==> What's really, really REALLY important?
==> Your Master List and Writer's Planner
==> Your Personal Mosaic
Thu, Jan 1, 2004
New Year's Day
Day One - The New Year
Don't you just love New Year's? Parties, the apple dropping,
and clean calendars. And resolutions. And holiday bills in
the mail. Hmmmm.... maybe it's not so fun anymore?
I know every one of us has set a resolution for the new year,
and then blown it within a couple days. Let's make this year
First, you are allowed to jump on and off this goal-setting/
resolution wagon with no guilt. If life gets too crazy and
you quit writing for a few days, no big deal. Just jump
back on wherever you were.
Second (and this is really important), I want you to work
with yourself this year. Make sure everything you decide to
do in 2004 fits with your personality and your life. Make
sure you really, really, REALLY want whatever you're going for
Take a look back at your successes. What worked
for you in prior years? What was different about that event
from other events where you weren't as successful? What
motivates you to stick with projects even after the initial
excitement has worn off?
If you own The Organized Writer EBOOK: Ctrl-N, page 10.
Take the personality quiz. Are you a messy, piler, pack rat or
procrastinator? What other personality traits affect how you think
and work? Learn tricks for working with each personality type.
Tax Note: Set up two taxes folders - Taxes 2003 and
2004. You'll be getting lots of tax papers over the next couple
Then, run out to your car, and jot down your
mileage on two slips of paper.
Stick one copy in Taxes 2003 (your ending mileage) and one copy in Taxes 2004
folder (your beginning mileage). Or write it
on your Writer's Calendar.
Copyright Update: Then, hop out to your website, and
update all the copyright notices to include 2004. Updated
copyrights give the impression you are really on top of
things! Now, to fix all mine....
Day One Checklist:
___ 1. What successes did you have in the past year or prior years?
___ 2. What worked for you to help you succeed?
___ 3. What motivates you?
___ 4. Take the personality quiz on p. 10 and note your personality type: ______________________________________
___ 5. What tricks will help you with this trait?
___ 6. Set up your Taxes 2003 and Taxes 2004 folders.
___ 7. Note your beginning and ending mileage.
___ 8. Update the copyright notice on your web site.
Fri, Jan 2, 2004
Day Two - Your Master List
Where do you file your papers? What about your favorites on
your computer? Or your computer files?
What if I had one solution for all of these?
Consider using a Master List.
What is a Master List? The Master List, your organizing
bible, drives nearly everything you do. The Master List
categorizes your most commonly used topics into one
The Master List is based on a pyramid scheme. The top of
the pyramid contains only a few Main Categories. They are
subdivided into Subcategories. At the lowest level are your
Ideas and Topics. You should have lots of these.
For more info, check out the excerpt from The Organized
Writer: 30 Days to More Time, More Money and Less
Today, create your own Master List, or update the one from
If you own The Organized Writer EBOOK: Press Ctrl+N and
go to page 14 to read about the master list. Page 18 has the
blank form, and page 19 has a sample master list.
Day Two Checklist:
___ 1. Make your own Master List, or update it if you already have one.
___ 2. Print copies on colored paper to put in your planner,
by your computer, and in the front of your filing cabinet.
Sat, Jan 3, 2004
Day 3 - Create Your Planner
If you haven't done it yet, get your planner in shape for
2004. I'm so excited. For those of you who keep saying, "I'm
going to get that planner put together," I've got the solution
for you. You can now buy a planner directly from
OrganizedWriter.com. Find out more. If you'd rather, buy your planner supplies. You need:
-- dividers (15-20)
-- page/tape flags as subdividers
-- three-hole punch
-- clicker pens
Print planner pages from the file you received when you
subscribed. Not sure where it is? The file is called
writersplanner.pdf, and use Start > Search > For Files or
Folders... to locate it.
The planner pages are listed in the appendix. Be
sure to print the 10 new forms you didn't get when you
subscribed to this newsletter:
-- Idea Grabber,
-- Publication Analyzer,
-- Time Map,
-- Three new accounting forms (income and deposit records,
expense records, and credit card payments),
-- Pre-designed Hanging Folder Labels,
-- A proofreading checklist, and
-- A query checklist.
Day Three Checklist:
__ 1. Buy your planner or planner supplies.
__ 2. Print planner pages or send pages to a copy center.
__ 3. Clean out last year's planner.
Sun, Jan 4, 2004
Day 4 - What Do You Want?
Today you get to put together a mosaic of what you really,
Remember how much fun it was in kindergarten to cut out
pictures from magazines and catalogs? We're going to do
that again for a couple reasons. First, our minds tend
to think in pictures so the more vivid you can make the
images for your mind, the better.
Second, I want you to visit that fun time when you were
a child and got to pull out the scissors and glue (and
crayons and markers, if you like!).
As you flip through the magazines and catalogs, look for
what appeals to you, things you love. One writer cut
out the New York Times Bestseller List and added his book
and name to the list.
What can you do with all these pictures? You can glue
them to posterboard or a presentation board. You can
also collect the pictures in a scrapbook. Pick whatever
appeals to you.
I'm pulling together several pages for each area of my
life: writing, hubby, kids, other family, home, financial,
time and organization, business, health, philanthropy,
spiritual, and FUN! I love quotes so I'm adding my
I did a simplified version of this last year, and
I was amazed at what I got. I wanted a portable of my own (my
husband and I were sharing one). Well I didn't get a new
one, but he did, and I got the old one all for myself --
yay! I also wanted a new handheld PDA (personal digital
assistant), but I knew there was no way I could afford
it last year. Guess what? My hubby gave it to me for
my birthday! Yes, this is the man who gave me a hard
drive for my computer when we were dating <grin>.
What amazed me was how these two items materialized
in my life even though I was certain they would not
when I cut them out.
Writer.com? You'll love the ebook.....
"Julie, I love your book. I have read (or at least opened) more than a trunk load of books about writing over the years. Yours is the first I have seen that gives readers so much in one place. For me, the Master List and putting that together was more than worth the cost."
-- David Stoddard
Motivational writer, trainer and publisher of the
Terrific Life Concepts ezine.
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