Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Just what did I accomplish?
I devoted a day to correspondence. I was not certain what I actually accomplished - a number of tasks fell under the "Correspond" category. Some would seem as though they had nothing to do with correspondence, yet their completion made it easier for me to correspond!
* I cleaned out a cabinet. I dumped outdated catalogs in the trash, dusted the cabinet, and restocked it with mailing labels, envelopes and copy paper. This simple act of de-cluttering freed some parts of my brain!
* I calendared some items and tossed the notes and reminders littering my desk. I have found that keeping an accurate calendar prevents missed deadlines and also frees up space in my brain.
* I deleted old and uninteresting email messages.
* I wrote and published a blog entry about my Christmas gifts.
* I put a new ink cartridge in my printer and plugged it in to my recently refurbished, not quite as good as new, laptop. It worked!
* I printed and filed several online receipts that have been in limbo while awaiting a functioning computer.
* I did the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper to sharpen my word skills.
* I spent time on Facebook.
* I sent text messages to my daughter.
* I composed a scholarship renewal letter for my missionary son.
* I researched scholarship and application deadlines - also for the missionary son.
* I emailed my missionary son.
* I queried three literary agents about my manuscript "A Time to Heal" and I made a spreadsheet to track the queries. I netted three rejections!
* I recorded the correspondence tasks in a notebook and later shared them here!
Fourteen tasks. I suppose the day was fruitful after all.
What I learned?
Those days when you wonder, "Have I done any good?" Make a record of your tasks. You might surprise yourself.