It was bad.
Organization doesn't work for everything. Constant organization is exhausting.
But I find it really useful for writing.
Having that deadline to work toward pushed me to write smarter than I usually would. No writing with the TV on. Switching over to instrumental music when I was having trouble getting into the zone. Knowing when a glass of wine would help me creatively solve a problem, and knowing when I needed to buckle down with a mug of tea to get anything done.
The looming deadline also helps me make more efficient decisions. The book due today originally had one more complication before the ending. I had a feeling it was a little too much, that it might wreck the pacing of the ending. Without a deadline, I probably would have written it anyway, and wasted a week on something that I would end up cutting. With a deadline sitting there, demanding to be met, I just skipped it. Now I can spend today polishing the last few chapters, submitting the book and working on other projects. (Like grocery shopping, because I have nothing but cheese and cheerios in my apartment.)
This chart also helps me work with goal setting. I write an average of 1000 words a day. But I don't write everyday, and I don't want to do what I did last year- set insane goals, fail to meet them, and hate myself.
600 words a day is something I can do before bed or over lunch or on the bus. If I miss a day due to illness or being busy, or just straight up not feeling it, I know I can skip a day and hit 1200 later if I push myself to catch back up to my goal. I've also built in a week of polishing time, which for a couple of these books is just enough, and for others is probably excessive.
According to this chart, I can comfortably write seven books this year, with days off and time set aside for other duties. And if I miss any of these deadlines by a few days, maybe a week, I'm still in a pretty comfortable position to catch back up, or even let the last deadline of the year go. Six books in a year is totally respectable.
Since I'm starting two series this year, the chart also helps me figure out when I need to be working on books in order to get them to come out in a consistent fashion. I wasn't originally going to start writing Submission on Film until August, which would have been way to far after the first books release. After making this chart, I figured that out, rearranged a few deadlines, and am now looking a much more consistent release schedule.
Onto the writing!