Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Reprint of Randy Ingermanson's Organization: Your Fragmented Life

This article is reprinted by permission of the author.

Award-winning novelist Randy Ingermanson, "the Snowflake Guy," publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 12,000 readers. If you want to learn the craft and marketing of fiction, AND make your writing more valuable to editors, AND have FUN doing it, visit www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.

So your life is fragmented beyond belief, right? You need to research foods they ate in the 1880s in France for your novel.
And the repair guy is coming at 10 AM to fix the busted washing machine.
And you have a blog that needs feeding.
There's a storm coming and it might be time to clear the gunk out of the rain gutters before they overflow.
Did you remember to sign up for that writing conference that's going to have that agent you've been mooning over?
The cat is way overdue to be spayed and she's acting much too friendly with your teddy bear.
You haven't Facebooked in ages and you're not sure it matters anymore because you hate it anyway.
Your boss wants that report on his desk tomorrow.
You're supposed to be writing your novel.
All of the above, and more, is on your plate for today. Most of these tasks have been festering on your plate for days or weeks already. You hate your plate. You want all those tasks to just go away. They're all important. Quick -- which do you do first?

Does any of this sound remotely familiar?
Good, you're human. If your life isn't fragmented, you might be a robot. Or God. Or deceased.
So how do you deal with it all? I can't tell you how you SHOULD deal with it all. But I can tell you how I deal with it. If it sounds like it might work for you, then try it.

There are really three basic steps here:

* Keep lists for the main Big Chunks of your life. All tasks go on a list for one of your Big Chunks, or else they go on the Miscellaneous list.
* Every day, pick a few of the Big Chunk lists to work on. Assign a priority for each list for the day. Set a fixed amount of time that you're going to work exclusively on each list, when you'll be totally focused on that list.
* When it's time to work on a given list, work on that for the assigned amount of time and then stop. Ignore all interruptions if you possibly can.
Does this work? Yes, it works for me. It might work for you too.

In the remainder of this article, Randy takes you through a typical day and demonstrates how he puts the principles listed above to work. Click here to read the rest. Also, be sure to subscribe to the free AdvancedFiction Writing E-zine. I look forward to mine each and every month!

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