Three things you should know about me:
1. I’m a tad chaotic, not a linear thinker, and organizationally challenged. (That’s really a three-for-one.)
2. I get overwhelmed easily when faced with the need to think ahead, plan backwards, and cross tasks off lists.
3. I work two jobs when you count novel stuff and day job–so I’m bananas anyhow.
I knew, come January 1st, 2014, I was going to be in for it with KILMOON tasks, so back in December I arranged for a month’s worth of coaching from the fabulous Lisa Romeo. I had two main worries: The sheer level of pre-launch tasks I needed to get a grip on PLUS seasonal affective disorder. Bad timing that my book launches in March because January is my worst month of the year for energy and self-discipline.
I’m the hibernation queen, seriously.
Thanks to Lisa, I did get some major things accomplished in January. Things like:
1. Blog tour pretty much set in stone.
2. Launch party venue and date set.
3. Swag and promotion-y stuff almost on its way to be completed.
4. Newsletter almost on it’s way to being completed.
5. A ton of smaller task items too.
Here’s the funny thing–even with a coach telling me what to do, namely
- Figure out my big task categories (blog tour, launch party, etc.) and brainstorm every sub-task possible.
- Set the deadlines and then schedule the sub-tasks backwards.
- Write a to-do list for the week, with the first tasks for each category.
- Complete the tasks and cross them off the list; get the next tasks.
I STILL wasn’t that organized or really that effective. I got more done than I would have — for sure — because Lisa was there to gently whip me into shape, but still.
Come to find out that I suck at follow-through and quick decision-making. Also, I have a tendency to put tasks on the list that I’m not mentally ready to tackle yet, so they get pushed to the next week, and then I have an even loooonger task list the next week.
My task lists are really mental-prep lists. I put a task on it, and hopefully I actually do it the next week. I suppose as long as I know that about myself, I can plan accordingly, right?
Unfortunately, I’m not so good at planning either.
Sigh. In my attempt to get organized, I feel more unorganized than ever. Feels like I’m learning to walk — faltering baby steps, land on my arse, get back up again. That’s OK, but man, without diapers I’m landing hard.
And, even the sub-tasks have sub-tasks. For example, here’s a task I thought I’d get done today: Send a launch party save-the-date email to friends and family, with proper invite to come later.
Easy … except there are tons of people I want to tell in addition to my obvious crew. So really I need to 1) wade through my paper piles for various Post-Its on which I’ve jotted names of people not to forget to invite; 2) write a coherent list; 3) figure out how to contact them if I don’t have handy email addresses.
Don’t think I’ll be crossing that task off the list today.