Juggling life and book writing
As with any major project in your life, there is always a question of ‘juggling’ your usual daily activities with the new project that want to complete.
Perhaps an easy way to assimilate (and complete) a new project in your life is to change one of your existing habits. This means that you will replace the activity that you are currently undertaking (watching a favourite show or reading a book) with actions and activities to complete you new project – in this case, writing your book.
Keep in mind, this does not need to be a permanent change to your habits (although you may find you enjoy the change) it is a temporary ‘exchange’ to enable you to complete you book. You can always take a few days once you have finished your book to binge on anything you missed while focusing on completing your book.
What are some potential habits to change?
Some habits that you could consider swapping, or think of it as ‘out with old, in with the new’.
- Instead of ‘surfing’ or browsing social media, use that time to research potential references to support your hypothesis or quotes that will inspire your audience for your book.
- Replace binge watching a show and instead use that time to write down ideas for your book. This writing could done in a dedicated journal or diary (start with 10 minutes a day) to get those creative juices flowing. Doing this could also assist in creating a basic structure of what you would like your finished book to be.
- Looking to clean up your desk to avoid working? How about you use that time instead to collate content you have already written.
- If you find yourself reading a novel, how about you put the book down and make notes about potential new content that you might want to put into your book?
- When you turn on the radio or stream music, change it to a Podcast or Audio Book about book writing and publishing.
To create and build a new habit, it is best to work on it on a daily basis. While this can seem overwhelming to start with, take one day at a time. You can do this. Because, before you know it – even if it is just 10 minutes a day – you will start seeing a change and your book starting to build momentum.
What will you do?
Will you change something that you do daily that you don’t really need to do, into something that you do need to do – and write your book?
I can’t answer that, only you can.
If you are reading this, my guess is that you want to publish your book. I hope that you start to change what you are doing today and choose to share your story by publishing your book.