The last week of the year and so much to do. Those of you interested in getting your writing careers off the ground need to take this last week of the year and get organized. Here are a few tips:
Go through your notes, mail or anything else that is cluttering your desk. Organize the papers or items into four piles
1. trash (pitch immediately )
2. idea file ( put in a folder to file )
3. needs action today ( Take whatever action needs to be done. If it is a bill, pay it. If it is something that needs a query, write it. If it needs correspondence, write it and email it now. Whatever action needs to be taken, do it and then move on.)
4. Other ( this may include putting away things that don't belong on your desk to begin with. It may include filing magazines away,stacking project notes, or taking the coffee cups back to the kitchen sink. Get rid of anything that will distract you from your writing. )
The point is to de-clutter the desk for a fresh start. Take the first day of this last week of December to de-clutter, file, and organize your desk for 2010. You will be glad you did.