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?
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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