Last month I published my second book. Then I started a marketing frenzy and I found that I had no time to do what I want – write!
All I seemed to do was read about writing. So I took action. First, I read some more! And I found two sayings that struck a cord with me:
“No one has time, we make time.”
“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’” Lao Tzu
I want to write – and I want to make time, so I did!
Here’s my seven highly effective habits:
1. I set my alarm and got up two hours earlier each day. I can write a lot in two hours. (There’s no one around to interrupt either).
2. I write for one hour before going to bed, after dinner, after TV (yes, I like the diversion of TV), when everyone else is in bed and not bothering me.
3. I calmed down my marketing strategy from boiling to simmering.
4. I decided to quit being a part of some FaceBook groups that are currently not helping me in what I want to achieve, they were just using my time. I can rejoin them later.
5. I adjusted my FB settings on most of the other FB groups to ‘no notifications’ so my email account stopped becoming clogged up, and I stopped becoming constantly diverted.
6. I drew up a weekly schedule of visits to FB groups that I wanted to continue being a part of. There are two groups I look at daily and the rest I look at once or twice a week (not on weekends).
7. I stopped reading everything, joining everything, commenting on everything and trying to be every-where.
- I feel in control of my time.
- I control FB it no longer controls me.
- I am doing what I actually want to do – write.
- I am no longer a headless, unproductive chicken. (Well, I am still a bit manic – as an aside to all this, I am learning French, renovating a boat and setting up a training business – phew!)
The proof will be in the pudding. My next book is about a journey with five horses, my husband and a tent. An unsuccessful journey that will leave you laughing hard, and crying harder… a percentage of proceeds will be going to a charity that rescues horses.
How to Stop Time: Superhuman Time Mastery Miracles that will Skyrocket Productivity and Motivation.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
Of Foreign Build-from corporate girl to sea-gypsy woman
Cruisers’ AA (accumulated acumen) – over 1,800 tips, tricks, ideas and advice on living on board
November 28, 2014 at 11:23 am
Highly apposite and worth reading, thank you! We gotta write, but we don’t HAVE to write every day, unless doing so soothes our temperament. Be careful not to turn that into another burden, though.
But making space, yes, I agree. Very important!
Bless you, and good luck with all your books! xxx 🙂
November 28, 2014 at 11:26 am
Thanks Fran! You are so right – the next frenzy will be writing…! Everything in moderation (almost!).
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November 29, 2014 at 5:38 am
I don’t know how exactly I got to this point, Jackie. It must be magic, as I just clicked on something or the other and here I am (I think I was looking for the Cruisers’ AA deal). But, as long as I’m here, and since we’ve both commented on the time consumed by marketing (BGS site, etc.) — which leaves less time for writing — I thought I’d mention that I’ve come to the same conclusion. I’ve also cut down on time spent on FB, etc. Anyway, I’m still reading Of Foreign Build (too many things interfere with my reading time). So, we’re heading into the Pacific (after Florida). My sea-bag is packed, and I’m ready for another bumpy, roly-poly adventure (what, noodles and peas…again??). Am lovin’ it!
I really like your effective habits. Gotta call your own shots in life.
Glen Barrera (BooksGoSocial).
November 29, 2014 at 8:44 am
Hi Glen, well I am glad you found us – it means the system is working, or perhaps ‘magic’ is better, we all need a bit of magic on our lives! 🙂 I am thrilled you are enjoying Of Foreign Build – my stomach still turns with the thought of noodles and peas! I am also thrilled to have more time to write, I had forgotten how much I love it. The fingers are romping along the keyboard. If you need any help with finding Cruisers’ AA let me know. All on Amazon, Kindle and paperback. The pictures/diagrams etc are here: https://jackieparry.com/pics/ for the Kindle, they wouldn’t sit too well on the different Kindles, so these diagrams/pics are available for everyone to use – and of course, via Of Foreign Build, you know the email link for the pictures to complement that story. Stay in touch and happy writing.
December 2, 2014 at 3:01 am
Facebook and other forms of social media sure can take over your life! Sounds like you’ve taken some very sensible moves to keep your focus on what’s really important to you. I should probably apply a few of these tips myself to my own life! Is Covey’s 7 Habits something you apply more broadly in your life?
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December 2, 2014 at 8:52 am
Hi Ellen, thanks for stopping by! And yes, they are working, I am actually moving forward with projects instead of staying static! It is taking more discipline than I realised though, but I am working on it. I do try to incorporate Covey’s habits…. the trouble is I am very impatient. I want things done ‘NOW’! I have to remind myself to sharpen the saw! 🙂