1. Kathy Frost
    March 15, 2016 @ 7:52 am

    Thanks for the information. I am a writer as well. I’m working on a cozy mystery and need all the planning ideas (both fictional and real life) that I can get. I’m definitely joining this group.

    • A. Catherine Noon
      March 15, 2016 @ 9:56 am

      You’re very welcome! You might also check out Romance Divas; the forum is very welcoming and inclusive and there’s a wealth of information there. The goal threads are a great place to learn how other people organize, whether they’re right- or left-brained, and get ideas for your own practice. The link is here: http://forums.romancedivas.com/

      I’m glad you joined the planner group; look forward to chatting there.

      Happy writing!

  2. ELF
    March 16, 2016 @ 3:03 am

    Nice suggestions! I am terrible about writing things down and misplacing the lists!

    • A. Catherine Noon
      March 16, 2016 @ 7:17 am

      Hyrum Smith, who developed the original Franklin Planner (which became the Franklin Covey planner when the companies merged; I actually prefer Smith’s methods to Covey’s) and who wrote The Ten Natural Laws of Time and Life Management (I highly recommend this book for anyone thinking about personal life management “stuff”), (holy cow is this a run-on sentence, or what??), said that using a planner can save us time and actually make us money. He illustrated it with a client of his who was a partner at the investment firm William Blair, as I recall; I may have the company mixed up – but the guy was a high-powered investment manager. When Smith went into his office to meet with him, the guy had post-its everywhere – on his desk, the wall, the phone – even the receiver, and when he opened up his drawer to get a pen, there were more in there.

      Smith asked him what it would be worth to him if he could show the guy how to increase his productivity by 10%? The guy scoffed. Smith agreed to work for him without pay, on the stipulation the guy would pay him what he felt the advice was worth when they were through. At their first meeting after Smith showed him how to use the planner, there was not a post-it in sight anywhere; Smith said even the drawer was clean. The only thing on the guy’s desk was the computer, phone, and planner.

      That was one of the strongest selling points for me of using a planner, because I’m a piler and a kinesthetic thinker, which means I write on everything, I read everything, and I’m messy. I’ve used the planner since 1995 and, while I can’t say I have no post-its anywhere, I am much less prone to losing stuff. I tried going to an electronic PDA back when those were popular and carried a Jornada (remember those?) for about 18 months, but went back to my paper system for calendaring and task management. Typing the tasks up just doesn’t work for me, because I don’t have the recall I need, they’re not organized how I think, and I forget stuff because I gave it to the computer to remember, if that makes sense. I use my computer for contact management and CRM stuff, but I keep a planner – and even a desk calendar, though that’s counter to Smith’s advice of only have one master calendar – because that’s what works for me.


      Apparently, I like talking about calendaring. ~grin~

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment; I appreciate it! I love the interaction.

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