The ''Do It' or 'To Do' list, writers love and use weekly, or even monthly. That is right isn't it? You do use a list? Here is why you should if you're not...some tips to help you make it work!
- Tracking - Use one to track long term goals. Research shows keeping a list makes us happier and more productive, its also a good way of breaking a big project like writing a novel, down into smaller, more manageable chunks.
- Control - Each time you cross something off a list, it makes you feel good, a mental reminder that you're making progress.
- Memory - If you're good (I'm not!) you can possibly remember seven to nine things you should be working on. Lists make it easier, its there in front of you, you can delegate, prioritise or even cancel or change tasks.
- Decisions - Jotting everything down that comes to mind can actually help you solve BIG ugly problems too.
- Habit - Once you get with the list idea, you'll work faster, and with more ease. You will become more productive over time.
- Motivation - Lists spur you on towards your goals. Making you more enthusiastic to complete tasks because you can see progress.
- Priority - You can see at a glance what will make you happiest if you could complete it.
- Feel Joy - When you're ticking off, or striking a line through a completed task.
- Stress Proof It! - Make sure you have at least a couple of fun things on the list. Something you enjoy, in my case it might be walking or taking time out for tea and cake with a friend.
- Don't Overdo It! - Whatever you do, don't overload you're list, otherwise you'll have a constant thrum of worry in your head that you can't get it done. I know, because I used to do this all the time. Its non productive.
Why not try it this week, start a list for tomorrow. Keep is short. Start out with three or four challenges.
Send a long overdue email to a writing buddy
Enter a competition
Go for a 30 minute walk
Then do the same again the next day, and the next, and come back and let me know how it went?