A Sense of Organization: It’s all about the system.
by Angela Breidenbach
People tell me I’m organized. Sometimes I want to laugh when they see my desk. But did you know there are different types of organization? It’s not really a general all encompassing kind of thing. Does that surprise you?
I have a normal American home. A bit cluttered, family pictures all over the walls and piano, and there’s usually dishes to do in the sink. Sounds like anybody’s home, right?
So what’s organized about me? What’s different?
It’s in how I organize my thoughts. I’m a linear thinker. But I’m not naturally that way, just ask my hubby. He’d burst out in laughter. When I write, I’ve learned to follow a trail. That trail starts on my laptop because I keep everything in a file folder there unless it’s crucial to be a hard copy. Then it goes in a file folder in my filing cart.
What does linear thinking look like?
I started a file on my computer titled Book: Gems of Wisdom. Inside this file I have another research file folder, any research books I downloaded, photos I need to understand what I’m writing, a marketing folder, design folder, interview folder, contract folder, and so on.
Each time I work on anything for that book, I file it immediately. I learned that the hard way from losing things and not being able to remember the download file name.
I also started a google calendar. This has been a saving grace for me! I schedule in it any blog tour posts, guest posts, appearances, workshops I’m teaching, interviews, etc. I set it up to auto-remind to my blackberry. So each day I get a reminder of the day’s events and know what’s on my schedule.
Realize I set up this type of system because I’m not naturally organized. I created organization in order to effectively run my speaking and writing business. I think it’s crucial to manage our daily lives in ways that work to keep us focused on our goals. It’s too easy to forget or get caught up in something that steals our interest.
I also pay attention to my marketing by doing a monthly marketing report for my publisher, SuzyQ4U (my event specialist), my publicist Don Otis, my agent, Karen at Christian Speaker Services, and myself. By simply opening an email and adding what I’ve done that day to a draft email, I can keep up a running list. Then I email it after the month closes. Everyone is aware and on top of what I’m personally doing. I’ve added each one of these people to my google calendar so they know what my schedule looks like as well.
For me, setting up a system to succeed is what helps me stay on track. Then working that system becomes a habit. I can tell you that having the reminders, the list, and a simple system has saved my bacon almost daily. There’s no way to remember everything you have to do for a book, marketing, interviews, and daily life without putting a system in place. Work the system and you will reach your goals.
About the book: In Gems of Wisdom: For A Treasure-Filled Life you’ll embark on a treasure hunt for God’s unique gems of wisdom. Be empowered, learn to influence through your own life lessons, and preserve important relationships. Gems of Wisdom invites the reader on a treasure hunt to find important life concepts represented by the beautiful stones God created. Excellent for Bible study and book clubs as well as individual study.
Angela Breidenbachis Mrs. Montana International 2009, a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and the author of the Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life from Journey Press, the Creative Cooking Series including the new release of Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance and the new Kindle release, Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. She connects missions to her work with Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries and the Jadyn Fred Foundation. Angela also teaches online classes and coaches one-on-one in courageous confidence, personal growth, and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and life coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Missoula, MT. She volunteered as the American Christian Fiction Writer’s publicity officer for two years. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom’s brain for the study of schizophrenia, but she’s also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. Angela is married with a combined family of six grown children and two grand children. Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life releases May 2011 from Journey Press, a Sheaf House imprint.
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Christy here, Angie, thanks so much for being my guest today. As you all can see from reading Angie’s bio, she is a busy lady and I can assure you her book Gems of Wisdom is a great guide for those of us struggling to manage it all. Leave a comment for a chance to win your very own copy! The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 5th!