I have been stressed because I have requested or been sent way too many books. I have left them right to the publication date, and have review after review scheduled and reading the books the night before. Then I get sent books that I didn't request, and I feel bad that I will not get to them, or that I haven't read the first in the series, or just plain not interested. I try to at least post them here, but having a hard time keeping up with that too. Hate to complain about free books, but I feel responsible and that I made a commitment. I don't want to get burned out though, so some of it may start to get pushed back or say no more often.I was okay with not reading books sent unsolicited for a while. After all, I do warn that in my review polices , but totally felt over my head and the feelings came back.
So, steps to keep from feeling like this again:
I have a "Pub dates doc" that I have been doing for a while, and it looks like this:
But it wasn't working just how I wanted because I just knew what to read next, not a schedule for when to read it. A lot of books will have same pub date and I was thinking, oh its mid april, I don't have to read those (five) may books quite yet. And hence over my head.
You may notice that I have need post by some of them... I make my html that I have in every review, and pick a date for that review and click save so its just a draft. I do a lot of these at once when I feel like it and it saves me some time in the long run I think. Or at least frustration. Here's an example. On some I will go ahead and have the cover and description because I usually have a google doc with the descriptions of the books on my kindle for when I don't have wifi and want to know what it is about beforehand.
I just made a review calendar so maybe that will help if I see if I have time, leaving 3-4 days for each book.
August is a lot like july and then sept is already pretty full
How do you stay organized? Anything different? How do you know when to read books? Do you preplan? Have an idea to make my system any more effecient? How far out do you plan?