One at a Time

Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.

I've been fortunate, or sometimes unfortunate, to have never had a problem with writers block. I say unfortunate because there are always several stories in my head battling for my attention. I'd be working on one novel and another would pop into my head so I'd start working on that one too. At one point, I had maybe 5 good starts to a novel but wasn't finishing any of them.  So I decided to work on one novel at a time and so far, that has worked for me. 

It's a pity I can't apply that to life.  I open my gmail intending to clean it up but I find, in an email, an article I like and want to Tweet but once on Twitter, I start reading tweets which sometimes lead to me other websites. Then, since I'm on one of my social networks, I decide to check the others and by that time I have four of five windows open and completely forgotten what I'd at first intended to do. I'm pretty much dabbing into one thing before moving on to another which means, I'm not getting anything done.

Even now, I had set in my mind I would focus on one task but I ended up checking my email which got me checking Writers Digest Community which lead me to writing this blog. The thing is, I'm great at multitasking but maybe for this type of work, multitasking is not the way to go. I need to set in my mind that I will not do anything else until I've finished this project. Easier said then done.

I know it's all about organization and time management but I've tried it before several times. I'm great at organizing other people's things. When I'm at work, I can finish all that needs to be done in the allotted time. I can finish a novel or a short story- focusing on one before I move to the next but I'm having a mental road block when it comes to organizing everything else. I just need to keep repeating in my mind-one at a time. I need to say "do not move on until you've reached a good stopping point." 
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Stephen R. Covey