It’s only day two and my motivation is flagging as I can’t think what to write about. It doesn’t help that I feel tired, despite it being a four cup of coffee day and having had some Piano Chocolate Pudding.
Yes, I finally cracked open the last of my supplies of this wondrously fine Norwegian dessert on New Year’s Eve and have one last portion waiting for me in the fridge. I wish I could get it here, but in its old tetrahedral packaging which was so much easier to open.
The suggested topic for the day is what my best accomplishment in 2010 was, so I might as well write about that.
Acquiring a cat is not exactly an accomplishment, although Pebble coming to live with us was the nicest thing that happened.
I did my year end review yesterday. I didn’t do too badly at achieving my goals last year. The most surprising was managing to continue my list system for a whole year. That was part of my attempt to become more organised.
It’s a good system and quite easy. I got it from this very useful site on novel writing, but I can’t remember which issue of the e-zine it was in. There’s loads of good advice there about being organised and writing in general, so it’s worth a look if you’re at a loose end.
The system basically starts by picking a few big important goals for the year. Then you think about how you can achieve those goals, breaking them down into tasks which can be achieved in smaller blocks of time. Then you allocate goals for the quarter, then for the month, the week and the day.
This means you don’t lost sight of the big goals among the minutiae that usually clutter up to do lists.
So for the goal of working on my thesis I can break that down and say that in the first quarter I need to finish writing my upgrade portfolio. It needs to be 12k and I have 4k done to second draft. I need another 4k in January then, which works out at 1k a week. I also need to factor in the other work required for it, such as reading, planning and so on, but that gives me some achievable, measurable goals to aim for and monitor whether I am on track or not.
Thus my to do list has on it both tasks which help towards my big goals and small tasks such as change the cat litter.
I just keep it in a word processing file. A set of lists, which I can cross things off. Tasks I don’t get to are added to the new list, which I usually make as my first task of the morning, although some really organised people prefer to do the next day’s list as their last task of the day.
It’s not foolproof, as I still manage to forget things, but not nearly as much as I used to.
I may still be somewhat disorganised, but it’s a big improvement from extremely disorganised!
What about you? Best achievement? Organisational tips? New Year Resolutions? I will reply to comments 🙂