My Secret to Getting Things Done

Originally published October 19, 2016 // Updated September 8, 2020

How do you do it all?

People used to ask me this question a lot back when I was juggling teaching full time with freelance writing, blogging, running See Jane Write, exercising daily, and being a wife, daughter, sister, and friend.

Even now that I’m a full-time writerpreneur, people still want to know how I manage my time.

“What’s your secret?” they ask.

My answer: the Day Designer!

I believe that the keys to productivity are planning, process, and positive thinking — and the Day Designer helps with all three.


Member of the Month: Anne Lindblom Weil

Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Anne Lindblom Weil has done exactly that. When dealing with pregnancy loss, she searched for books and blogs that addressed grief in a thoughtful and faith-based way but couldn’t find what she needed. So she started her blog Mabbat. And recently she released her book A Psalmist’s Guide to Grief.

Anne is the August 2020 See Jane Write Member of the Month not only because she’s using writing to get through grief but because she’s also using her writing to help others get through grief of their own.

Read on to learn more about Anne, her book, and her blog.


August Goals & Plans

Because I was a teacher for 10 years, August always feels like January — a start of a new year, a chance for new beginnings.

Even with all that’s going on in the world and in my life, I am excited about August just as I have been in years before.

I want this August to be a month about leveling up, both professionally and personally, and I’ve set some goals and made some plans to help me do just that.


3 Things I Learned This Month

My theme for July was RESET and I can confidently say I did exactly that. I reset my goals for the year and even my 40 Before 40 list. But that was just the beginning.

This month I hit the reset button on nearly every aspect of my life, including my writing and blogging life, and I learned 3 important lessons along the way.