Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

The Gist of my To-Do List


Successful folk are the ones that manage to turn To-Do Lists into “Ta-Da!” Lists.
~ Michael Rawls

Post-it2I’m a list maker. I need to write things down otherwise, I’m likely to forget. Writing a “To-Do List” is one of my favorite lists to write. I feel a sense of accomplishment checking off each task I’ve taken care of that day or week. Sometimes I’ll even add something that I’ve done just so I can check it off. It makes me feel good.

As writers, I’m sure all of you are aware that often our “To-Do Lists” can be jam-packed with tasks. For me, the tasks might include: write, edit, respond to e-mails, respond to blog comments, submit story, enter contest…. the list is endless.

I do two things for a more manageable “To-Do List.” First, I like to break down my tasks into smaller more specific tasks. Instead of listing “Write”, I can say, “Write a blog post,” or “Write for forty-five minutes.” Rather than saying, “Edit,” I’ll say, “Edit Chapter Four,” or “Edit two scenes.” If I were going to paint the entire house, which is currently not on my “To-Do List”, rather than saying, “Paint House,” I would say, “Paint Bathroom,” or “Paint Guestroom.” By doing this, I have several doable projects rather than one monumental task.

Secondly, I try to be realistic when making my lists. I keep it short. If I’m only considering a project, but haven’t committed, it stays off the list. It becomes overwhelming if I use the list to dump every task that enters my mind. I’ve discovered having a short list doesn’t mean I’m not motivated, it simply means I’m wise enough to know my limitations.

What is the gist of your “To-Do List?”


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

3 thoughts on “The Gist of my To-Do List

  1. I used to make to do lists, but then I realized that I never follow them, and I was pretty much just making them to make myself feel productive. My sister likes to make lists and schedules, so I know that for some people they really do work and help. But that is a good idea listing something that you’ve already done. 😉


  2. The only to-do lists I keep are grocery; I’d really be lost otherwise! Oh, and for Target, but that’s like groceries. 🙂

    I do keep track during the writing however; I’m meticulous about word counts, especially when editing. I love seeing how a manuscript shrinks, makes me feel I am really getting something accomplished, ha ha!


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