Are you time poor or just disorganised?

Manage your priorities and you'll manage your time.

Are you time poor or just disorganised?

March 18, 2016 |  by  |  Organisation, Schedule, Writing  |  Share

Manage your priorities and you'll manage your time. Manage your priorities and you'll manage your time. If that’s the case, and you want to write a book, you need to put ‘write a book’ at the top of your list of priorities at some point, otherwise it will never get done. It’s easy to think you are too busy but the truth is that you haven’t made a decision that you going to follow through with your desire to write a book. In the absence of that firm decision, your book drifts. Something else comes along and takes up the time you could have spent on it.

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Get your first draft finished

Do you need to get your first draft finished? If you are struggling to maintain your momentum and get your words on the page you are probably feeling frustrated and stuck.

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How long will it take to write your book

You need to know how long it will take you to write your book otherwise you won’t allow the right amount of time in your schedule to do the work. It is quite easy to work out and well worth the effort because when you know how long it is going to take, you can also work out the best way for you to do the work.

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How do you successfully implement your book plan

The truth is that we all make plans, we all put some of those plans into action, and we all have plans we never even begin putting into action. Why is that? Is our success down to necessity, simplicity, or our commitment to a project? Do we become afraid and so avoid our plan or do we just get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work we need to do and so never start? Why do we sometimes make plans and never follow through?

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Make every time a good time to write

Can any time be a good time to write? Many of us don’t think so. We believe we need certain conditions or circumstances to be able to write. The truth is that we all have a time of day or particular set of circumstances that we prefer when we want to write. That time, for us, is like gold; it is when everything feels easy because we feel motivated, energised and positive.

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What to do when your writing schedule falls apart

April 27, 2014 |  by  |  365 Day Blogging Challenge, Schedule, Writing  |  Share

Keeping to any schedule is always a challenge; there are bound to be good days and not such good days, days where everything is smooth and feels easy and days when the work feels hard and you get stuck. Getting over one difficult day is one thing, getting over a more long-term disruption or slump can be much harder. When you look at your schedule after you’ve had a major break in your work plans, it can seem as if it is laughing at you.

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Create a motivating writing schedule

If your book is stalling, it could be because you don't have a motivating writing schedule. Publishing is built around deadlines and schedules. It is the lifeblood of the whole industry and they rule everything that happens. If you want to write and publish your own book efficiently, you will need to write (and keep to) schedules.

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5 Top Tips for a Great Writing Session

Writing your book is a job and one you can plan and get done in an organised way. Along with your book plan, your word targets will make getting the writing done far easier. Apart from anything else, you can plan the number of words you want to write each day and know when you have met that target. This is very motivating and will allow you to see progress each time you set out to write your book.

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7 key reasons why you haven’t written your book

If you don’t think your book topic idea is good enough, do more research. Look at other books, do a keyword search to find a better topic and ask your contacts for feedback. Work on your title, too. Getting that right can make a huge difference.

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The power of setting a deadline

April 2, 2014 |  by  |  365 Day Blogging Challenge, Planning, Schedule  |  Share

There is no magic trick to setting a deadline. All you have to do is decide when you want to publish your book then work out what you need to do to get the relevant work done. If it looks unachievable – or just plain silly – you will simply need to decide whether to invest more time or spend more money. It’s as simple as that.

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Create a writing schedule

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a professional editor Top Tip 2: Create a book plan so you know whether you have the right content Top Tip 3: Check the structure works by looking at the contents list Top Tip 4: Check your subject is right for your business and for you as an author Top Tip 5: Work out where this book fits within your business Top Tip 6: Make sure you are clear on your key points Top Tip 7: Create a writing schedule Top Tip 8: Finish writing before you start revising and editing Top Tip 9: Focus your book if you have too much content Top Tip 10: Add more detail if you have too little content Below are details of the seventh tip on what you can do to get your book back on track. If you have worked out where your book is going wrong, you may have some more writing to do. If you got stuck early on in the development of your book it’s possible you have a lot of writing to do. Lots or little, it doesn’t matter. What you need to do is work out how long it is going to take you to do it so you can create a writing schedule for yourself. Once you have a schedule worked out, your writing time will feel more manageable and definitely more defined and achievable. It will also make you feel more organised and give you a definite goal to aim for – as opposed to a rough idea that you...

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