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Using Structure to Keep on Track

I’ve written plenty before about planning and ways to get more done. So why was it at the end of the year that I found myself floundering and seeming to never have time to take a step forward?

I decided to observe my behaviour and see what I could learn about this problem. (more…)


2013 : Expect the Unexpected

It’s usual at this time of the year to think back over the year gone by and make plans for the year ahead. As I looked back on 2012, I realised something important about the things that happened. (more…)

Update on Planning – Why a Week Off is Fatal*

*Fatal to the planning system, not to me I hasten to add.

I was going great guns with my planning system and getting loads done. Then I had a week off and didn’t think I needed to bother planning that week. The trouble is I then didn’t go back to it after that – same as any other habit I guess. I did try one week but failed to follow through.

So after more than a month, with the kids now back at school, and inspired by an excellent Charmouth Literary Festival on Saturday, I’m getting back to it this week. Some of the things on the list involve this blog, and working on the self publishing download. At the Charmouth Literary Festival one of the participants told me that he had passed the fore-runner of this download on to a friend who then self-published his book and since had it picked up by a traditional publisher. That was great feedback and encouraged me no end.

I know there’s no point beating myself up over the lapse of my planning, but I do aim to learn from it that I have to keep focussed and do it EVERY week in order for it to be a habit.

Planning 1 Financial Disorganisation 0

I racked up my first major success for following my planning system last week. A letter arrived from the government notifying me of an approaching deadline for filing some forms. Normally something that would strike terror into my heart because I was unprepared. Not this time, though. (more…)

Making Space

Last week my planning had been a bit of a disaster. I had a really bad Sunday where I tried to do too much and so last week I aimed to do much less. I still didn’t quite get everything done, but at least I did make some progress. In fact I was pretty happy that I did get a little writing done on Book 3, found and learned to use a mind mapping software and planned the contents of the download that will accompany Book 2 when it comes out in September.
In the week ahead (more…)

Trying to Do Too Much

This is my weekly look at how planning has worked out over the last week and what lies in store for the week ahead. Well this time the story is tinged with a bit of burnout. Planning is just fantastic for getting things done, a wonderful motivator. But yesterday I found myself trying to mop up a variety of tasks from the week and I tried to stretch myself too far. (more…)

Planning after 3 weeks – Prioritising

Thank goodness I was actually at home on Sunday this week – especially given that I was working on Saturday. Between meetings with editors and doing the ironing it was still a busy day, but also a fabulously productive one. See, I even made time to make cakes. In fact my default position on a Sunday is that baking comes first. For me Sunday is first about family and home. (more…)