By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin
Periodically the books, random
papers and magazines pour into my office. After a while they stack up and I have
to stop some activities and spend time organizing and throwing. If I don't
organize, then I find the mess will will overwhelm me. I will get stalled and
unable to function and be productive. Do you ever have this experience or
feeling in your own writing life?
In the last several months, I've
traveled to three live events and while this change of pace is welcomed, it does
interrupt my schedule, normal reading pattern and ability to process things that
come into my mailbox and inbox. Things tend to stack up and fall behind.
My physical mailbox and my inbox
often involve exchanges which provide opportunities for exposure (marketing) and
making money. These opportunities do not happen without clear communication with
the other person and a steady stream of communication. Sometimes I can handle
these issues on the road but on other occasions I have to be sitting in my
office on my desktop computer. Your skill to organize your computer files, your
desk, your bookshelves and much more is a critical part of this process. Your
organization system will be different from mine. If you don't have a plan or
system for these areas of your work, then I encourage you to create one.
As a writer, we have multiple
projects in motion and need to keep it organized to be able to move forward. For
example, at a recent writer's conference, I promised some people that I would
send them a piece of information. At the time, I made a little note about this
promise on their business card, then when I got home I sent through these cards
and followed-up and handled these various situations. Do you have a plan in
place to handle these types of situations? If you do follow through, you will be
one of the few who do it and it is a way to standout and enhance your reputation
in the publishing world. Yes, it is that simple to standout.
As my files, desk and other areas
of my office are better organized, I can increase my production and what I
accomplish each day. If it is disorganized and I have to spend a bunch of time
to locate something, that is a poor use of my limited time and energy. Each of
us have limited time and energy whether we realize it or not. Just so you know I
am not obsessive about organization and still have areas of my office which are
disorganized but in general, I have a good handle on where things are and how to
move things forward. I understand that increased organization will help me to be
more focused and thrive in the days ahead.
How are your organization skills?
Do you have some insights for us? Let me know in the comments
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