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Getting Things Done

by Kay~Kacey on 8/27/2005

I woke up at 4 am from a nightmare of the bad guy trying to get me…:wtf: Anyway, after an hour of my mind going full speed ahead with everything I needed to get done, and things I was worrying about I gave up and got up.

Part of this is Danica’s fault She is getting organized and explains her new notebook system this week. I used to use the Getting Things Done method by David Allen. (scroll down on that first link to where it says Five Stages of Workflow if you want to see what this system is about) I bought David Allen’s book. I did a lot of things from it. I got organized. But of course, eventually it all fell apart.

I have GOT to get a grip on things. Suzanne McMinn has a post up on Romancing the Blog today (which I’m not going to link to, because they have some kind of ping thing /track back going on that quotes a big chunk of your own blog post on the pingback–and I don’t particularly want the first part of this blog post posted over there, though possibly that’s controlled by MY wordpress and the excerpt field…) But go read the article. It’s good. It’s about treating your writing as a career. Which we’ve discussed on my blog before here.

Anyway, I do treat writing as a career now. Even though I haven’t sold. But I have GOT to get myself more organized to have more time to write. A full time job, raising kids, and writing. That’s a lot to get a grip on. So do any of you use a particular method to get organized? Random lists? A notebook or dayplanner? A Palm Pilot? Wing it?

I’m thinking of dragging out the Getting Things Done book and trying that again. But maybe a streamlined process. I have GOT to get a grip. Oh, I said that. HELP ME…(I need that help me smilie)

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Le August 27, 2005 at 7:15 am

You know what helps me, Kacey, is I know someone really disciplined. It used to be me, before I had kids. LOL! Anyway, when I’m having trouble getting up in the morning, I think, “So-and-so would get up.” And I get up. It doesn’t always work, but sometimes it does. :)

Mary August 27, 2005 at 7:43 am

I make a list everyday of stuff I have to do. I don’t stop till it’s all crossed off.

Rene August 27, 2005 at 7:51 am

I have a terrible time getting organized so I started going to Flylady(http://flylady.org/) mainly because my biggest problem is my house and trying to maintain it. I organized my day so that I could have writing time every day. I don’t always do it, but I know it can be done if I apply myself.

Tori August 27, 2005 at 9:45 am

Organized? Me? Hah! :rofl:

Amy K August 27, 2005 at 10:22 am

Um, I need to get organized too. Thanks for prompting a little hyperventilation. ;)

Suzanne August 27, 2005 at 3:04 pm

I don’t have nightmares, I just wake up and START STRESSING. I am out of control on organization.

Emma S August 27, 2005 at 4:29 pm

I LOVE getting organized. I love buying folders and notebooks and new calendars and corkboards and wipeboards, etc. I’m a crazy list maker.

None of it really helps me.

I’m the kind of person that writes something down AFTER it’s done, just so I can cross it off my list.

I guess what I’m saying is that when it comes to organization, I’m no help at all.

Gina August 27, 2005 at 5:22 pm

I have all these ideas on getting organized, but half of them don’t last longer than a week before they get tossed out the window. However, I am probably the most disorganized organized person. People tell me this all the time. My office is also my bedroom. Living in a two bedroom apartment makes it that way. People walk into my bedroom, and ask me how I can find anything. I just can. However, I’ve seem to lost one of my CD cases because a few of my favorite CD’s have gone missing! SIGH!

Danica August 27, 2005 at 5:43 pm

Hey, I like that link thing… going to see if I can use his ideas too. :)

I tried flylady… and I’m still on the list. I use it for cleaning guidelines, but I’ve never been able to get myself to do the whole system. Yep, I fight conformity on everything.

Steph T. August 27, 2005 at 7:39 pm

What really hit home for me from Suzanne’s post was when she talked about making office hours. I waste so much time trying to get everything done so I can have free time to write, when really, I should just write and then take care of all the other stuff when I’m done. Because it’s ALWAYS going to be there.

I’m totally getting ready to set some office hours. :typing:

Kelly C. August 27, 2005 at 8:44 pm

Sorry, no helpful tips. Organization and I have never met! :grin:

kacey August 28, 2005 at 7:06 am

Mary, you’re just way to organized! I’d never be able to cross off everything on my list before I went to bed…I’d never get to go to bed :mad2:

Rene, I tried that FlyLady thing. She drove me nuts.

Suzanne, isn’t the waking up and immediately stressing thing horrible?? Which is why I’m determined to get things under control around here. (QUIT LAUGHING!)

StephT- Suzanne’s blog post was great, wasn’t it? The set office hours thing is a good idea. I don’t know why we always think, I’ll do this and this so I’ll have more time to write. Then BAM :mad2: the time is gone and there’s no writing.

and I quesss??? I feel better that most of you aren’t organized either??? :shakehead:

Teresa August 28, 2005 at 1:25 pm

I’m actually stressing a lot right now. But this is one reason I started my body of work. It’s so I know what I’m working on and at what stage every one of my projects are at. I want to have a steady stream of work in progresses in different stages so that I can make this my career. It’s past time for that for me.

So I guess I should stop procrastinating this afternoon and get busy editing huh.:typing:

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