For anyone who has read my blog for a while the revelation that I love organising, de-cluttering, setting up and following systems etc. etc. is not news. But the question is do they make me more productive? The answer is possibly not.
The Boss is, on the surface, highly disorganised. His diary other than his online work diary, is non-existent; to do lists are scrawled on the back of envelopes and filing is a foreign language. On the other hand he is highly productive, while some jobs do slip through the net it is rarely the important ones.
I set annual, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals. I set disciplines for myself and I have a fully up to date diary and keep all my to do lists and notes in notebooks that I keep and can and do refer back to.
Reader, I procrastinate. I waddle my way through my to do lists. Not exactly cherry picking but certainly not attacking those jobs which won’t give me pleasure. Consequently I do a lot of decluttering and sorting and tidying and cleaning and I am always behind with the invoices.
Leaving work to write full-time means I can no longer work this way. If Book Two is going to come to fruition I have to “go to work” . Previously I have snatched writing time around my job(s). Now writing will be my job so that must be the occupation around which everything else is wrapped.
I need a plan. I always have to have a plan. A timetable, maybe? A set number of hours? A set number of words? When I didn’t have the luxury of time I wrote. Now I have the time I am worried I will fritter it away.
How do you write?