A Writing To Do List

If you are like me, you are juggling several writing projects in various stages. I have many chores that I have in a to-do list as well. I use Microsoft’s My Day. I use it because I can access the same list on my laptop, tablet and phone. That’s huge. I put items on my to-do list, and I can set a due date for each task. I can make more than one list. The real beauty of the software is that if a task on my daily tasks list is due today, it puts them into a display called My Day. It pulls any task that is due, say today, into My Day from all the lists. It consolidates the day’s tasks on each list into one list, which is very helpful.

I can set deadlines in the writing list and have that deadline come up. I can’t make it give me warning, so I still need to be mindful of the writing tasks. But it is good for reminding me to write a blog for the week. That’s very helpful. Find a way to keep a to-do list that works for you. My Day works for me, but you may find it too limiting. That’s fine. Find what works for you and use it.

A to-do list is something you can do every morning over your morning coffee or tea. Think about the projects you have on hand, write them down in a list. What you are looking for are all the little things you have to do every day, from sweeping the floor to editing a blog. I use separate lists for my daily chores and my writing projects. Look at the writing projects and the chores. Pick the projects tasks that you feel you can do around your daily chores. It’s simple.

Then you draw up a daily list, drawn from the two lists, daily and writing. Then you have a plan of action. That’s what will help you. You can have a notebook for each list, although that’s not necessary. You can have them on your phone in a single list or separate lists and that’s what you work with. Make a new list of the things you have to do that day.

Whatneed to do here is take the mountain of tasks and prioritizing the parts. Then determine which task needs doing on a particular day. You are more likely to do at least some of the tasks on you need to do for your ultimate goal. You can take those lists of sub tasks and blend them. That’s the daily list. Don’t blend everything together. That will only overwhelm you. What you need to do is have your separate lists and create a third one, smaller than the other two. That will make your blended list only for the current day’s items. If you can do that, you’ll have a daily tasks list of the items from both your main lists that are due that day.

You need to include due dates in your lists for this to work. My method has that capability built in. It also allows for recurring tasks, which is helpful. The software i use takes each day’s tasks from my two lists and blends them into one. That’s why I like the app. It suits my needs. Your needs may be different. It might take several tries to find the right to-do method that works for you, but don’t give up. The rewards are worth it.


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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