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John DeDakis

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· Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

· Troubled Water

· Bluff (Paperback Edition)

· Bluff (Hardcover Edition)

· Bluff (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Paperback Edition)

· Fast Track (Hardcover)


Short Stories
· Metro Tableau

· My First Kiss

· Raquette Lake

· Soul 159 (The Long Version)

· Soul 159

· The Wren


Articles
· Wow

· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom

· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel?

· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman

· I'm Afraid to Write!

· Advice on Writing a Novel

· Ode to a Mentor (or Letter from the Grave)

· Hope Can Spring From Tragedy

· Whittling it Down

· Dealing with Criticism: Some Suggestions


Poetry
· Metro Girl

· Garbage Day

· Cemetery at Sunset

· Of Frosted Flakes and Southern Comfort

· Half Our Lives Ago

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News
· Coming to Ireland

· Coming to Vermont

· From Novice to Novelist

· From Novice to Novelist

· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin

· Wow

· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom


Events
· From Novice to Novelist

· Coming to Vermont

· Writing Retreat in Ireland

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Blogs by John DeDakis

Getting Stuff Done
1/9/2007 3:16:13 AM
PROGRESS

New Year's Resolutions. We all make them. We all break them.


So far, mine's still in place and working. It's maintaining a master to-do list and a daily one in my computer.


I can regularly keep track of the big stuff on the master list. It's divided into four categories: writing, marketing, household, social/personal.


The daily list consists of stuff I pluck from the master list. It's short and realistic. I add more to it than I know I can do (which stretches me), yet I get stuff done.


Having it all on the computer makes it easier to add things neatly. And I can line through items I've accomplished, so that there's a visible sense of accomplishment.


The key to success, however, is flexibility. It's a given that something unexpected will come along during the day that will lure me (or lurch me) away from what I want or need to get done. Knowing (and accepting) that up front, is the safety valve against frustration and failure.


So far, I've been amazed at the sense of purposefulness that has resulted. Purposefulness coupled with a new awareness of mental orderliness and topped off with tangible evidence of progress. It feels great, plus I'm getting things done.


But there's one downside.


The year is still young... and much can go wrong.


Watch this space.



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More Blogs by John DeDakis
• Ode to a Mentor....Or Letter from the Grave - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• You Should Write a Book - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Ever Feel Inadequate? - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
• Change is Good - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
• Overcoming the Fear of Rejection - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Beating Writer's Block - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
• What a Manuscript Editor Does (and Doesn't) Do - Monday, September 07, 2009
• Confessions of a Cross-gender Writer - Saturday, July 04, 2009
• 5 Ways to Stay Organized While Writing a Novel - Tuesday, May 19, 2009
• Writing for the Ear; Writing for the Eye - Sunday, May 17, 2009
• Plan a Little; Write a Little - Friday, May 01, 2009
• Building a Novel - Friday, April 10, 2009
• Writing a Screenplay - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
• VICTORY! - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
• A Creative Setback...and Opportunity - Wednesday, May 14, 2008
• Heading to the Inca Trail - Saturday, September 15, 2007
• Solving the Time Problem - Thursday, April 05, 2007
• Simmer Mode - Saturday, March 31, 2007
• The Art of Flitting - Friday, February 02, 2007
• Brooding - Monday, January 29, 2007
• Scene Building - Sunday, January 14, 2007
•  Getting Stuff Done - Tuesday, January 09, 2007  
• Connecting - Sunday, December 03, 2006
• Making Revisions - Friday, December 01, 2006
• In Search of Balance - Sunday, November 12, 2006
• The (sort of) Daily Muse - Thursday, November 09, 2006


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