A Writer's Tools
Get yourself organised
This week, I’ve given you an idea as to how I plan my Master Schedule. It is to give you a basic idea of how I plan the week around my writing.
Obviously, I love writing, but I ensure I work with my grandmother’s advice intact:
“Eat your peas first!”
For those of you who don’t like vegetables, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You eat those things you don't like first, and save the best for last (my favourites are roast potatoes!). Using it as a metaphor for life, she meant that I was to save the chores I loved to do for after I'd done the chores I didn't like.
This is a Writer's Daily Plan. In it, you’ll note that I key in some important activities. Like eating, sleeping and exercising. You’ll also note, that in the middle of the day, I bring it all to a stop and use this special time to meditate. This allows me to close my mind off to the ways of the world and to allow my sub-conscious mind to work on any ideas that I may have rummaging around in this head and heart of mine.
Of course, I don’t necessarily stick to the rigid routine or the formal pattern every day of the week. Other work activities and, well, life has a tendency to intrude occasionally. So, some flexibility is all that is required. But, when I feel I’m straying too far from it, I take another look and attempt to get myself back into line.
I also put in there some 'blank' space. This is for me to do other tasks, like clean the house, connect with family members and other important daily things that need to re-connect you with daily living in the 'real' world.
Use the plan as a guide, if you think this will work for you. All you need to do is create an Excel spreadsheet and put in the tasks that are important to you. Print it off and pin it on a noticeboard where you will see it as you write.
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