Shannon Stacey
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#listifylife – Favorite Places to Waste Time on the Internet

My favorite internet spots, listed below in text

My Listify Life list for my favorite places to waste time on the internet probably has the usual suspects. 💻📱

Twitter (hashtag can’t quit you)

Facebook (only the fun stuff)

Instagram (heart emoji PICS heart emoji)

And Etsy, where I spend entirely too much time looking at stickers I don’t need.

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The countdown to the Boys of Fall returning begins!

Photo of box of Homecoming ARCs

Homecoming is in my hand! And on August 30th, it can be in your hand, too! :)

I posted the first chapter, so you can read that and find preorder links here!

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#listifylife – Things I Splurge On

List of my indulgences, written below in text

This week’s Listify Life theme is things I splurge on.

Everything Apple

Pens

Notebooks

Yummy-smelling bath stuff

My ATV helmet (I have a super light one to ease strain on my neck)

I think pens and notebooks will be on a LOT of lists! What are your favorite indulgences?

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Bullet Journal: Word Count Tracking Page

I was asked about how I track my word count in my bullet journal, and it’s easier to answer here. (If you click on a photo, you can see a larger version…theoretically.)

Pic of word count tracking page

I did up June’s page to be the example. Down the left are the days of the week and the date. Across the top are Title, Start, Days (until deadline), Goal, End, Total, and a little box to draw a star or a happy face if I meet the goal.

I wrote in an example, and even remembered to switch to pencil so I can erase it, LOL. Yay me! Let’s say I’m writing an 80,000 word book. I’m starting June with 8735 already written. I have 26 business (writing) days until my deadline, so I need to write 2741 words today to stay on track. (Ideally, more so that goal number is lower the next day.) Then I put in the end word count. When I stuck random numbers in, I accidentally blew it. My start word count was 8735 and my end count was 11,346, so I have 2611 for the day. (No happy face for me.) So the next day my goal would be slightly higher.

This year, I’m not working weekends, so I highlight the Saturdays and Sundays to block them out, as well as the goal blocks. I leave the weekends on the page, however, because sometimes I still write on the weekends. But I don’t have to. You can see that Thursday the 30th is also pink. That’s the day before we leave for our long vacation at camp, which means a lot of running around and shopping and packing. Though I’ll probably still write some words, when I was calculating my deadline I recognized that there’s a good chance I won’t and I factored that in ahead of time rather than set myself up for falling a day behind.

Photo of weekly layout

In my weekly layout, I also highlight a block between my top 3 tasks for the day and my hourly breakdown. I write my goal for the day there so it’s in my face, so to speak. But the rest of the word count tracking is on the June Words page.

There’s some redundancy in listing the title each day. And obviously the end word count for one day is the starting word count for the following day. But it’s part of my process to write it all out in the morning, just to help me focus on what needs doing.

There are as many ways to track word count in a bullet journal as there are writing bullet journalists, but this way works for me and lets me see at a glance how the month went. Over time you can take that data and see not how you plan to write over a year, but how you actually write over a year.

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