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Word of warning: this post is all over the place!
I've been watching some of my authors and I've noticed a bit of the frazzles coming out their ears lately.
So today's post is dedicated to them. Okay, so all my posts are dedicated to them. I write these things specifically for them. Ever hear of the advice write to one person? Well, I am directly writing to my authors, but everyone else gets to see the benifits--or stumbles.
We have a lot going on this month! Patricia's first book comes out in June and we're doing everything to get it finalized.
I've been tempted to tell you that no one will buy it so you don't get frazzled over sales. That might sound harsh to the rest of ya'll but my authors get my sense of humor.
What I'm really saying is we're in it together. You've spent time and money, I've spent time and money, we believe in your story and truthfully it had to be available to the public! There was no way I was going to let that one go into obscurity. I feel the same way about Carol's book. It was not allowed to go into obsurity. And Luke's Tale will finally be available free the first week of June. Luke's Tale also goes on virtual blog tour the last week of the month.
KDP is a hit or miss for people and we're going to see what happens. It doesn't matter though. Keep writing.
But the reason I titled this blog the time is now is because it is.
One, if you're an aspiring author, do it! Plan it, set a date and go for it!
I have to tell you, I joined a program that teaches you how to become an authority in your field. I've done very little with the program because I haven't made time. Just as one of my authors put a project on hold to deal with the virtual blog tour, I've decided that this other project is something I want to do, but later. You see...it's not time.
This is my backwards way of telling you that planning your goals and acting on them is what's going to make them successful.
Planning is the key. Everyday I go to my phone in the morning and plan my day. I have an app for that. It's called Any.Do - yeah funny name but great app. I love it's email feature, alarm features and reminders.
So do you plan your day? You might have a list of things to do, but do you actually figure out how much time the tasks take? Do you try to improve on your efficiency? Have you found any short-cuts to save time? Everyone talks about planning your day but they forget one of the reason WHY planning is so important.
Plan your day, so you can review and see where you can save time. Take the extra five minutes to go back to your list and think about how you can get more done. Not in a frantic way, but in a way that give you five minutes to do some yoga, focus your brain from frazzled to focused.
Deepak Chopra is running a Conscious Lifestyle blog on LinkedIn and I'm finding that he's right--focus on the here and now prevents burn out. I'm not writing when I'm walking Emma. I'm not running Amazon numbers in my head when I'm at the job that pays the base bills.
When I say the time is now, I'm not only saying that right now is the time to "do", but also a reminder of being in the moment. Be here, right now. How does this post make you feel? Is your brain buzzing? can you focus on each word as an individual or are you scanning? When you're with your horse are you riding or thinking about what you have to do in the office? The mind affects the body and vice versa. Stay focused. Plan your day. Be in the moment. Bring yourself to center by connecting your palms together and breathing. Now is it time, or not?
Look at your to do list. Are there things you can do more efficiently?
Are you here and now? Can you focus on this sentence? If not, maybe collect yourself and bring in the thoughts going out. (That is if you haven't scanned the sentence). :)
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