I began planning 2016 a little before the pages turned over. What can I say? My new calendar rocks! For some reason, paper and pen for to-do lists, planning and scheduling still makes me happy.
There are two major writing workshops I’d love to get into. Fortunately, their deadlines are several months apart. With that in mind, I’m submitting to the one that closes in February first. If that fails, then I go on to the next one. Realizing there will be lots of applicants, I’m already in full editor mode for the sample, and will send it in the day applications open.
The back of my calendar has room for to-do lists. Here I put the dailies and chip away at the monthly and yearly goals.
Thanks to a number of good friends, I’ve also been making Plan A, B, C and D so if A fails, it’s a simple matter to continue down the list. I’m committing to actually sending out to markets this year. Last year I dabbled. This year, I’m making a conscious commitment. Rejection slip? Send to next option on the list.
To make life easier, I keep everything in one place. You guessed it! The calendar.
One other thing I learned to add to productivity: try to keep a neat, organized desk. I didn’t realize how much mental energy was being sapped until I dived into the paper pile and tamed it!
How do you schedule for success?
(Pssst….if your new year isn’t going quite the way you’d hoped it would, you’re not alone. Check out my friend Talia Pente’s experience at: http://www.tpente.com/when-best-laid-plans-go-phhffftt/)