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Meet Traci Sanders…

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A little more than two years ago, after a seemingly-neverending self-promotion blitz, I was so tired of pushing myself and my writing into the world that I decided to take a week to, instead, only promote others who had shown kindness and encouragement to me during the blitz. Traci Sanders was the very first person I featured during what I called Pay It Forward Week. Well, Pay It Forward Week was a lot of fun and was actually adopted by an international book club with, at the time, approximately 500 members, as one of their touchstone initiatives, and has resulted in countless days during which writers and authors put aside their own self-promotion in favor of paying it forward. I'm proud of that. But, honestly, the best thing to develop from that week has been my friendship with Traci Sanders. It didn't begin there, but it certainly grew from there.

In that time, Traci has committed to writing (and writing-related endeavors) full-time, and she has become an unstoppable force. As the founder of Readers Review Room, Traci has provided a valuable resource for writers, readers, and reviewers, and it all goes back to how supportive Traci is...which is why I featured her during Pay It Forward Week in the first place!

Today, I'm thrilled to welcome her to the blog. She's recently released three new books entitled BEFORE YOU PUBLISH, BEYOND THE BOOK, and LIVING THE WRITE LIFE. (You can read my review of LIVING THE WRITE LIFE by clicking HERE.) 

And now, I'm thrilled to turn it over to my friend, Traci Sanders!

 

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Traci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of ten published titles, with contributions to three anthologies. 

An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children's, romance, and nonfiction guides.

Her ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.

TIP 334: 10 ways writing a list can keep you from feeling “listless” 

The following tip can be found in Living The Write Lifenow available in digital and paperback format.
 
Time moves quickly these days, and many people lead “busy” lives. I prefer to call mine productive, instead. Busy people tend to do things that simply occupy their lives, whereas productive people often accomplish things that improve their lives.
 
Some people don’t know how to take initiative, or don’t have the personality to do so. That’s why motivational speakers, how-to authors, and life coaches become so successful. People want to be productive and reach their goals, but they don’t always know how to get started.
 
Want some free advice? Start with a list.
 
Here are ten ways writing a list can keep you from feeling “listless.”
 
  1. Lists provide a tangible visual aid. It’s easy to forget or procrastinate on tasks that are mentally formed. But skipping out on, or putting off, something that is written on a physical to-do-list involves more conscious effort, and often—guilt!
  2. Lists help organize and prioritize thoughts and desires. As the list materializes, the items are often categorized and rearranged by order of importance, many times subconsciously.
  3.  Lists are visual aids that can be shared to allow others to hold us accountable.
  4. Lists provide instant gratification when items are completed and marked off.
  5. Lists help people find things quickly. Shopping lists can easily be broken down into categories to make items easier to locate in a large space.
  6. Lists can be delegated to other people when one is not able to accomplish everything alone.
  7. Lists can be added to or taken away from, as needs and priorities change.
  8. Lists allow large goals to be broken down into smaller, more-manageable tasks.
  9. Lists that show several tasks completed (marked off) can provide a huge motivation for future goals to be attempted and reached.
  10. Lists are completely customizable, since they derive from personal goals and preferences.
 I use lists for practically everything I must get done—from grocery shopping, to cleaning my house, and even when doing taxes.
 
The next time you have a huge chore to accomplish, or simply one that seems major to YOU, try breaking it down into smaller, listed items. You might be amazed at how accomplished you feel—which, in turn, motivates you to do more.
 
You can find tips like these in my new weekly video-blog segment on YouTube by clicking this link. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you won’t miss one!
 

9 Comments on Meet Traci Sanders…

    • I’ve done that too, Lizzie. That’s one reason I love my Post-its feature on my laptop. I don’t lose my lists anymore, and they are right there in front of me when I need them. When marking things off my list, I simply erase them. Then once that list is completed, I delete the whole thing. No paper waste. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  1. Great tip from Traci. I live by my lists. Recently, I have switched to notecards. One item on each card. I remove the card from my stack when it’s completed. Keeps things neater. I didn’t like it when I had a long list how marked up and messy wit got when I crossed things off the list. But Traci is right- lists keep me productive

  2. Oh my goodness I need to hear this everyday! Thank you for sharing this. I had forgotten how great it feels to mark something off a list. I’m heading off to get my pen and paper right now. Thank you!

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