New Author Tip #4 Eliminate Time Wasters
I want you to identify three to five time wasters and get rid of them. If you are an email junkie, Quit! If you are a phone addict, Quit! If you are spending too much time doing a bunch of minor task, Stop!
Take a look at how you spend your time, and honestly assess your time usage. It will be hard for you to complete your book and all the task that is needed to effectively promote, sell and position your book for success if your all over the place. The thing I hear most often from soon-to-be authors is “I don’t have enough time to write!” And guess what…that’s why they remain “soon-to-be authors.”
Not enough time?
When you really want something you make the time. If you are truly committed, you will make time for something you truly desire. If not, then you are just kidding yourself and wasting your own time just adding on more task that you don’t plan on completing.
I want you to write down a writing schedule. Schedule regular time slots to work on your book and your marketing plan. If you’re a morning person get up an hour earlier. Usually around 5am/6am, the hour right before the sun rises is one of the most creative times of day. If you’re a night owl, such as myself, stay up an hour later and get to work. Either way, give yourself a regular slot of at least sixty minutes per day (2 hours is even sweeter) three to five time per week.
If you have children, schedule your time to work when they are doing their activities or take them to the park. Find a way to make it happen. The most important thing is to get into a rhythm and stick with it. Don’t use children, family, job or some other excuse for not writing your book. They are the reason you should write your book…think Legacy…think Generation…think Catalyst!