Weekly planning for my writing life

I’m a list-maker.

It’s not just the thrill of crossing something off the list that drives me to this method of organizing my days.

It’s the fact that I will forget about things if they are not there in front of me, on paper. (Digital lists don’t work for me. I’m a paper gal.)

When I’ve burned out on one task, or when I have a few minutes before an appointment, I’ll check my to-do list to see if there isn’t something I can knock off, or at least get started on.

I still sometimes have problems getting everything done, though. I’m still trying to figure out how to structure my writer’s life to best effect.

I kind of like the idea I bumped into today, via an article in The Muse. It highlights a work habit of Jack Dorsey (of Twitter and Square fame): identify a “theme” of each work day, and keep returning to that focus, even if you get distracted by day-to-day tasks.

It also made me think of a Podio infographic I saw come through my social media feed recently, which invited readers to match their daily routines with those of famous creative people. (I probably most resemble Victor Hugo.)

full_embedAnd, in my search for the above infographic, the rabbit hole o’ the Interwebz led me to another book to add to my to-read pile: Daily Rituals by Mason Currey.

What does your daily routine look like when you are at your most productive? What elements are necessary for your writing life?