If you want a BIG start with a book in 2014, you have to prioritize your book project. Take it off the back burner. Move your book’s completion into your top three priorities. Set up a regular time schedule to write. Keep your commitment and allow the cumulative effect (doing a little bit at a time) to build. Even so, unless you want it to take years to write, you must schedule concentrated writing time each week. Using the example in our introduction, you could write two-three pages in an hour a day (even a five day week) and have a short twelve chapter book in twelve weeks.
Here are five tips to stop procrastinating and start planning:
1. ARREST THE ONLINE ADDICTION.
For most people (including me), it is so easy to get addicted to being online and wasting tons of time. If not already, get control. Set online time limits – set aside a specific amount of time each day (thirty minutes, one hour) to check the news, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and stick to it. Keep your momentum going -quit checking for new emails and twitter updates every ten minutes – otherwise this controlling activity wins.
2. LEARN TO LOVE YOUR INBOX.
I really had this one bad. Reply quickly if you can reply in less than a couple of minutes do it! Keep replies short – lose the email talk and get to the point. Delete old emails if you haven’t responded to an email in a month; just delete it.
3. KEEP YOUR FOOT ON THE GAS PEDAL.
Eliminate distractions: When you are really ready to get serious, turn off your phones (if possible) and instant messages when working. Yes, cut off all your phones, especially cell phones, landlines, iphones, etc. Close your door. Distractions kill momentum.
4. POWER THROUGH LIFE.
Focus on just one thing at a time. Nothing is more powerful than focused, purposeful energy. No need to multi-task with this one. Streamline your focus and you’ll discover increased productivity.
5. GET STUCK TO RESULTS
Do plenty of what you do. If you are a writer, do plenty of writing, if you’re a consultant, then consult! Use the results to motivate you.
Don’t put off planning any longer. Take your book dream off the shelf. If you wait, you can be this time next year without making your big dream of writing a successful book come true. You’ve stop procrastinating; you have the plan, the knowledge and the solution. Now write it all down. Your audience is waiting. Tap into the power of a 100 day goal and write a successful book. Make it different. Make it count. Make it yours.
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