Thursday, August 11, 2011

How to Stay Organized

Okay, a reader has submit a question! andipandi10 asks: If only I could stay organized, any tips?

Yes, andipandi10. I have a few tips for you. So, you wanna stay organized? Here's how:

Step 1: Make it a routine to finish one thing before you start another. 
Ex 1. When you are done writing for the day, make sure to return the writing back to its proper place and the SAME place. This is very important. If you put it away in a different place, you may forget where it is, and spend your time, that should be spent writing, by looking for your papers. There is only one exception for this. If the original place is nowhere (just started writing) or if it isn't in a safe place or a place that you won't remember where to find it, you may then move it, and ONLY then.
Ex 2. Say you just finished writing a novel and you're ready to type it up. Another story idea pops into your mind. This is an exception to the rule. You may take a pad and write the idea. Why? Simply because these ideas don't last. You may soon forget, and if you don't write it down right away, the idea will get lost. After writing down the idea you may return to typing. When you wish to finish typing, simply save your document right away in a folder on your desktop where you'll be able to find it easily.

Step 2: Organize your everyday life, not only your writing life
You must organize your entire life, not only the writing bit. This will help you because you'll be experienced with organization from your everyday life, so you'll then be able to organize your writing life as well. Staying organized? How? Plan a specific time of day that you will clean up your writing space. This includes getting rid of things you no longer need, (a.k.a de-cluttering) getting things you do need, (a.k.a buying) and organizing the things that are there to stay. 

Step 3: Keep things neat!
You need to keep things neat, as this is an essential to your everyday life. Messy people get NOWHERE. Especially in writing. You can't lose things. You absolutely CANNOT! It is essential that your belongings stay neat and organized. This will help you FIND things you've lost and help you PREVENT things from getting lost. 
Staying neat? How? Same as above. PLAN a time to neaten things up!

That's all I can think of right now! 

Hope this helps you andipandi10! (and everyone else)


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the tips, Zemm :) I appreciate you answering my question.