Do you ever get really disorganized?
Right now, I’m there again. A few months of distraction – book release, blog tour, illness, and school holidays – and my office is overrun with scraps of paper. It’s frustrating too when I’m usually good at keeping on top of things, but a few too many things have slipped to the sidelines lately and it has to stop.
When I worked in Financial Planning the small business I worked for hired business consultants. At the time, I’m fairly sure I rolled my eyes at the expense, interruptions and new procedures they forced upon us. I’d wished they’d spent the money on the salary of another person to take some of the pressure off all of us.
But right now, I’d kill to have someone sweep into my office and reorganise me. Someone with a flair for comb binding machines, excel spreadsheets, and a flair for the dymo label maker.
Sadly, the budget doesn’t stretch to even a casual assistant (and won’t for a very long while) so I really need to tackle the mess myself. I’ve been brainstorming and aside from cleaning up I also think I need to pare down my to-do list to what matter most.
- recording sales numbers by book and by third party sites
- accounting – invoices & income for tax return (this is obviously no 1 with the end of the financial year looming)
- recording my writing progress – it’s motivating and helps me stay on track for deadlines
- storing research materials – so I can hopefully find them again
- copies of my stories – if my computer crashes there would be a lot of crying around here. I should have print as well as digital backups
- reminder systems – I could probably be better organized for marketing and promotion
So, armed with this list I have a plan for the next week – sorting out the paper work of my writing life that’s getting in the way of my getting to my desk. Not really sure what kind of reminder system will work best though. What I’m doing clearly isn’t working so do you have any suggestions for a follow up system for important tasks? Let me know what works for you.