Happy April Fools’ Day! One of my not-so-foolish goals for 2016 is to become more productive. For me, I know my productivity is hampered by my lack of organization. In other words, I need to get rid of the clutter (both literal and figurative) and focus.
Sometimes, thinking outside of the box, organizing in fluid ways, and having lots of pots on the stove can result in a flock of fabulous ideas. The problem is, without focus, those ideas are often not completed. And time spent on half-done projects is wasted until those projects are completed. I thought I’d take you on this journey, too:
My completed project list – March 31st
Writing: completed a science fiction novelette – time to get it in the hands of my publisher
Non-writing: finished a crocheted afghan for granddaughter
My projects to be completed by April 30th
Writing: 1- finish typing letters home from World War II from a great-uncle and begin research for this nonfiction book
2- revise and add a story to The Greener Forest for re-release by a new publisher
3- finish at least 2 short stories and submit them to publishers
Non-writing: 1- finish a crocheted afghan for youngest grandson
2- add a quilt border to 2 embroidered samplers and frame them
3- gather and scan at least 10 black and white drawings, then submit them to publishers
Even as I type this, it feels ambitious, but I think I can manage. I came across an interesting article on becoming more productive by Lisa M. Gerry: Three Ways to be Instantly More Productive in which she enlists the help of The Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg to share 3 tips for becoming more efficient. Here’s the link.
How about you – do you have any other ideas for increasing productivity?