The Art of a Spreadsheet


Instead of writing a blog post this morning, I was reading one.  I couldn’t help myself. The title caught my eye: “How to Write a Book When You’re Really, Really Busy.”  I bet if you were me–the really, really busy me who is trying to write a book and book proposal–you would have dropped everything to read this article, too.

I don’t know if Ashley Ream’s methods would work for me, and I appreciate the grace with which she acknowledges that all writers have a different process. I can tell you, though, that when I scrolled down and saw her spreadsheet , I felt a pang of envy. I lingered there for several minutes, taking it in like I would a painting in a museum.

I felt a kind of yearning for better visual-spatial skills which might enable me to create such a beautifully drawn schedule.  Wistfully, I slid my mouse over the x-in-the-box and clicked.

As I closed my browser and opened my notebook, my mind’s eye still saw green.



Comments (3)

Well, it does all sort of come down to the idea of making an appointment with yourself to write. After all, you wouldn’t dis an appointment with someone else. You owe yourself the same consideration.

And to be 100% honest about my “area of challenge,” you, Corey-Jan have helped me hold myself accountable to the commitments that I make to myself. I wouldn’t even be pining over this spreadsheet if I hadn’t learned some important lessons about time management from you!

Well, here is a tried & true method, from Robert (not Bob): He calls it “The Power of Making Lists.” I, too, find lists helpful in organizing me day-to-day and week-to-week. Even though I have several, marvelous e-calendars and to-do lists, I find that scribbling on a piece of paper and later crossing off completed items to be totally empowering.
Thanks, Robert, for this great post!

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