Today I'm in the laboratory where I've been studying productivity in writers. Please put on your gloves and goggles because this experiment is all about YOU.
What happens when your day is out of control? You're unable to meet your primary writing goals? For any number of reasons you aren't on top of your game. Creativity just left the room and won't be back until tomorrow. The time bandits stole your writing time. Change of plans just wrecked havoc on your sacred writing time?
DON'T GIVE UP!
You can still be productive. It's just time to change your approach.It's time to maximize the functionality and productivity of your left brain.
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These should be tasks that are related to:
- Writing (not creative writing)
- Scientific skills
For any working writer there is always a long list of ancillary tasks that need to be done and have been put off for a nebulous "another time."
Keep a list of these tasks and plow through them on your left brain days. Let me repeat that.
KEEP AN EMERGENCY LEFT BRAIN LIST OF TASKS. Don't wait until you find yourself floundering and feeling like a loser for not meeting your own expectations.
An imaginary list example:
- Enroll in Scrivener class that starts September 9 on The Edited Life.
- Create submission spread sheet in Excel
- Write blog posts for next month
- Create Instagram and Pinterest accounts and figure them out
- Learn how to maximize my LinkedIN account
- Join Indie Romance Ink Group on Yahoo and read archives IndieRomanceInkfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Create spreadsheet to identify all partial and full manuscripts
- Financial breakdown of how I can attend RWA or ACFW conference
- Complete judging sheets for contest
- Create an Author Central Account
- Become a member of Author EMS
- Check out Grammarly subscription
- Evaluate upcoming contests
- Create a newsletter
- Create a mailing list
- Update website
- Download a sample of Goal, Motivation & Conflict,for Kindle
- Create GMC spreadsheets for WIP
- Fill out character worksheets
- Add RITA books to Amazon Wish List
- Perform Due Diligence on agents
- Finish critiques for CP
- Stalk editor on internet and find out what themes she loves and hates
- Figure out Dropbox
- Get Mozy
- Download latest version of Fences
Every time you think of a left brain task add it to the list instead of writing a sticky note. When those left brain days come you'll be shocked at how much you accomplish. And it feels good too!
Don't waste valuable right brain time on your left brain list. Remember you can always move to the left brain once your right brain is tapped out for the day.
Methods to maximize left brain productivity:
1. Multi-tasking is a myth. Focus on ONE task at a time.
2. Create an 'Eat That Frog' mentality. Do the most unpleasant task first and get it over with.
3. Exploit your peak performance time each day to get the most done.
4. After each task is completed acknowledge your success.
Time to fess up. What is the one onerous task on your LEFT BRAIN list you've been avoiding?? By verbalizing it you're one step closer to making it happen.
Today I'm giving away a ten-page critique to one writer. BUT YOU HAVE TO SAY YOU'RE UP FOR IT.
Tina Radcliffe is a mild mannered hermit who writes Inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired as Tina Radcliffe and romantic comedy as Tina Russo. You can find her at www.tinaradcliffe.com
Her latest release from Love Inspired is Mending the Doctor's Heart. Her first Indie release, The Rosetti Curse, will be available late August 2013.
And keep your eye on the newsstands. Her latest short romantic fiction for Woman's World will be available in the August 22 issue.