Dang, That Kait Nolan Was Right #ROW80 Update

Overall Goal: Figure out my writing process

Goal Pieces:

1. Read more books in my genre.

2. Read more books on craft and apply the lessons to my writing.

I’ve tried lists before and like everything else I try for the time, they didn’t go well. Probably because the list I wrote up should only have been tackled by an expert taskmaster. It was LONG.

I wondered if maybe I wasn’t cut out for lists, so I did an experiment at work. I checked out my assignments for the day and instead of organizing them in my head, I wrote them all down. Let me tell you, this made a big difference because I didn’t have to think about what to do next. I just followed my list and managed to finish my work early.

Okay, so lists work, but now I had to apply them at home. I kept it much smaller and things were going pretty well until I had to unexpectedly go to the auto shop for a new battery. Despite the setback, I’d seen the potential of a good list and plan to keep working on them.

I know Kait’s not the only person to suggest a list to me, but she was the first. She’s some kind of a smarty pants.

The End

9 comments on “Dang, That Kait Nolan Was Right #ROW80 Update

  1. Man, I wish lists could work that well for me. It seems whenever I make a list of stuff at work, I try to just go and follow it and a bunch of other stuff happens and I get less done than if I’d made the list! I’m glad they’re starting to work well for you, though, Andrew. Maybe I’m next on the, ahem, list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. love a good list – don’t always manage to finish them but hey thats what ‘ Carried Forward’ is all about – left over jobs start a new list in a splendid fashion!

    I know have a gadget on my desktop which combines lists and timer!!!called ‘action enforcer’ wonderful invention

    all the best for this coming week

  3. Yay for lists! Seriously, they’re awesome. They really free up one’s ability to be productive because you just don’t have to remember everything.

  4. I’ve lived on lists since the week of 4/25/08. I literally have every weekly list saved by month and year on my hard drive. Anal? Yes. Does it help when I am asked to fill out a self-appraisal? Absolutely. When it asks, “What have you accomplished this year?” I can peruse my 52 weekly lists to make another LIST of kick-ass accomplishments. On a personal level, it’s good to see what things you accomplish, be it work related, with writing, or anything else.

    I’m glad you see the benefits, Andrew. Keep Rocking The ROW. ~clink~

  5. Lists are VERY useful tools. Kait definitely has the right idea!

  6. I love lists! (And calendars and any other thing that I try to ignore.) When it stares me in the face, the odds go up of me doing it.

  7. I love lists!! I think I am naturally built to run screaming from them, but they help me anyway. There’s a really great quote that is something like “you can only improve what you measure.” A list is kind of like measuring your personal productivity and since most writers are looking to create a balance between life, work, chores, family, friends, etc AND writing, keeping lists for awhile can really help you see what you’ve been doing and how you can improve.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your list making this week, and have a fantastic week next week!!

  8. LOL, she’s evil that way, our Kait ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with the upcoming week.

  9. Thanks everyone! Great to see so many list lovers.

    L.S.- You’re not the only one. I’m sort of in that stage of sometimes getting less done despite a list, but that’s part of figuring out how to make them work for me.

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