The journey I have embarked on to get my work to the public has been interesting, frustrating and tiring. Despite my frustration over not having enough time to progress at the speed I would like, I am quite happy I have decided after all these years to do this.
My secret to keeping things straight with everything else going on in my life, record keeping for A&J Towing (necessary to help keep the business going, people paid and businesses billed), courier work to Kentucky every day (this is where I contribute bringing money in), household chores (because unfortunately they don’t do themselves), is lists. Nothing is quite as irritating as opening my computer, ready to create when CRAP! something else more pressing has just made itself known. Something I have learned trying to write through the years is everything is more pressing. I can’t put what I was going to write on a list, that would be called writing. But I can write down the contests I’ve researched, what website I need to submit to next, what kind of blog I need to write, how many books I need ordered, what I need to do with those books when I get them, the lists go on an on. Which is why they are so important.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made lists before; To Do lists, Grocery lists, Bills to be Paid, etc. But the lists I am making now I regret to say sit in a notebook, waiting for time to appear. But it is a huge time saver because I now do not spend time making my brain smoke because I can’t remember what I was supposed to do with the book I’m holding in my hand. Because sometimes people, I am very forgetful. Like when you have a drink in your hand (worse is when its non-alcoholic) you sit it down and you wonder around the house a few minutes later thinking, where did I put it. Without a list, I would spend countless hours in a loop, re-researching, re-organizing, re-submitting, re-reading, re-thinking.
I know, lists are covered in the first chapter of Organization 101 (if there is such a book or course out there, I am just guessing). My point is lists are basic, but very powerful.