How to Stay Focused on Your Writing Goals
When you’re busy, it can be difficult to stay focused on your personal writing projects. Here are a couple of incentives that can help you reach your writing goals.
Life rushes by at an incredible pace.
Do you feel it?
You have great intentions for big accomplishments. But every time you blink, another month has passed, and it feels like you’ve barely made a dent in your writing goals.
(I’m speaking from personal experience here, but I’m betting you might be able to relate.)
For busy people like you and me, one of the biggest obstacles to writing is finding time to write. Squeezing in a few coherent pages between family time, office hours, coaching calls, or client work is a definite challenge.
So, how do you find time to focus on your writing goals?
The only way I know how to find time to write is to MAKE time to write. For me, that means scheduling dedicated writing time on my calendar.
But scheduling isn’t enough. I can easily see an appointment with myself as an open spot on my calendar and be tempted to slip something else into that time slot. Some of those writing usurpers are good. Like catching up with a friend over coffee or working on a project for a client. I believe those are beneficial and necessary activities. They simply need their own time slots on my calendar.
To do the writing I SAY I want to do, I have to honor the appointments I set for writing just as I would honor an appointment with a client.
So do you.
2 Incentives to Help You Stay Focused
I have found two incentives that keep me on track and showing up for those writing appointments.
The first is having a deadline. Whether it is 8 weeks or 8 months, a deadline is essential. Committing to finishing a writing project and giving it a deadline helps focus my efforts. It also relieves the stress that comes with feeling like a project will go on forever (which can seem daunting).
When I decided to finish writing the third book in my middle-grade adventure series this year, I set a deadline for the final draft. The date I chose was my birthday. What a gift to myself to mark that goal as DONE!
The second incentive is a shift in mindset that pushes me to prioritize personal writing. As much as I love helping others write and publish their books, the time I spend on client projects is one and done. I’ve had to change the way I look at my work. Today, I recognize that, while client work brings in immediate income, my books and programs are assets that I am building for the future.
The same is likely true for you. If you are a coach, speaker, or service provider, you may love what you do. You know it adds value to others’ lives. That’s wonderful! Just be sure that you aren’t neglecting your dreams, health, family, or future while you’re helping others improve their lives.
Honestly, it took me a while to realize that my books, programs, and coaching courses are ASSETS. For several years, I made NO time for personal projects. I am proud that my clients are so successful with their careers. I know that I have contributed to their business’s growth by helping them create books that add to that success.
But one day, it hit me that I had been neglecting to create assets for myself. With that realization came a new sense of urgency to get MY stuff done.
Why Your Personal Writing Is Important
I know now that building these assets serves two important purposes:
- I can equip, encourage, entertain, and inspire more people. You and I could never work with every prospective client. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day. But we can create products that support and educate people 24/7—anywhere in the world!
- Creating assets means that I don’t have to continually trade time for money. My programs and books have the potential to bring in income, new clients, and new opportunities. So do yours.
Building assets is important for your career now—as well as for your future. And with the right structure, effort, and marketing, your assets can grow and serve you and your clients for years to come.
What do you want to build with your story, your message, your expertise—your words?
Let me encourage you to give yourself the gift of time to work on your projects.
- Schedule the time on your calendar.
- Honor your appointment with yourself.
- Create something that makes a positive impact on others’ lives and your own.
You can do this.
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Erin K. Casey is the author of four books and the founder of My Writers’ Connection. She’s written millions of words and has helped bring hundreds of books to print. When she isn’t at her computer, she spends her time hanging out with her family and traveling as much as possible. Her middle-grade book series, Zany Zia’s Hats to Where, is one of her favorite adventures. Need help getting started on your book? Check out Erin’ 8 Weeks to Authorship program or request info for personal book coaching.