When Your To Do List Is A Bust

Big To Do List for July 2018
  • Sometimes, I just don’t want to do what’s on them. I thought it was a goal, but really, it was an aspiration, and it wasn’t as important as the things I did make time for.
  • I didn’t make enough time to do it. Some tasks seem easy but when you start them, you realize there’s a whole list of other tasks (like research) that you need to do before you can complete the task. Related to this, some tasks take way more time than expected, pushing other tasks out of the way. That FF Report was a beast, clocking in at 35 pages when I thought it would be much shorter.
  • You find out it’s better to wait. Like my querying example. On July 1, I thought 10 queries was a great idea. On July 2, I found out I won a writing award but the news was embargoed until August. I wanted to share the news with agents I query, so it was worth waiting until August to do those queries. I can probably do twice as many next month, if I decide to do another To Do List.
  1. Figure out what got in the way (like I did above).
  2. Forgive myself.
  3. Consider whether I need to let go of a few goals or ideas, maybe moving them to a wish list where I can acknowledge they exist but not feel bogged down by failing to execute on them.
  4. Shake up the goals by adding something completely different. This month, for example, I am going to work my way through a How To Draw book I got years ago as a gift. This gives me permission to buy a new notebook and some pencils, and will hopefully stimulate a part of my brain, since clearly my brain was turned off by some of those July ideas.
  5. Reasonably assess the time I have available, and calendar my tasks in a reasonable time frame.

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Andrea Laiacona Dooley

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