There is no shortage of organizing tips for feeling in control of the physical things in your life. If you want a minimal mess desk with functionality and in colors you love, there's probably a Pinterest board for that. Yet as writers, it is equally important to set up your digital space to inspire. Here are some ways that you can set up your digital life to work for you. I'm going to give you some ideas in an easy, bulleted list to get you started.
Hello lovelies. Welcome back to the blog. Today I want to go over goal setting for the new year. I know I've gone over this for short term planning before, but I want to give you a way to plan your entire year realistically so that in December of 2021 you can look back and know you accomplished something.
Hello Lovelies! I have a new free form for you to use. Back in 2014 I was looking for a way to chronicle my writing journey and to quantify how much work I was getting done in my writing. I made a super basic word count tracker, and used it for about five years. Then, I decided my basic, ugly word count tracker wasn't easy to copy from year to year and didn't differentiate between the types of writing projects I was completing. So I set out to completely redesign my word count tracker from the ground up. Thus, my latest and greatest creation. A better word count tracker!
Do you plot your novels out before writing them? Do you start writing with just the ideas in your head and see where the stories and characters lead? Are you maybe somewhere in-between plotting only a few scenes ahead, or just the major points and then building the plot by writing between them?
Well hello, Lovelies! Here we are in Q4 of 2020. It's gone by too fast, hasn't it? It's time to set some new goals so that I can accomplish ALL THE THINGS! As with other quarters I use a Kanban-style Trello Board for all my goal setting. If all of that is gibberish to you, let me explain. Kanban is a Japanese word and it means "signboard" in English. This type of board aims to provide a visual representation of the workload and a capacity measurement for how much work in each category can get done at one time. You put tasks on your Kanban board as space permits, rather than as line items come up. Most commonly in productivity circles you see the board divided horizontally into three parts.
Hello Lovelies, and welcome again to another quarter end. As usual, I will spend some time going over my quarterly goals set back at the beginning of the quarter. This is because I want to celebrate what I accomplished, figure out what I didn't do, and see if there's anything I want to keep or throw off the list.
Storyist Storyist is a creative writing application for Mac OS X and iPad. Tailored for novelists and screenwriters, it provides a word processor, a cork board with support for index cards and photos, an outliner, and a project manager. It is very similar to Scrivener, so if you're already using that, you definitely don't need …
Trello No one who has been on this blog a while is going to be surprised when I say that that Trello is my #1 favorite goal setting and productivity app. I love using it for quarterly goals, for making checklists, and for generally keeping life in order. I maybe haven't talked too much about …
Is there a system out there that is better than the Pomodoro Method?
I've talked about my love/hate relationship with the Pomodoro technique multiple times on the blog now. I love learning new methods for productivity, and am always looking for another way to hack or otherwise motivate myself into getting work done, yet I find that there are always drawbacks to each system.
One weekend, I was thinking about this, and came up with a new system that I hadn't ever heard of before.
Okay, so we've talked about time blocking your day and your week for success, but how far can you really time block out and still make it effective? Well, turns out, you can time block a lot of things pretty far out. I set up my calendar for the entire year, but I'm a crazy …