Hiddey-ho Scribblers! J Monkeys here. Has this ever happened to you? You change “careers” and one of your areas of personal strength becomes a weakness? Well it happened to me!
Before I became a Stay-at-home Mom, my bosses used to rave about my efficiency. One guy who was kinda a tough boss even went so far as to let me work part-time because he said I got as much done in 25 hours a week as his other folks did in 40!
But now, 4 years into this new career, I’m so scattered it’s a miracle I remember to wear pants! (quickly checking to be sure I’m wearing pants – jammies count right?) Have you seen those funny things going around Facebook – If you give a Mom a Muffin? Click here. That’s me! Hubby laughs that I’m forever being distracted by the sight of something shiny.
Lots of things get started in my life and very few get finished. It’s awful! It’s not me. It’s some kind of horrible, mutant new-me. I’ve tried all kinds of tips and tricks. From the Fly Lady’s Control Journal to the Mommy Calendar to using my phone to me to things I have to do.
“That’s all well & terrible, J,” you’re thinking, “but in your – did you forget that this is a blog about writing?” In the wonderful words of John Pinette, “Nay, nay.” (Click here and have a 5 minute laugh-break, on me!) Wanna know what has finally helped me? Writing a book for an audience of one – me.
Last year, I Indie Pub’d a calendar/organizer/budget just for me. After using all those other systems, I took the best of each and created my own. I used it all year – kept track of my goals, my meetings and appointments, my household budget, my daily To Do’s. I LOVED it! As an added bonus, it only cost $6 (including the shipping!) as compared to the $22 I spent on the last Mommy Calendar style thing I bought.
Now, here it’s March and I haven’t created a new one for this year yet. Well, I had, but then I got a job which takes up a LOT of my previously free time, so it needed adjusting. Honestly, I really miss my old book. I’m excited to tell you that I really focused on that project this week and today, I’ll upload my March 2013 – March 2014 organizer. Hey – I’m writing it, no reason it has to end in December! I can’t wait to start using it!
Today’s secret: The Indie Publishing movement isn’t just for bestsellers – you can publish anything!
Today’s question: Have you developed an organizational system that works for you? Care to share?