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Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on July 5, 2010

Are there times when you feel brain dead or too tired to think straight? Never fear, you can still accomplish something by doing a mindless task. Here’s a list of boring jobs to do when you want to be productive without much mental effort.

  • Organize your Internet Bookmarks or Favorites
  • Verify that the links are still valid on your Favorites list
  • Verify that the links are still valid on your website
  • Update mailing lists and remove bounces and unsubscribes
  • Transfer files from floppies (if you still have them) onto your hard drive
  • Back up your files to other media
  • Clean out and sort files on computer and in office drawers
  • Erase old messages you don’t need to retain in Email folders
  • File papers in your To Be Filed stack
  • Do research for your next scene
  • Convert your old version word processing files into latest version on your computer
  • Search for and eliminate duplicate photos and files
  • Write blogs like this one

What else would you add?



  1. I guess staring at the cursor and wishing it would move and write the scene for me, isn’t an option?

    Good list though. Reminds me of few things I should probably do.

  2. Sorry, Debora, that doesn’t count. You need to use your brain for that one. 🙂

  3. Research other great blogs to use as a promotional platform when your own books are released. I wrote to several dozen blog authors and asked if they would post my article or interview me…most said yes!

  4. I revamped my blog template. And updated my website. And I’m still organizing my new office.

  5. Good suggestions, all. Update the website and blog template. Check out other people’s blogs and schedule guest visits. More tasks to add to the list!

  6. Updating new links of blogs, adding new “gadgets” and making sure all my Yahoo groups, Twitter, Facebook, website and Blogger buttons are all on each other to guarantee all my fans (?) can find all my social networking and internet presences. Since I’m NOT a techie type, this is both tedious AND arduous.

  7. Thanks, Lise, now you’ve given me MORE things to do! My Tedious Tasks for Writers list keeps getting longer. I’ll add your ideas.

  8. Kathy Crouch said

    How about answering people’s questions as to have you found a job yet after moving across the state. Uhm lets see I’ve spent about a month running my husband to doctor appointments. The job hunt would be when? Hey I have been busy writing too!

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