#52Tech Week 25– Project Management Apps for the iPAD

Entrepreneurial writers (which is all of us nowadays) often need to juggle various tasks and deadlines for projects. Even a regular book launch can benefit from some project management regarding timelines, tasks and milestones.

Beginning next week this blog will be running a 2-week series on productivity. As a lead-in, for this week’s #52Tech post I am featuring some apps which will let you chart out your tasks for larger projects.


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#52Tech Week 22 – 4 Life Habit Logging Apps

In Week 8 of the #52Tech series I listed several habit tracking apps. In April through the A-Z Blogging Challenge on the ‘H” Day I listed some habit tracking apps specifically for writers, and also linked to a growing list of overall Habit tracking apps maintained on Listly.

Today’s post features four more habit tracking type apps, but this time some also have an additional life-logging application, reporting back the correlations between your routines and work.

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Daily Rituals

The daily rituals and working routines of prolific authors and artists – people who really do get a lot done – very rarely include techniques for ‘getting motivated’ or ‘feeling inspired’. Quite the opposite: they tend to emphasise the mechanics of the working process, focusing not on generating the right mood, but on accomplishing certain physical actions, regardless of mood.

Anthony Trollope wrote for three hours each morning before leaving to go to his job as an executive at the post office; if he finished a novel within a three-hour period, he simply moved on to the next. (He wrote forty-seven novels over the course of his life.)

The routines of almost all famous writers, from Charles Darwin to John Grisham, similarly emphasise specific starting times, or number of hours worked, or words written. Such rituals provide a structure to work in, whether or not the feeling of motivation or inspiration happens to be present. They let people work alongside negative or positive emotions, instead of getting distracted by the effort of cultivating only positive ones. ‘Inspiration is for amateurs,’ the artist Chuck Close once memorably observed. ‘The rest of us just show up and get to work.’

Oliver Burkeman, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (amazon link)

6 Steps to Write. Life. Blend.

We’ve all heard the phrase – “Work Life Balance” – in fact, I’m pretty sure my partner’s corporation still contains that phrase as an organisational motto. But maybe the balance part of this term needs changing – to blend.

The same concept is possible with writing, which is, of course, work – and hard brain-numbing work at that. It can be applied to anything we have passion for.

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#atozchallenge Y is for 2Years2aBook [Infographic]

2 Years to a Book. That’s what I realised I could accomplish – on top of my normal writing projects and goals during the year. For others who don’t have the luxury of so many free hours to write, as I do, the program also allows for a book draft completed during that first year.

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