If you’re struggling with time management or productivity, take back your control by starting with writing something every day. The key word is “something” — as generic a word that is.
Something could be a journal entry, a poem, a dream, a blog post, a conversation overheard in the coffee shop, a letter to your grandmother, a short story, a memory, a character sketch, captions to summer photos, setting, exchange of dialogue, a chapter to your novel, your author profile, an epilogue, back cover blurb, news article, commenting on an author’s blog/website, a travelogue, a prayer, a wish list to Santa.
By writing something every day you are establishing a writing habit–which helps you manage your time. A writing habit will allow you to . . .
Today was a bittersweet day for me as a self-published author. I received print proofs for the remaining two ebooks in my backlist pile. I started the process of converting my three books into paperback editions last summer. Yeah, yeah…it’s April now.
Working on this paperback book project happened during my “abundant” spare time as I run a content marketing consulting business full-time. I know many of you can relate, because like me, you aren’t one of the unicorns writing novels for a living.
In truth, it took me almost seven years to get here. Converting my ebooks into paperback editions was always a goal of mine, but I had no idea how I would pull it off as a DIY author. Well, I finally got over my BS and did something about it . . .
Welcome to the third post in my 4-part series on Marching Toward Goal Achievement. Last time we talked about why goals fail and how to create a savvy goal and turn it into an ass-kicking machine. This week I want to show you how to plug those goals into a schedule that won’t stress you out.
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Have you ever set a goal or made a new year’s resolution where you were pumped and excited at first, then your momentum fizzled out and you lost interest in your end goal? This happens to the best of us! Some goals fail because they don’t meet five necessary conditions for success.
Setting goals is an absolute best first step. But setting goals doesn’t actually guarantee you’ll get anything accomplished. While there is something to be said for “winging it” or “let’s just see what happens” because we are taking the initial steps of action, forward progress won’t continue without a strategy.
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This is a reblog from last year. March-ing toward Goal Achievement is not just a play on words–this time of year truly does kick my butt. I suffer low energy levels and my productivity output decreases.
The strategies I outline through the next four weeks have truly helped get me back on track–not just with productivity but creativity also. Maybe you’ll find some helpful gems in this series!
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