It’s no secret that I have a packed schedule for 2017. With five novels releasing, two big events, and a slew of smaller appearances, it’s a wonder I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off. My secret for getting things done is perhaps the most low-tech trick out there: an old-fashioned to-do list.
I typically work off of several to-do lists. I have the main one, with the big goals, and several little ones. For instance, here is my current main list:
Review/approve Gallowglass ebooks
Golem cover info to designer
Golem draft complete by 4/30
Gallowglass #2 complete by 5/31
Gallowglass # outline by 4/15
Finish outline for YA
Research: Scandinavian folklore, County Clare local legends, Crail/Perthshire folklore
If that looks like a lot, it’s because it is. The easiest way to tackle such a lost is to break it into smaller parts. Therefore, here’s today’s list:
Finish Scandinavian folklore book
Golem to 80k
Write blog post (yep, this one)
laundry (because real life happens too)
Review swag/stock for upcoming events
Now, that I can handle in a day.
Not only do these lists keep me organized, as I tick off completed tasks I feel accomplished. It’s like I’m giving myself a few little mini-awards while I’m working toward my overall goal, and who doesn’t like rewards? Come to think of it, I think I deserve some chocolate.
Do you have any tips or tricks for tackling your to-do list? Share them in the comments!
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A stolen girl. A legendary champion. A plan that might destroy Parthalan once and for all…
Aeolmar, First Hunter of Parthalan, leads a solitary life. Having long since abandoned his quest to kill Mersgoth—the demon that murdered his family—Aeolmar moves through his days with cold efficiency. Everything changes when he leads a training mission in Brennus, where he’s attacked by Mersgoth himself, and saved by an unlikely heroine.
Latera, first born and heir to Gannera’s throne, is kidnapped and left for dead in Parthalan’s vast forests. A lone human amongst Parthalan’s fae, she makes a home in Brennus, and lives a quiet life—until she finds herself defending a wounded First Hunter from a clutch of demons.
Back in Parthalan, Harek warns Asherah of something called the deva’shi—a warrior loyal only to the demon lord, Asgeloth. Both Aeolmar and Latera suspect that there is more to this deva’shi than what Harek has told them, but before they can learn the truth, Parthalan’s borders are attacked. Will Aeolmar and Latera be able to stop the deva’shi in time, or is it a distraction to hide Harek’s true plans?
RISE OF THE DEVA’SHI – book three of the Chronicles of Parthalan