It’s coming fast and furious on a mission undeterred. What, you ask? The end of the year, that’s what and with it, more stuff cropping up attempting to side track me from my goal.
Unless you live under a rock, you are probably experiencing some of the same things. If you don’t live under a rock and are not experiencing some or any of this, SHARE YOUR SECRET PLEASE!!!
So here’s the thing: As 60 days – 57 really when you exclude Thanks Giving and the winter solstice celebration of your faith tradition, and some of you I know will not be able to resist the temptation of shopping the day after Thanks Giving – if Christmas eve is a major focal point, deduct that as well. Deduct days needed to get the house ready, to travel to family or entertain family that are coming to visit; days needed for gift and food shopping and cooking and…..
You get where I’m going with this. There’s not nearly as much calendar remaining as it appears. Essentially, we have no procrastination time left. It’s do or not do time.
Time to re-prioritize and make some hard choices.
What are you willing to give up in order to create time in your schedule to complete the tasks associated with your goal?
I’m giving up watching television and hoping my DVR doesn’t run out of space. I’ve been working on the last 2 chapters of my book since forever. I’ve completed the research. I just need to write them. Its not like I’m writing a treatise.
I’m going to take advantage of the remaining weeks of the football season. When football is on, I am guaranteed anywhere from 3 to 5 hours to myself.
Love it! Love it! Love it! Wish the season were longer. It’s remarkable how much you can get done when nobody’s calling your name.
I have no doubt, that for some of you, that’s a dream in and of itself. I can hear you as I’m writing this.
Also, while throngs will be duking it out for $200 flat screens the day after Thanks Giving I will be at my computer proofing and editing, tightening a final draft.
Take advantage of opportunities to do two things at once. I have a 45 minute commute to and from the office. Using my notebook or iPad or both, I can get an idea outlined and researched. 45 minutes each way is 1 1/2 hours a day, 7 1/2 hours per week. That’s the equivalent of a full work day, except its for me and what I want to accomplish. That’s if I don’t spend all the time staring at the trees as they fly by. And sometimes, you just have to do that – stare out and let your mind decompress.
Out of town travel is a major opportunity for me to get some work done as well. Me and my iPod writing partner Dave Koz, work really well together on long flights.
I also take advantage of all the technology available to me: iPhone with unlimited data, iPad with keyboard and writing apps including a dictionary and thesaurus, Wi Fi capabilityto email drafts to myself and a virtual depository like Drop Box and Dragon Speech Recognition Software for those rare occasions I find my self without a pen. Can you imagine, a writer without a pen? It has happened more than once.
I am determined not to let 2014 roll in with my book still incomplete and I am putting myself out there because short of some catastrophic event, I will not have enough nerve to come to you on January 1st with another excuse similar to the excuse I had this past January 1st.
So what’s going to keep you from meeting your year-end goal? List the excuses and then step back and assess how valid they are. Once you’ve done that, and be honest with yourself, adjust your time and timeline accordingly. Here’s a link to a useful tool to assist you.
I’ll be checking back in 30. In the meantime, share your tips, secrets and methods of madness in the comments section. With 60 days or less remaining, any and all help is welcome.
P.S. Don’t beat yourself up. Just keep it moving. Every step counts.