So far, we've been talking about organizing tips specific to aspects of writing, from tracking submissions to networking. But writers are people too. They have the same challenges in their day-to-day lives as we all do. So here are some general organizing tips for writers.
• Sort and purge your office supplies and files before purchasing anything new. You may be able to save money once you pare down and see what you already own.
• Repurpose your belongings rather than purchasing new organizing products. A coffee mug works well as a pencil cup. An empty check box can hold small pads of sticky notes. An egg carton can hold paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands and other small items.
• Think vertical when planning your work space. Utilize the walls as well as the floor.
• Use a pencil when entering appointments in your planner. Anything can change, and it's easier to erase an entry than try and scratch out pen and write over it.
• Set up a tickler file (days 1-31 and months 1-12) to remind you about upcoming tasks and events.