Read an interesting post by Krissy Brady about to-do lists for writers, called "How to turn a to-do list into a to-done list. She raises some good points in it: do a weekly list and a daily list, order into categories and priorities, make sure they are actionable, etc. Check it out.
With NaNoWriMo done I still have lots I'd like to be doing, but I need to corral all these ideas and initiatives. My overall goals are to become a successful author, get healthier, and enjoy life. The author part includes frequent writing challenges, blog posts like this one, learning more about writing via books, blogs, fiction, but it also needs a publishing focus, to go from writer to author. This will include editing my novels, sending out stories, and eventually publishing. The healthier part means better habits of exercise and eating. All the above should hopefully be some fun, but the enjoyment focus comes under Other too, and includes time with friends and family, music nights at my local, social media, following newspapers and newsletters online, doing online University courses, following a few good TV series, and trombone with a large band. Oh - and get ready for Christmas!
Obviously this is way more than fits in a day, so the solution I think is to schedule the must-do things, and let some of the others fill in as they may, things like 'check to see what's happening on Facebook'. I'll plan the week on Sunday, touch bases on Wednesday - both as part of ROW80 check in. As for what tools to use, other than these ROW80 updates, I can use GoTasks on my iPhone5 (yay!), which syncs, sort of, with Google tasks, and gives reminders. Or use Evernote. Or a pen and paper journal.
So - here's my update since last check in - which apparently was not Sunday, but last week:
- did a Flash Fiction Friday story
- discussed The Help at the Hintonburg Pirates Book Club. I read it as a writer, looking at POV, structure, character arc's, etc. There were eight of us this time, with quite an intense discussion of racism in general and our own experiences. Also a lot of laughter and wine.
- publishing - attended a local artisans and author's fair on the weekend. Talked to a number of local new authors, and gave two publishers a synopsis of each of my three novels, plus the Fairy Tale Folk stories. Waiting for feedback on which - if any - look interesting to them.
- Health - not much change, need some habits here. Did walk about a lot on a warm Monday.
- Astronomy course - completed week 1 videos, as well as homework assignment. A lot of math and geometry, but got 100% eventually.
- Upgraded to an iPhone5 as reward for winning NaNoWriMo. Will try to NOT use home phone - could cancel and save money. Could also cancel cable - rarely watch TV, rabbit ears might be enough. Have a copy of The Help waiting to be watched now, as well as Season 4 of Warehouse 13.
- writing - maybe another FF for Friday - depends on time and motivation. Topic hasn't grabbed me yet.
- publishing - add more of old stories to my master list to manage them
- health - get out there, hopefully not directly to a pub or cafe
- work on Astronomy course - have almost 4 hours of videos to watch, take notes, rewind, then apply to homework questions.
- Grandson visits, music and friends at The Carleton, Facebook, email, etc.