If you read Janet Fogg's Citation: The Order of the Chocolate Donut yesterday, and are totally bummed because you couldn't claim you'd written a complete To Do List during 2010 and are therefore an undeserving goof-off, then I'm frankly amazed you showed your face here today.
But you are here.
That means you want to do better next year. Me, too.
I did complete one first draft in 2010, so I'm not a total loser. Overall, however, I wrote blog posts, blog-hopped, blog-challenged, e-mailed, wrote Facebook status updates, tweeted, surfed the Internet, and played more than I wrote.
Time management seems like a common sense issue. Doesn't it? Yet, here I am, learning another innovative way to procrastinate:
Don't worry. I have no intention of giving up fun. My plan is pretty simple.
1. Focus on long-term goals.
2. Set reasonable weekly and daily benchmarks.
3. Keep track.
4. Adjust benchmarks as needed.
5. Don't sweat the small stuff.
In addition to my regular calendar, I now have a 2011 writing planner dedicated to goals and deadlines for writing new stuff, revising old stuff, queries and submissions, and de-stressing (also known as exercise). Keeping word counts worked for me in the past, so I'm adding that technique back to my plan.
If procrastination is also your middle name, and you need to rethink the way you spend your time, read a few of the articles in The Unsurpassable Productivity List: A Handy Guide to Getting Important Things Done at Leo Babauta's zenhabits.
There are several helpful posts at Fuel Your Writing, including 7 Writing Distractions I'm Kissing Goodbye by Suzannah Freeman and After the Break: How to Get Writing Again by Robert Smedley.
The first goal on my list is to write at least 500 words every day. Blog posts and e-mails do not count as part of that total.
What goal is at the top of your list for 2011?