I find this week's topic very relevant. A.S. Fenichel asks:
The year is half over! OMG! Tell us how you organize your world? Do you keep a day planner? Do you use your phone? Is organization important to you or is your life in total chaos and you love it?
If you joined me from Jenna Da Sie, you'll know how that busy mom keeps her days straight. As for me…
Holidays have a way of disrupting the time-space continuum in my life, and with a couple weeks away I'm finding it hard to get back in the flow of things. People who know me well (waves a hand at Mr. C) know that I do best with a set schedule. I prefer knowing what's happening well in advance. I like to think I'm more flexible than I used to be—having three children, two of whom are a lot more laid back than I am, will do that to you—but I am most happy and contented when I have a clear plan.
That being said, I don't feel like I'm an obviously over organized person. I don't use coloured tabs in notebooks or have post it notes all over the place. At my day job I use Google Calendar, as I have to share schedules with other people, and I love the ease of that. But personally I only mark it on the calendar if I'm truly worried about missing something important.
In my writing, I'm a plotter. I like to outline quite substantially before I get started on a new story. But when it comes to setting time to write, I don't have it on a planner, because it always happens at the same time. And I have a daily word count, so that takes care of itself. When I'm not working on a new book, I use that time for editing or publishing duties. So far, it's all seemed to work out just fine!
If I'm looking at the year as half over, I'm feeling pretty good about how I've organized things. I released a new book in January, pretty much on time. I finished the manuscript I was working on at the end of May, before heading off on holiday. That had always been the goal, but I had to really up my word count in the final month to achieve it, so I was really pleased I made it. I'm getting the rights back on m first novel this fall, so my job over the summer is to get that ready for release, and I'm pretty confident with that. So all in all I think my organization plan is working out!
How do you get organized? Do you keep a beautiful day planner with your notes all written in a stunning copperplate? (That's what I wish I did, but my handwriting qualifies me for med school.) Or are you a technogeek with your iPhone or Android leading the way? I’d love to hear from you!
Then, be sure to hop over to S. C. Mitchell and see how he keeps on track!