For about two months, I've made huge strides in the cleaning and organization of my house by following the guidelines at Fly Lady
. The site provides small household tasks to do each day, which are fairly easy to achieve.
So I've been thinking: Why don't I follow the same practices when it comes to other things that matter to me? Here are some of the things I'm going to try to do at least once a week:
- Check my LJ F-List and comment on the entries that interest me (if you don't comment, people don't know you're reading!)
- Post something to LJ that's not a LJ Idol post or article link (such as this current post).
- Schedule some tweets, including retweets for all the loyal friends who have been retweeting my tweets.
- Post something to my Belated Mommy blog.
- Post something to my writer's blog at AlyceWilson.com.
- Post something to my Goodreads author's blog.
- Review submissions for Wild Violet.
- Apply to at least one writing job and/or send at least one query or submission.
That about covers it as far as the new things. Those, I think, should be fairly easy to work into my existing schedule, which involves at least two articles a week for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, my evening transcription work, household tasks (organizing, cleaning, laundry, food shopping, cooking), exercise and, of course, caring for my sweet little KFP!
I think the key to all of this is going to be threefold: 1) Tackle only one of these new tasks at a time. 2) If a task doesn't have a discrete end (i.e. completing an article or submission), set a timer. 3) Keep daily goals small and achievable.
What about you? What are you trying to achieve that might benefit from making small efforts every day? (Hint, everything!)