Do You Have A Theme Word for 2015? I Do.

In 2013, I noticed a post written by Christine. Located on her blog, it was titled Refine: My Theme Word for 2013.  This single post had an impact on me, and I decided to create a theme word of my own. Recently Christine wrote Continuing the Tradition: My Word for 2015.  Go on over and read it.

So, in 2013, I decided to have a theme word of my own. Prepare. And last year I used Be Creative. A phrase rather than a word, but it worked for me. I am now sitting here thinking about what this years word or phrase will be.

Simplify

  •  I need to eliminate what is not working for me, what might be standing in the way of what I desire to accomplish.
  • I want to organize my surroundings for better concentration, and have all of my writing needs and information at least somewhat organized.
  • Fewer steps to a finished project, the quicker it will be done, the less time that needs to be spent on it.
  • Less time per project means more projects completed.
  • Getting my priorities straight, as far as writing goes, is a must. Deciding on a few important things to accomplish in a given period of time will help.
  • Less chaos = more focus.

I began this process last year:

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

I went through all my files, getting rid of many things that are now unnecessary. I had four of these drawers and cut back to one. What is left in this file box are a folder with things that are for my daughters, family history information, and past tax stuff, for the most part. It is stored away in the closet and dug out only when needed.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

These two file boxes hold most other files. One is for fiction. One for nonfiction. Convenient, and stored where I can easily access them.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

All my office supplies such as pens, paper clips, tape, scissors, and yes, markers and crayons (They come in handy!) fit nicely in this basket. They are easily accessible when I need something.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Correspondence needs are all in one place now, put within easy reach.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.This notebook holds all my notes on publishing, marketing, and such.

writingpromptsfictionAnd this one holds all the fiction writing prompts I come across that I may want to use someday, as well as any ideas I come up with on my own.

tabletMy lovely new tablet is proving to be helpful as well. I can take it with me, as it hardly weighs a thing, and am able to quickly access accounts to some of my networking/social media profiles to easily update them. When I only have ten or fifteen minutes of available time, I use it to do something productive, saving me time in the long run.

I am so pleased with my progress so far, having always been hopelessly unorganized.

And I am working on a few other things to aid in streamlining my home and time.

binderThis binder is not quite finished, but is an index of all the articles I have written, where they are located, and how much I was paid for each.

Other binders I am working on:

  1. homesteading information
  2. recipes
  3. craft projects

Setting up these binders will aid me in clearing out the last drawer of papers. That will be a huge relief.

An old day planner is being turned into an address book/notes/financial binder that will hold postage, address labels, a calculator and such. It will take up residence in the correspondence basket.

And this notebook is my new planner.

organizer2015I am still filling it out, by the month, with my plans for those periods of time. Only what is needed to be done. But I am pleased.

If I can simplify steps, methods, and systems, I should be able to accomplish more of the things I want to do.

What is your theme word for 2015?

Share with us in the comments.

Happy New Year!

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.

5 thoughts on “Do You Have A Theme Word for 2015? I Do.”

  1. Thank you! It is not easy organizing this little space, but I can get more of my stuff once the holiday stuff is put away. I put risers on the bed, and it is all going under there to free up more closet space. Let me know if I can help.

  2. My 2015 theme is Handywoman 🙂 This place needs a lot of work and I plan on doing a lot of it this year.

    Those are some good organization ideas as well. You are so creative 🙂