on that.
The other big area of my work is writing book-length fiction and non-fiction. As it is, I have little time for that now, but with the consolidation of the blogs, I’ll be able to open up a block of time for that. I’ve prioritized the books I’m currently working on as follows:
1.Before You Write. I’ll put top priority on finishing the book that is a companion to this blog. It’s about half done, so it’s a good one to concentrate on.
2. The sequel to The Zen of Max is next. I have an outline completed for it. Once I complete Before You Write, I’ll work full-steam ahead on Max’s second book.
3. Third is a book on eldercare I started a while ago. I have a full outline ready on it as well
4. Fourth, Max’s mystery series. He and I have completed a partial manuscript of one mystery novel starring him. We’ll get back to those in the far future.
I do some editing as part of my writing/editing business. That comes to me as people need it; therefore, I can;t set aside a predetermined amount of time for it. I am setting aside some time for writing of short pieces, however. I want to produce some pdf pieces for writers and some possible video lessons on editing, publishing and writing. I’ll work those in as I have time.
After writing, art is the second love of my life. It’s more therapeutic than functioning as a money-maker. Therefore, I’ll devote a certain amount of time daily to art and will continue to post the best of my pieces in my Etsy Shop, but for now, the writing will come first.
I think that soon I will do another whole assessment about home issues. I have been working for a while on downsizing my stuff. I started making an assessment of that here, but it’s just too much to deal with all in one plan.
Here are my five goals for the remainder of 2012
1. Maintain 4 blogs.
2. Write book-length Before You Write. Once that is finished work on Max’s sequel.
3. Create pdf’s for my how-to library, starting in June and posting July through December.
4. Create daily practice art and post the best in my Etsy Shop.
5. Continue downsizing home.
That’s it. I feel very comfortable that my writing/art are better organized now and much more manageable. How did you do?