Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Prioritizing Equal Tasks: What’s a Girl to Do?

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Rise to meet your goals ButtonsHello, in-the-Buffers! Today’s post will be shorter than the usual Wednesday rendering, because today’s Naked Truth is that I’m in over my head with personal deadlines, and also on promises made on turnarounds for critiques and edits of other authors’ work. The personal deadlines will take a back seat to the promises, because as you know, the “P” word is golden with me. Also, I love being of service to other writers, so those promises are obligations of joy.

The above being true, I have an important question for you: How do you prioritize work when the importance of each task is equal? 

While you ponder an answer to that question—and I hope you’ll leave an answer in the comments because I need some tips, Buttercup!—I have a few announcements to make.


  • Wednesday, August 26: Next week I’m blog swapping with author Sherry Ewing. Sherry will be posting here at Writing in the Buff, and I’ll be delivering the Naked Truth on her blog, answering some interview questions. I know you’ll enjoy meeting Sherry here, and I do hope you’ll visit me at her website, too.
  • Thursday, August 27: Next Thursday I’ll be guest posting on the blog of author Gemma Brocato. Gemma has asked that I offer up five “fun facts” about myself. Are there any things in particular you wonder, with regard to yours truly, about which you’d like me to dish? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
  • Wednesday, September 2: Another blog swap, this time with author Kim Loraine. Kim and I have left the format wide open, so if there’s some Naked Truth you believe should be divulged, let me know. Otherwise, please trust that we’ll do our best to entertain you.
  • Saturday, September 12: Please mark your calendar for an author event being held on Saturday, September 12th at the Barnes & Noble in Snellville, Georgia. I was invited to participate in a panel with five other authors, each representing a different genre. We’ll talk about our novels, answer questions, do a book signing, and chat with visitors. More info to follow as we near the event. I hope to see you there!


Now back to the big question? How do you prioritize work when the importance of each task is equal? Please leave a comment! Help me out with a little Naked Truth of your own.

Thanks for visiting Writing in the Buff. See you Friday for Observations From the Tub!

Have a great Wednesday –

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20 Responses to "Prioritizing Equal Tasks: What’s a Girl to Do?"

  1. Comment by Rob
    August 19, 2015 at 9:41 am  

    I let things prioritize themselves by waiting until something comes to a head. That way I know things are done in the true order of importance–I wrote impotence and almost hit send. That would have been wrong, of course. Thanks again for the help with SP and the contact.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm  

      Hahaha…thanks for sharing your “almost sent.” And you’re welcome! If I come across more info that might be of value to you I’ll pass it along.

  2. Comment by Claudia
    August 19, 2015 at 10:13 am  

    Wow, you are super loaded! If I have a couple of equally pressing chores, I often work at both by alternating time and attention between the two-like write a little, dust a little, back to writing for a dash, etc. It probably isn’t best way but I don’t suffer guilt from neglecting something entirely. Then it does add to my feelings of manic/depressive side!!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm  

      Oh, Claudia! That sort of multitasking would do me in. I’d end up taking a nap. lol

  3. Comment by Pat
    August 19, 2015 at 11:14 am  

    I scheduled my days into one hour segments in order to keep myself on a routine post-retirement. So far, my method hasn’t gone completely as planned.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 19, 2015 at 2:05 pm  

      I’d like to hear a story about how it hasn’t gone as planned. Something tells me you have some entertaining tales to tell. 🙂

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    August 19, 2015 at 1:17 pm  

    If it’s for fun, I can shove it to the back burner of a friend asks for a quick critique. I enjoy that. If it’s for money, and I have a few days to deadline, it’s all about me, and I press on, revising again and again. You are so busy, it’s no wonder you write in the buff, no time to get dressed 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm  

      Fortunately for everyone, while I’ve been known to work all day in my PJs (Naked Truth!), I can honestly say I’ve never actually written in the buff. If I ever do, this is the first place I’ll talk about it. 🙂

  5. Comment by Casey Hagen
    August 19, 2015 at 1:57 pm  

    Three lists. The “long term” list, the “this week” list, and the “today” list. Some of my long terms move to this week and then eventually today’s list.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 19, 2015 at 2:11 pm  

      I used to keep lists like that, and I have a Franklin Planner that I loved and used into the ground. I ended up moving so many things to the following day (and then the next, and the next) that I gave up my beloved FP in favor of a white board. I still have trouble getting everything done, though.

  6. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    August 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm  

    I was just talking to my mom about this last night. This is another crazy week in our house and I’m juggling all the usual stuff plus working for my uncle, editing a magazine, and getting all the kiddos ready for school next week. Not to mention, it’s a big weekend for church activities! So my head was spinning and mom just reminded me, “Pray. Ask the Lord to take the stress and trust He will help you get everything done.” So there you have it! 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 20, 2015 at 10:27 pm  

      Great advice, Deb. Sometimes the best thing for us to do is let it go.

  7. Comment by Sioux
    August 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm  

    Who will be ticked off the least? Who will not mind granting me an extension? Those are questions I ask of myself (much more frequently than I would like).

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm  

      Haha…who will be ticked off the least. I like that one. 🙂

  8. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    August 19, 2015 at 6:33 pm  

    Oy. I can’t think because I’m so excited about the B & N news! I hope, hope, hope I’m here that weekend!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm  

      Me too! To the excited, and to the hope, hope, hope you’re here that weekend! Pretty please…

  9. Comment by Tammy
    August 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm  

    If the three things are of equal importance, I usually do the one I like best first. It should be the other way around – I should save it for last. But (naked truth here), I procrastinate terribly sometimes. Sounds like you have a fun month ahead! I hope you’ll tell us how long you’ve wanted to be a writer and what your college major (if applicable) was.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 21, 2015 at 7:23 am  

      We’re birds of a feather, Tammy. I procrastinate like mad. Even with my writing. I figured out a while back that I never really have writer’s block. What I have is a bad case of procrastination.

      As to your questions—thanks for posting them. I’ll put them on the list of five. 🙂

  10. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    August 21, 2015 at 10:27 am  

    Another great and timely post, Lisa. Like Claudia, I used to be able to multi-task to my heart’s content, but increasingly my mind just doesn’t seem to work as well on multi-task mode. And I’m with Tammy, I do tend to procrastinate, but I think it’s because I get feeling so overwhelmed. My To Do lists and nested To Do lists have become post-it notes all over the house. 🙂 I’ve come to the conclusion, though, that I have better success if I simply do what Debra advises: pray. Like you, I’m really big on the P word too — promises and commitments are very important to me… As I’m typing this, my three year old grandbaby interrupts: “Nana, Nana, come help me go poop!” Guess that’s the P word in action 😉 Will check out all your guest posts next week.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm  

      Well! I hope everything came out all right. 😉 And a grandchild is a wonderful priority to have! I keep saying, one of these days I’ll have one, too…

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