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, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. 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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