- I wrote a business
plan. It contains the projects I’d like to complete this year, as well as
various marketing goals. It’s ambitious, and I may not succeed in getting
everything done, but I’ve called them out, which gives me a written list to
- I have some nifty Excel templates. One is a To-do List. I use this to
keep track of things needing to be completed during the week (or month) by
nagsreminds me if I’ve missed my deadline, something my former written list didn’t do.
- Another template is a Project Tracker. I’ve listed the stories I want to work on this year, the projected begin time, end time, word count, and the word count I complete each month. When I’m done, I’ll include the actual end time and number of days it took to complete, so I have a record for future projects of the same length.
- I have a white board calendar on which I write the word count expected for the month, along with the count completed for each day, week, and the added monthly total.
Here are a couple of unwritten rules for my year.
- I’m being extra careful about the amount of time I give to marketing, social media updates—all those things in the first paragraph. Yes, they’re necessary. However, if I never finish another book, I can market til the cows give chocolate milk, but have nothing new for readers.
- Naturally, I’ll still prepare proposals for special projects, but rather than let them deter me with shouts of “You need to work on me…just in case!” I’ll submit and return to my current WIP.