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Ready to write your book but need help organizing your time? The Time Blocking method of scheduling will help you manage your time and set your priorities.

Congratulations! You are ready to get started and write your book. But how will you find the time? The rest of your life is still in motion and your dance card is full.

The Law of Attraction

You’ve heard about The Law of Attraction, haven’t you? The Law of Attraction says that what you think about is what you attract into your life. Your dominant thoughts will find a way to manifest. When you change your thoughts, you change your life.

So what will you think about? That you’ll never get your book written? That you’ll need more money to pursue it? That you’re really not that great at writing? When that nagging voice in your head says, “You’re not good enough, you’re too busy, this is too hard,” you have to quiet it down. When that voice attacks me, I shout out loud, “Stop lying to me!” because it is a lie.

You didn’t wake up one day and decide, “I think I’ll write a book now.” No, that seed was already inside you, growing over time. This desire came from something bigger than you, and its effect could be bigger than you, too. Your message can change the world … one reader at a time.

Life is busy, and time is precious. You’ve got work, the kids, vacation, responsibilities, etc. That little voice that whispers sweet defeat in your ear before you even get started needs to be put in its place. Tell it you are going to do this and you can find the time. It will be a challenge, but you’re up to it, right?

Time Blocking

So how do you find the time to write your book? I use a method for organizing my time called Time Blocking, and it works. As the name suggests, you divide your time into blocks that you can organize, shuffle, and use to maximize your productivity. Of course, you have to be efficient when you carve out the time for writing, which means that you take a look at everything you do, evaluate all your responsibilities, and organize the tasks into specific blocks of time. That’s how you get everything done.

Time Blocking also means that when your calendar is set, you honor the calendar, that you enforce the calendar, and live by the calendar. It takes discipline, but it’s very effective once you get the hang of it.

When I was first introduced to the idea of time blocking, I thought “Good grief, I’m going to have to get up at 5:00 am to get everything done!” I’m not suggesting your days have to be as long as mine, or perhaps you’re a night owl and you’d sooner extend the latter part of the day. But when you look at your workload and you find you need to pack more in for the short term in order to get your book written, then so be it.

When I block my time, I color-code everything, and you can see that I devote large blocks of time to my tasks – not just fifteen minutes here or there. I organize my time so I can concentrate fully on one thing, then move on to the next block.

Every week, I have to schedule time to plan, write, deliver, and produce my classes, as well as coach my clients, so I calculate how much time I need per week for those tasks, and schedule everything in blocks throughout the week.

And while I’m working on an article, I’m not answering the phone (it’s turned off), I’m not checking email (it’s closed), and I’m not cruising around on the Internet looking for the latest Groupon. I’m writing an article, and that’s the only thing I do. I schedule other blocks of time to catch up on phone calls and email. When I’m writing, I’m writing.

If you want to write a book, be ready to write at the appointed time. Don’t make one more phone call – turn off your phone. Don’t decide you want to make a cup of coffee. If you want coffee, be sure it’s ready when it’s time to write.

Don’t play games with yourself and say you’re too tired. If you’re tired, then write tired. If you are frustrated, then write frustrated. If you feel stuck, then write while feeling stuck.

Do it. Do it. Do it. Books don’t write themselves. Committed people like you do!


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About Nancy L. Erickson

Nancy L. Erickson has written 31 posts in this blog.

International book marketer, executive book coach, international speaker, and author advocate Nancy L. Erickson is known as The Book Professor because she helps everyday people write high-impact nonfiction books that will save lives, change lives, or transform society. Titles credited to her name include A Life in Parts, for which she received back-cover endorsements from Sir Paul McCartney and Cindy Crawford. Using a methodology she developed, Erickson leads her clients through the writing and publishing process, from initial concept to a draft manuscript, finished manuscript, professionally published product, and internationally marketed product. Erickson is the owner of Stonebrook Publishing, a small press she founded in 2009, and is the creator and owner of Bookarma, a book marketing platform where authors help authors market their books globally through shared social networks. She has presented her innovative ideas at BEA and the Frankfurt Book Fair, where she was a featured speaker.

14 thoughts on “Write Your Book Using The Time Blocking Method

  1. The key here like you said is to honor the calendar. There’s no point in taking the time to create a calendar only to ignore it. I also like your strategy of blocking off large chunks. It’s hard to get much done in only 15 minutes.

  2. mary says:

    Yes, it can be hard to get anything done in only fifteen minutes. But, as Patricia Dunn (author of “Rebels by Accident”) said, if you can write a page a day, you’ll have a novel drafted in a year. So, if you only have fifteen minutes, use them! More time is always better, but we have to start by using what we have.

  3. So, is there an app to create this time-block method? I don’t have time to come up with one!

  4. Krishna ram says:

    This is an excellent time management idea. But I would like to know if some flexibility can be introduced without defeating the purpose of the time block system.

  5. Julie says:

    I’ve just had a ‘lightbulb’ moment reading about the Time Blocking Method. Thank you!!!

  6. M Laursen says:

    Well-known/tested strategy from the corporate world, and it works if applied with discipline. That said, you are kidding yourself and a serious omission if you do not schedule in blocks for at least meals (breakfast, lunch and perhaps dinner) and highly recommend also putting in one or two breaks during the day.

  7. Barry T says:

    What software do you use for your calendar / planner ?

  8. Lynn says:

    I’m glad to see that the article content refutes the absurd notion of the “Law of Attraction.” As the writer clearly spells out, it takes far more than simply thinking about something to make it magically happen.
    It’s not your “dominant thoughts” that “find a way to manifest”; it’s your good old-fashioned hard work–concrete actions. You can accomplish whatever you put your mind to when you follow it up with determination, self-discipline, and commitment. The time-blocking concept is a good start in applying the needed effort.

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