Does your mind wander when you are start to write? What are you thinking about? Now this is after you’ve have specific intention to focus and continue to write your masterpiece. So what happened? What are you thinking about?
– Calls that you needed to returned
– Appointments that you needed to make or keep.
– Dishes that are piling up
– Family responsibilities, pulling you in several directions.
– The dreaded paper task of filing.
Whatever it is, you like me get distracted. So what is a writer to do? In 2014 you can change the level of your productivity, so you can write that bestselling novel, or e-book, but you must take action.
DELEGATE…..that’s right, “Delegate”……….
Here is the definition as an action work:
entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself.
“he delegates routine tasks”
synonyms: assign, entrust, pass on, hand on/over, turn over, devolve, depute,transfer
Saying this another way; find someone who will do what you don’t want to do, have time to do, are scared to do, etc. The ‘someone’ can be a person, a business offering a particular needed service that will not only free up your time, but more importantly your mind. If you are saying you can’t afford to pay someone, barter for what you need. I’ve done it before, and it works. It is a win-win situation. Remove any reason that could double as an excuse. Delegate to get the benefit of your writing and meet your objective. You can do this.
I don’t know if you are like me. Either way keep reading. If you spend more than 15 minutes each day, reading email you are wasting time. I realized that I was spending way too much time looking at email, then clicking links in the email to be distracted by junk.
Solution: I spend a few minutes each day delisting myself from lists. And finally I am starting to notice a difference in the amount of time I spend. This really does work. Believe me, if you find yourself needing some information just go “Google” it.
Truth: People marketing webinars, tele-seminars, online courses, are not the problem. They are only doing what they need to do in order to grow their business. You and I are our own problem by not focusing on what we truly want to accomplish.
Action: If you have done your goals for 2013 already, you might feel overwhelmed, but you can take control of your time so you can focus on writing more, publishing more, and building your empire.
Your strategic writing plan should be done for 2013. If not you still have a few weeks. Planning in advance allows you to:
- incorporate a true schedule for the entire year
- consider personal family, work, volunteer, etc. obligations
- have clearly defined goals with actionable objectives and steps
- manage and see your progress
- identify and solve problems as you move foward
So, what should you consider in this plan. At a minimum decide if:
- you are going to write for a specific markets(s), and what that market(s) will be
- is your writing for profit or pleasure or legacy
- how many books you plan to write
If you approach this with an open attitude, your plan will have the same organized intensity as if you were planning an important trip, making a purchasing decision, handling your finances, etc.
So, get moving. The end of they year will be here very soon.