The author Jeff Abbott helps fellow writers become organized. Go here to check out his site and blog.
But I wanted to add two quotes he put up, along with his take on these quotes. He writes:
Here are two very worthy quotes to think about as you gear up for a new year (or surviving the holiday tumult) and maybe some changes in how you manage your time, along with my modern translation:
What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.–Aristotle
(Don’t do stupid things with your time. Choose wisely, as the old guy in that third Indiana Jones movie said. If you’re wasting a lot of time, make a NOT DO list to go along with your TO DO list. Be aware of your time wasters and make a conscious decision not to do those things any more.)
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.–Emerson
(Don’t dwell on where you screwed up, move past it, let it go, do better the next day. Forgive yourself your stupidities. Writers–at least the good ones–tend to be their own worst critics. This is not a bad tendency, but don’t let it suffocate you or keep you from doing your work.)