Getting it Done
As a writer, publicist, Clash of the Titles Marketing Manager, and freelance editor, I tend to have quite a few fires burning at once. What I don’t have is time to waste. I imagine you could say the same. Over the next week or so, I’d like to talk about ways to increase productivity. We’ll start with a brief discussion on time management (Most often, I’ve found it’s not a matter of how much time we have, but instead, how we use our time.) Then I’d like to talk about the necessity of goal setting. I know, all you list-hating free-thinkers are balking right about now. But trust me, a bit of self-imposed fencing and stretching goes a long way.
But before we can change our outward behaviors, we need to change our mindset. We need to evaluate our thinking, rooting out those faulty thought processes that get in our way. These will vary from person to person, and often, they’re cloaked in “logical thinking.” Meaning, fear of failure will hide behind “commitments to responsibility” or indecision, etc.
One time-sapper I’ve seen time and time again, enough to think it might be inherent to writing, is discouragement. Feelings of discouragement cause writers to question their calling and has led many to squander days, months, sometimes even years, moping about looking for some sort of discouragement-zapping confirmation.
Today I’m at the Robin’s Nest to talk about this very thing and I invite you to join me. Because quite honestly, with all the work required to see a novel/book from big-picture idea to print, you don’t have time to fight against yourself. (Which is what discouragement is–you fighting against you, rendering yourself ineffective.)