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I’m getting to that age when I don’t remember much. Last week I read an interesting article on a blog—I wish I could remember whose—that said for all the lists we make, it’s better to concentrate on one thing task for each day. That thought stayed with me during the back end of last week and I think I like it.
I always have a list of things that must be done, but I get daunted when I think about the magnitude of what I need to accomplish. Not only did I think about that concept, I tried it out for a couple of days. It worked for me.
There are things I tend to avoid doing because I believe they’ll take a lot of time or energy or they are tasks I don’t like doing. However, if I tell myself that I’m going to take on and finish a particular thing today, then I have even more of a sense of accomplishment if I get some other jobs done (which is a given). It might sound like reverse psychology or the ramblings of a demented person, but this approach has its advantages.
One other thing I read last week, I think it’s from Jeff Bennington’s The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe. I hope that’s where I read it, but I have reservations because of the brain freeze I’ve been experiencing lately. Anyhow, the author said that he devotes an hour a day to promoting his books. Now I know that without promotion, book sales taper off drastically. And maybe, I shouldn’t read this stuff when I’m thinking about how much I have to do and what little time I have to spare.
I know it’s not a lot of time to spend promoting, since I can easily blow 60 minutes away on Facebook just idling, but when I try to wrap my head around promoting books for that period, it sounds like forever. I do know however, that there are writers among us, like Toby Neal for instance, who carve out the time to do what must be done. She even wrote a nifty little book about using social media platforms to launch products. Anyway, I think that if I go with some sort of planned programme, I’d get a lot more done promo-wise.
Sometimes I think I’m penny wise and pound foolish in the area of tweets and such. I know I should write these up in advance and automate them, but I’m too lazy to do that, so I’ll do a random tweet when I remember. That definitely won’t cut it, so thank God for platforms like Triberr, which give me tons of exposure for every post I write. If you’re not on Triberr and you’re serious about promoting your work, you should try and get in a Tribe. The benefits outweigh the negatives in my mind.
Now, I’m off to see if I can recharge my batteries and do something about my memory bank. What are you gonna do to get those jobs done today?