Breaking Good by Randy Ingermanson


2) Organization: Breaking Good

Everybody has far too many things on their plate. That’s the nature of modern life, and it’s not going to get easier, it’s only going to get worse.

A good task-management system won’t magically make everything on your plate get done. That’s not how it works. But it will make you more productive and it will help you feel better about your life.

An easy trap to fall into is the belief that life is mostly about getting things done. It isn’t. Life is partly about getting things done. But it’s also partly about enjoying yourself while you do it.

We’ve all been told a thousand times to stop and smell the roses. The problem is that you can’t stop and smell the roses when your life is so out of control that you’re afraid to stop.

But once you do get your life under control, it’s critical to schedule some breaks. These need to happen at all levels:

  • Every hour or so, get up and move around. Maybe stretch a little. Maybe do a little light exercise. Maybe drink some water.
  • Every day, schedule time to do things you like to do. Things that are fun. Things that restore your mind.
  • Every week, schedule a day to do things differently. To regroup. To think about how your week went. To take time for you.
  • Every quarter, take a breather and think about how your year is going. In January, you had a lot of great plans for the year. How are those going? Do you need to rethink the plan?
  • Every year, take a vacation. Or a retreat. Or both.

This isn’t complicated, so I’m purposely keeping the word count low here. You’ll get more done and you’ll have more fun if you schedule breaks for yourself at regular intervals.

That’s it. Really.


Take five minutes and think about your life.

  • Can you schedule a break every hour for your everyday tasks?
  • Can you schedule something fun every day?
  • Can you schedule one day a week where you take a significant break from life?
  • Can you set aside one day each quarter to rethink your year?
  • Can you schedule a few days each year for an annual retreat?


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Award-winning novelist Randy Ingermanson, “the Snowflake Guy,” publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 14,000 readers. If you want to learn the craft and marketing of fiction, AND make your writing more valuable to editors, AND have FUN doing it, visit

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