Creating Your To-Do List

I’m typing away and feeling good because I have hand cramps. Why am I feeling good? I’m happy because I know I’m getting exercise on the keyboard and with my art as I get ready for my first spring show. Something else that was good for this week – my husband dragging me out of my hobbit hole of creativity to go socialize with other people.

Due to a busy schedule, we decided to go out for a quick bite and thought – why not join a group of other people who posted on Facebook at a local restaurant. Okay, he had to do a little convincing because I don’t like being interrupted or taken out of my creative bubble once I’m on a roll but it was a good experience. I met other artists and saw some friends that I haven’t met with in a few months.

A short dinner out turned into hours chatting and meeting new people from different states and with friends. I always drag my feet to social events because I view it like self-marketing. I stand there awkwardly, try to initiate conversation, and I do my best to smile so that I don’t scare away the other humans. Let’s just say that most of the time, social events with lots of people do the opposite of sending positive energy my way. I’m more one-on-one with people I already know.

Not to mention that I don’t have a lot of time to do social gatherings. Constantly having to create new art pieces and write new novels doesn’t leave a lot of room. I think I’m up to about 3-4 different jobs that require my attention. If you were in my studio, you would hear me tell myself to “focus” when I start to veer off track from my to-do list. My reward is checking off or listing what I’ve done for the day. It’s like a shot of serotonin.

What do you have on your to-do list this week? I’m asking about everything, not just you’re writing. Whatever it is – your prompt is to write it down in order of importance, and put that check mark behind it when you’re done. Creating effective ways for your accomplish at least one thing a day will help you develop the writing and lifestyle habits you need to finish something.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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