How’s it going? Memorial Day’s over now, which is all right. I did watch Where Eagles Dare, a 1969 or ’68 World War II movie with Clint Eastwood about rescuing some U.S. soldiers during the war. I thought it was pretty neat because I’m used to seeing Clint Eastwood as a cowboy or a statistician.
Anyway, let’s get to it.
I hate to cheap out a tad by using yesterday’s theme, but Memorial Day led into this. It’s generally a day where businesses are closed and a lot of people get the day off (although I did send in one request to do some voice work).
I realized that I would be taking Friday off this week, so my “work week” will only be three days, if we pop Memorial Day out of it.
Which makes it a short week. I was going to quote Zig Ziglar again on that, but I realized I wrote about short weeks before and did that already over this way.
I’d like to go a different way with this today.
As a writer, you plan almost everything, don’t you? Where your characters live, where they work, their favorite food. And for you copywriters, you’re planning out things like your hook, how many emails in a series, how many upsells after a VSL, and what-have-ya.
For me, planning out my work has to be exactly the same way. I like routine, and a lot of my time is devoted to responsibilities (work for clients and so on).
So “spontaneous” things almost never get done, unless they’re being done as part of some other time off (which doesn’t happen a lot at all).
That’s why you have to have a process that you go through–checklists, to-do lists, a monthly planner, what-have-ya. So that no matter how long or short the week is, things get planned, stories get written and sent off, and more.
I have a calendar and notebooks where I write down confirmed dates for client or prospect phone calls, completed projects, due dates, and all the other things I need to keep it all straightened out–instead of tangled in my head, or stuck inside some 20 email chain in a message somewhere.
And I definitely need to improve, to be sure.
How about you? Do you like to use electronic methods for planning, or pencils/pens and notebooks? Drop me a line in the comments.
Until next time,