I'm not an organized person by nature. I mean, I know where everything is for the most part and I can usually keep track of appointments in my head. (Sketchy business, I know, but it used to work for me.) But the more things I have to do, the less I'm able to juggle it using just my brain cells.
When I started this self-publishing thing, I knew I would need help. I picked up a date book. And a wall calendar with just dates and no pictures. Stuff gets jotted one place or the other or both, so I don't drop the ball on the things that need doing. (In theory. I still drop the ball from time to time anyway.)
That was last year at this time. And one would've assumed I would be smart enough to know in advance that I would need all that stuff again. But no. It's December 15th and I only just now got a 2016 date book. I still need a calendar I can write stuff on. I guess I should've written 'buy new organizational materials' in my 2015 book so I wouldn't forget.
Being a self-published author means keeping track. It has to. I don't have a boss, giving me deadlines. I don't have a secretary to remind me I have something due to the editor. There's no team putting together my marketing plan and no assistant following up on things for me. It's just me. And my planner.
Me... and my planner... strolling down the avenue...
It's green. I like green. This year's is smaller because the dollar store didn't have bigger ones and I didn't want to drive to Walmart. (Which is why I didn't get a calendar. The dollar store didn't have anything but the pretty picture calendars.) As long as it keeps me on track, I don't care how big it is. When I was outside sales, I had a huge date book. But I had a lot of appointments and notes and junk. "10:30am - Ann Arbor - Mary Jones at Widgets, Inc. to discuss engineering of new Platt case." Stuff like that.
Now? No time stamp. No location. "Edits to JC" "Contact AB about ad" "Make shot appt" Check it off when it's done.
I just have to remember to write it in the book. And sometimes that's the trick. Remembering to write stuff down so I'll remember it.
How do you stay organized?