Time has been on my mind this week: mostly because I don’t feel I have enough of it! I feel time poor, but in fact, I think the problem isn’t so much that I am time poor, it’s that I’m just disorganised. As a result, I’ve made a few changes that have made a big difference. I want to share those with you now so you can begin to see how finding the time to write your book may not be as hard as it seems right now.

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Are you time poor?

I recently posed a question on Facebook asking what stops people from getting started on their book. Some said they didn’t know how to get started, some thought they wouldn’t know how to promote a book and others said they didn’t have time. More specifically, they told me that a book wasn’t at the top of their priority list right now or that they were just ‘too busy’.

You need to put ‘write a book’ at the top of your list of priorities at some point, otherwise it will never get done. Click To Tweet

It’s true: sometimes we are just ‘too busy’. We have another big project on the go, a lot of calls on our time, we feel fractured and we feel overwhelmed. If that’s the case, you might not have time to take on a new project.

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.

This is where you have to get strict with yourself: do it or ditch it. If you are never going to prioritise writing your book, cross that project off your to-do list. If it isn’t going to happen this year, put it in your schedule for next year and commit to it.

As soon as you identify the right time for you to write your book, you schedule it into your diary and you mentally and emotionally commit to following through and doing the work, you can stop thinking about it. You can focus on something else because you have made a decision. You are no longer in ‘too busy’ mode, you are in a focused state of mind that gets results.

Just disorganised

If you never have enough time because you’re just disorganised about how you use it, you simply need to find a way of organising and scheduling your time. You need to begin by setting priorities and goals. Ideally, you need goals for your year and for each month as well as each week and each day. That way, all your time is aligned towards achieving your big goals but the work gets broken down into smaller daily tasks or goals.

Each day, I sit down and write my goals for the day. I also set myself a daily challenge. This helps me to face my fears and take on tasks I find difficult or that I might otherwise avoid. I keep them small and manageable but they have a huge impact on my confidence and productivity.

Try it.

Make sure your daily goals are not too big for your day. You need to be realistic about what you can get done so you can get to the end of the day and tick off most if not all of your list. Of course, life happens and your day may get disrupted, but you need to start with a plan and hit-list of what you want to get done. If you don’t do this, you can’t block off periods of time in your day, focus or achieve anything.

You can use the same strategy with your book. Set a goal for your book each day. Set aside a period of time to achieve that objective and when you get to your allotted time, focus and get it done. It sounds simple, and it is.

Ditch the excuses, get organised and make the space you need in your schedule to write your book. You’ll be glad you did!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I would love to know what you think or hear your own strategies for making good use of your time. Please leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you. Thanks!

Deborah Taylor
Deborah Taylor

Hi, I'm Deborah Taylor and I'm a publishing consultant and book-writing mentor. I work with established business owners who want to share their message by writing a book but are struggling to get started (or finished). I help them write, publish and launch a stand-out, attention-grabbing book that will raise their profile, reach more of their ideal clients and grow their business. I am a trained editor with over 15 years' publishing experience with major blue-chip UK publishing companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, BBC Books, Cassell and Pearson. I have produced books on every subject under the sun and with professinals and experts from a wide range of professions, from chefs and gardeners to life coaches and career consultants. I would love to help you write a book you love and that will raise your profile, attract new clients and bring you exciting new business opportunities.