Well, not exactly. I do not make resolutions because they wouldn't survive a day. Instead, I'm setting goals for 2011. I won't go into all the writing, marketing, promotion, and stuff that changes so quickly. Instead, one of my major goals this year is to get organized. If you could see my writing room (or sanctuary as I sometimes call it) you would understand why I need organization. I'm too embarrassed to even take a picture.
Once upon a time, when I was teaching, I was pretty good at keeping up with books, lesson plans, and even my students, unless they were on the playground which is a whole nother story. Now, when it's just me to keep track of and not a class of fifth graders, I can find nothing and waste a lot of time looking for files both on the computer and in my file cabinets. So, here are my plans to become Ms. Fantastically Organized Writer Who Knows Where Everything is and Can Find It On the First Search.
1. Make new folders for each WIP. I'm working on two stories now with two more waiting their turn.
2. Keep a record on my computer of places I've sent my MG ghost story with dates, agent/publisher, and responses.
3. Clean out file cabinets (I have two), throw away old, half written stories and articles to give me more space. My cabinets like my bookshelves overfloweth.
4. Clean the desktop and discover which stack of paper the mouse is hiding under.
5. Delete old files on my computer and put each story in its own folder. Have a separate folder for reviews, author interviews, tours, crit groups, etc.
6. Straighten bookshelves so I can find a book when I want it.
7. I'm sure other ideas will occur to me as I'm organizing my life.
8. Oh, one more to add. Take down the Christmas tree, bows, and greenery. Yes, they're still up.
I wonder how long it will take to accomplish all of the above. Guess I'd better get started. A Happy 2011 to You All.
Also, tiips on how you are organized will be greatly appreciated.