This week I have put my head down and focused entirely on completing the edits for the book. And what I discovered this week was life-changing.
Let me explain.
I have started to use timed blocks of time to edit.
I set my timer for 1.5 hours and focus entirely on the task at hand. I do not check email, nor so I do any other task.
I got this idea from Cal Newport’s book Deep Work.
The only time I get up is around 45 minutes into the timed block when I need to get some water, take a short stretch break or visit the bathroom.
But using times blocks of writing has forced me to concentrate on the task at hand.
And at the end of the time block, I reward myself with a 15-minute break where I can either go on social media, check email or make myself a cup of tea.
As a result, my productivity and ability to concentrate soared and I intend to continue using timed blocks of time.
I am aiming for 4 times blocks of 1.5 hrs per day. If I can spend at least 2-3 of these on writing sessions then I would consider my day a success.
I may even consider reducing the time block to 1 hour (as around the 45-minute mark I tend to need to get up and stretch). So I might experiment with hourly timed blocks and fit in 4-5 of these in my day.
So the plans for this week as outlined in my update last week were:
- Tomorrow, I plan to start the next edit. This includes running the entire MS through Grammarly which is an online editor. The goal is to do another read through of the book from start to finish to ensure the narrative is structured and flows logically. I plan to complete that in three days.
UPDATE (15/01/17): I underestimated how long the edits would take ( i do that a lot of the time!). I am still editing and have another 10 chapters to complete which I am confident I can finish by tomorrow.
- Research and add appropriate quotes per chapter.
UPDATE (15/01/17): A few more quotes to research and add but I am on track to complete by my deadline tomorrow.
- The plan is to have the manuscript ready by the end of this week so that I can send it back to my editor where she will perform another content edit. A content edit looks mainly at the story flow and structure.
UPDATE (15/01/17): I am confident I am on track to deliver this edited manuscript to my editor by 16th Jan 2017. I am pleased I have kept on track and able to deliver but only because I prioritised this task.
Plans for this week include:
- Finally set up my email list in mail chimp (i need to re-do this)
- Add in a landing page / opt-in form for my book
- Create a freebie which new subscribers to my email list will receive upon sign-up.
Other stuff this week:
This weekend I attended a day-long event held by Enterprise Nation. There were workshops on how to build business for entrepreneurs as well as how to make money from blogging.
It’s important as an entrepreneur to keep learning about other industries and see how businesses are run so that we can apply it to our writing business.
There are so many possibilities and opportunities are endless in today’s world.
The key takeaway I took is that you just have to go for it.
There will never be a time when you know enough or have enough resources.
At one point you need to make a decision and commit to becoming an author and entrepreneur. That’s what I have done and I hope you will join me on this journey too.
What are your plans for your author business this week? Please share below and we can support each other in achieving our goals!