Monday, October 19, 2009


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Only the great room and kitchen remain on my weekend cleaning quest. (I'm not counting the dining room, which was spotless until I started using the table to sort through my office and craft supplies.) I had big plans to finish up yesterday, but I had to get some pages written and work on some prelim pages (the pages at the front of the book before the title page) for the Vegas continuity. It's really bugging me the downstairs isn't all clean!

But I'm going to try to get at least half of my required pages written first. Such dedication! LOL! I wish. I'm just trying to stay ahead of my schedule.

You might remember me mentioning my good friend Elizabeth Boyle's The Plan before. Well, the truth is, I never could make it to the end of one of my plans. I'd last a couple of weeks, but that was all. I never could figure out why, because the idea behind The Plan is really sound. It makes so much sense to my engineering brain. But something in the execution of it just wasn't working.

So I modified The Plan to work for me.

Actually I simplified it. A lot. And made it completely low tech. Non-tech really. Think goodbye fancy spreadsheet, hello pencil and paper.

My plan is hand written into the little 5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in spiral notebook I'm never without. It consists of three columns (October, November, December) with the days of the month written on each line. Next to that is my page goal in parenthesis. Before each of the days that correspond to Mondays, I have where I should be with my total word count if I meet my daily goal. Each night before I go to bed, I write down # pages written/# words written (total words in ms.)

I don't know why the Excel spreadsheet didn't work, but I'm not complaining about my hand scrawled version of The Plan at all. It's working. I'm four days ahead of where I should be in spite of my cleaning frenzy the past couple of days! Now all I have to do is keep it up. Fingers crossed!


Dru said...

You just needed "The Plan" to jumpstart your modified version. I'm glad your plan is working for you.

Have a good Monday.

Tori Lennox said...

I love today's poster! :)

catslady said...

I envy you your organization. I was fairly organized when I worked but it was nothing I really enjoyed, always an effort. It's probably good that my husband thinks that way lol. Of our two grown girls one is like me and one is like him when it comes to organization lol.

Anne-Kathrine said...

Yay on getting organized. You have to do what works for you. The best laid plans wont do a bit of good if it doesn't work for you lol.

I went to NY for 3 days and it was fun. But very tiring since I had to deal with both my parents for that time. I love them but they bicker with eachother the whole time sigh. lol. Must admit I was very very happy to be back in Houston on Sat evening LOL.

Elizabeth Boyle said...

You know, Melissa, I never argue with anyone who finds a way to make the process work for them. Kudos to you for finding the right combo. I write down in my daily planner what I've done and then transfer it to the spreadsheet for the engineer/husband because he LOVES spreadsheets and he loves to see it filling out. Very little work to make the engineer in him smile.

Marianne Arkins said...

Oooh... going to check out The Plan. I love it when a plan comes together... *G*

Brandy said...

Marianne is making me think of the A-team! *G* I'm glad you were able to modify "The Plan" to work for you. And WTG on all that organizing and cleaning!