A to Z is the brainchild of Arlee Bird over at Tossing it Out and I'd like to thank him for initiating the Challenge, and allowing us all the opportunity to take part - its going to be a roller coaster ride of fun!
Here is my first post.
|Daily Achievement Chart - Maria A Smith|
A Writers Achievement chart is a tool in the writers armoury to keep you on track. I've not used one before, its a simple wall chart, this one, came as a freebie in the middle of Writers Forum Magazine, and so far they've produced one each month this year. If you take the magazine you may as well use it! Or alternatively you could make your own, all you need is a calendar with a square for each day of the month big enough to jot down a few lines.
As an exercise I filled it out to find out exactly what I get done in a month. It took me few days to remember to fill it in, even though I'd put it in a prominent place as you can see.
Sometimes I put down word counts, but mostly I recorded all the writerly things that I did including writing, editing, putting ideas in my notebook, blog posts, meetings, reading and researching etc
Regulars to this blog already know I set and post weekly goal lists for myself, and they are brilliant for me as a guide and reminder of what I'm planning to do. The achievement chart is different as you fill it in as you go along each day. Its rewarding to see my progress laid out in this way. Surprisingly, even though I profess to not doing very much, regularly, the chart, I've discovered tells a different tale. I can see at a glance a definite pattern of what works, and what might work better on other days. I also saw days when I had a break altogether.
It has served as a great initiator of smiles. Yes, that's right. I can't help smiling when I see it because I look at how much I've got done! And I want to keep adding to it, and saying to myself.
'Maria, you know what, you're actually better than you think you are at getting this stuff done.'
Of course I do a fair amount of procrastinating too, but I have this chart now, staring me in the face every time I open the fridge (which is often, I'm head chef, and chief bottle washer) I know I have to fill it up with writerly things.
Why not make your own, and give it a go this month? You might be surprised, it gives me a boost and it could do the same for you too. Let me know how you get on.