Saturday, October 04, 2014

Managing My Day-To-Day

One thing I am doing in preparation for several things in my life, mainly NaNoWriMo, is reading several books on novel writing and time management.  An upside of this reading is how inspired and motivated they make me feel (at the time).  Today's book is Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind edited by Jocelyn K. Glei.

Created by the wonderful people behind Behance (a side shoot of Adobe) and 99u, I was interested in this book, mainly by the prospect of getting a hold on what I do every day and being more productive and more creative.  

"What I can do every day matters more than what I do once in awhile."

Each chapter is written by or an interview with a different person, such as Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project and Leo Babauta of, I found the book chuck full of inspiring quotes and hints and information to try and get a hold on things in my life I can do to become more 'organized' (a favorite word for a Virgo) and focused.  I feel like I spend half my time hopping from project to project and the other half wondering what do work on and wind up sitting in front of the computer playing stupid Facebook games.

Some of my take-aways from the book:

  • Write every day.
  • Set one day a week aside to write next weeks posts.
  • Take time to meditate, seek solitude and to be quiet.
  • Get rid of excess email.
  • Multitasking may not be the best thing to try to do.
  • Take email off as my home page.
  • Keep a record of my writing progress.
  • Keep some time unscheduled.

There is much, much more I have gleaned from this quick read little book, some of which will become posts where I will expand on the things I learned.

"You can't try to do things, you must simply do them."                                                                   -Ray Bradbury

1 comment:

  1. Good morning! I'm thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo, too! I signed up on the site and I've been trying to get some of my sewing projects out of the way so they don't hang over me in November. It'll be an awkward time because November is prime "knit & quilt for Christmas gift giving" time. So I've started my big afghan project already, which should make it easier to set aside for writing time next month. I've never participated in NaNoWriMo before and I'm not sure what I'll write about. But I think it would be good to give it a shot. :)


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