Many authors today have demanding careers outside of their writing as well a family to tend too. My home is no different. But just like you I had a goal of completing my book and launch products and I was determined to meet it. So how did I find the time? A word of caution is advised before we move on. You are now entering the “No Excuse Zone”. I live by this motto and everyone in the house understands that we all have goals and we are responsible for making them happen. But even with the best intentions life happens so here are some strategies to create space and time in your life for getting your book done.
1. Limit your activities when you are close to completing your book. Ask friends and family to help with carpooling and do not take on any new commitments. Allow your children or spouse to do the laundry and other household tasks. Leave empty spaces on your calendar just to think about your book and to figure out your process and of course to write. Many times we unconsciously take on more responsibilities to avoid completing major goals.
2. Create a meal plan with easy and nutritious meals. Look on-line or get a simple meal cookbook to get fresh and easy ideas that can be cooked in thirty minutes or less. Also, make sure you keep healthy snacks on hand. It so easy to eat poorly when you are writing late or early during the day. Having a system will help you get a meal on the table quickly and you back to your writing..
3. Use a recording application on your cell phone when inspiration comes. You can also record chapters of your book and have them typed later by a trained transcriptionists.
4. Keep a monthly master calendar in your kitchen or family room. Let everyone know your schedule and also keep track of theirs so you don’t miss any important activities. I also keep one calendar with my personal and business meetings so I do not mix anything up. Taking the time to do this each month and updating the calendar weekly will ensure that you have blocked time for writing with few surprises during the weeks.
5. Have a completion weekend. I generally write fifteen minutes to thirty minutes each day on bigger projects such as classes, books or information products. However, I schedule a completion weekend each month. The weekend is designed to bring all the pieces together. This is your time to connect the dots such as sorting your research, editing your work, or trimming your content. The key to having a successful weekend is to have a plan. Plan on leisure time to relax and have organized time to work while away. During these weekends I complete projects and you will too if you follow your plan. You may spend the weekend at a resort, in a cabin or in your private office. Last thought- Make sure you announce to your family and friends that you will be unplugged for the weekend. This will give you more uninterrupted time to write!
I know what it feels like to have the dream of birthing your first book buried deep inside of you. This is your time to release the dream and allow it to become a reality.
Wishing You Joy and Success,