Cheers for Laura and Fae and Jenn and Orly. WITS Rules!
Want to be more productive every day?
Want to take charge of your minutes and hours?
Want to act and feel like a winner and super star?
This blog is a new take on To Do lists.
I saw you cringe.
Don’t miss how to be a winner!
I included some amazing examples from Immersion-grads at the end of this blog. Plus, you could win a lecture packet or an online course.
Do not think my Winner and Super Star lists are your average To Do lists.
That’s like thinking Zac Efron is just an average looking guy.
And we know that’s a lie.
What you’ll read below is easy to do, and it could be life-changing.
Yep. It’s that smart.
Divide your day into sections. I’ll call them chunks. Think chunks of chocolate.
Are you smiling?
You may plan one or two chunks of time in the morning, and/or afternoon, and/or evening. An hour or two each.
You may have chunks as small as 15 minutes. See my WITS blog: Power Punch Your 15 Minutes!
You may have chunks as long as 3 hours. That’s the maximum I recommend chunking.
Want to write or edit or do writing-related things for longer than three hours?
Do one three-hour chunk, and take a break. Move your body. Exercise. At least walk around for 15 minutes, or play chase-me with your dog.
Then plan your next chunk.
Create two lists for each chunk of time: Winner Lists and Super Star Lists.
Your Winner list is for things you know you can complete in that chunk. Your Super Star list is used only if you complete your Winner list.
Items on your Winner List are absolutely DOABLE in that time frame. For a two-hour chunk, your list could be as simple as this:
That’s all you will do in those two hours.
You won’t read emails.
You won’t go on Facebook.
You won’t answer your cell phone. You already turned the ringer off and put your phone in another room.
You all know your other steal-your-time traps.
You control these minutes. You control your behavior.
Just write that scene.
You may have three items on your Winner list instead.
You know you can complete those three items, unless you get research-crazy and click around in the 19th century too long.
SUPER STAR LIST:
If you have some time left after you’ve completed items on your Winner List, you can do the first item on your Super Star List. They’re writing and writing-related items too.
You must complete your Winner List first.
No list hopping!
If you don’t get to any items on your Super Star List, some of those items may move to your next Winner List.
Super Star items don’t always move to the Winner List right away. It depends on your needs, deadlines, and priorities.
It’s important to keep assessing. Do what needs to come next, not what you’d rather do.
What if you didn’t complete everything on your Winner List?
Did you misjudge time? Okay. Put it on your next Winner List.
Did you fall into your time-stealers?
Did you waste 30 minutes supposedly fixing a cup of tea, but you really did five other things too?
Some people make awesome award-winning lists, then they don’t do them.
They do what they’d rather do instead of what they need to do to succeed.
Picture this cliché. Shooting yourself in the foot. Or knee.
Yep. You’re hurting yourself.
You’re postponing success. And you’re setting yourself up for failure. And depression.
Creating these two lists every day, WINNER and SUPER STAR, will boost your productivity, boost your mood, boost your success!
Take this challenge: Set Yourself Up to Win!
It takes 21 days to create a habit.
Who will use Winner and Super Star lists from tomorrow through February 5th?
Are you in?
Here are some stellar examples from Immersion-Grads.
DIRTY MAGIC, Jaye Wells, USA Today Bestseller
Super Sekrit Title for November Release, Steena Holmes, NYT Bestseller!
She wanted to do all the things she never could when fresh snow fell.
DAYS MADE OF GLASS, Laura Drake’s January 11th release!
She glanced up, her deep brown eyes reminding Harlie of those dime-store paintings of soulful-eyed puppies digging in garbage cans.
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