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December 29th, 2006

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2007_resolution :  Success: 365 days in the Making



October 19th, 2006

Getting Back on Track @ 08:25 am

I have fallen off the Organized Writer wagon. I fell pretty hard, apparently, because it's been a few months since I've done anything with it. OK, maybe it's just 2, but still...

I'm getting back on track. After transcription today, I will be starting again at Day 1.

September 5th, 2006

Days 8 & 9 @ 08:53 am

This weekend -- mainly just yesterday and Sunday -- I read the two days in TOW but didn't make any notes or highlight anything, so I honestly don't have any key points to report on those. It was mainly rehashing what I know, what I tell myself. I need to clean out my file cabinet, which is just a junk collector at this point anyway, and finish cleaning off my desk.

Heh: Desktop contents at this moment: Alcohol swabs, glucometer, checkbook, two "cups" with beads, jewelry tool caddy, some clasps, candle warmer, God box, hammer, pens, Sudoku, 2 flash drives/memory sticks, screwdriver, transcriber. That's not counting the computer and printer/scanner/copier/fax.

Full desk. *s*

I'm apparently easily sidetracked this morning. I thought about redoing those two days, but I think I'll keep on and then pick them back up the next go-round.

I'm running late with my morning routine and transcription is calling.

September 2nd, 2006

One Week In @ 08:52 pm

Today marks day 7 of my Organized Writer project.

As far as organization-type activities, I haven't done a lot, but some progress is better than no progress.

In thinking about this earlier, I almost said forget it, then. But it's that kind of self-defeating attitude and behavior that's brought me to this point. I won't do that to myself anymore.

(This has turned out to be rather heavy so soon in, but it's a good heavy.)

September 1st, 2006

Day 6 @ 09:39 pm


Today I took a look at goals, purpose, inspirations....

I knew I wasn't doing things the way I want to do them, but I didn't realize that I had put the things that are the most important to me so far down on my priorities list.

"Tasks that do not support your life decisions will feel like they drag you down and create noise in your life."

Oh my god.

Can you say, "Story of my life!!" This is honestly every single day with few exceptions.

On days where I am free to write, to create, to make jewelry, to do whatever feels right...

Those are the days I feel real. Those are the days I feel like me. Like Jen.

I need to get to that place more.

August 31st, 2006

Day 5 @ 08:10 pm

Today was about time.

I already know I don't allocate my time well. I don't want or need to be reminded of that fact. And now I need to do a time map. "Make it fun," she says. ("She" being Julie Hood.)

Yeah, right.

Admittedly, I'm rather cynical about the whole "fun" thing when it comes to looking at how I spend my time. I spend way too much time goofing around, playing games on the computer, or surfing the 'net.

So if I know that, why do I do it? Here's a big clue for ya:


I absolutely cannot be emphatic enough about that. I can't stand it. I'm sick of it. That's one reason I'm doing this process. To hopefully be able to organize myself enough that I can manage to get enough work/income with writing to quit the transcription.

Right now it feels like nothing more than a pipe-dream, but I know more than one person who does it so it is entirely possible.

August 30th, 2006

Day 4 @ 07:44 pm

There's really only one point from today, but it's a good one.

"Even if you miss a day, you can easily jump back into your routine."

I'll be going good on something, miss a day or two, and abandon ship. My inner process is always along the lines of, "I've screwed it up now, why bother going on?"

(Today's was rather short, so it's tempting to go on to day 5, but I'm not going to.)

August 29th, 2006

Day 3 Points @ 05:45 pm

It helps me solidify the key points relevant to me if I go through and post them as I come to them. That said, the following are courtesy, of course, of The Organized Writer:

"...[Y]ou must create the habit of using your planner. It takes about a month to establish a habit."

"Is there anything you didn't finish today? Make notes...."

I never make notes about things I don't finish. Let me repeat that.

I never make notes about things I don't finish.

Therefore, I either (1) wake up a lot at night reminding myself to finish it or (2) have a hard time going to sleep for reminding myself to do it the next day.

Hello???? Wake up call to (this) Jen!! Making notes will eliminate a LOT of that.

August 28th, 2006

2 days, 2 points @ 10:45 pm

Yesterday's point (which has already been noted elsewhere *s*):

Courtesy of The Organized Writer by Julie Hood:

"Do what feels right and what appeals to you -- not what seems to 'be organized.'"

This is a biggy. I started the organization project last year with my sister-in-law because I thought I should. I had to "be organized." But the way we went about it wasn't/isn't my way.


Today's point (also already noted elsewhere):

"Be sure your subcategories are distinct and do not overlap." -Julie Hood, The Organized Writer

I tend to be vague when I set up any kind of category/filing system. I justify this by saying it'll be easier to file because the categories will be broad enough that there won't be any problem.



So this is the key point I'm taking away today. And I'm working on my master list. It appears I have one category as a subcategory that should probably be a main category on its own, but I can make that change later, should it be justified.

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