Some things are so simple. Stuff we know, but forget as time goes by. I subscribe to the Daring to Live Fully blog, but usually skim the articles. Yesterday, I read a post on strengthening the willpower, and it talked about getting enough sleep, meditating for ten minutes, exercising and eating better. Stuff I know, right?
Somehow, reading the explanations behind our behaviour patterns put my mind in a different place, and I recognize once again why I’m low on productivity. I never get enough sleep. No matter how many times I resolve to get to bed early, I hardly do, which results in low-grade exhaustion all the time.
Marci Baun, my publisher at Wild Child Publishing, has been helping her writers to view writing as a business, taking into account things like productivity, planning, and implementation of goals and targets. I lift my hat to her for being helpful and pro-active. New writers in the group will be grateful, because I remember not having a clue what to do about marketing when I signed my first contract.
These past two weeks, I’ve had more time to explore on the internet and it’s amazing the number of books that some authors have out there. I look at myself and the half dozen completed books on my hard drive and the other half dozen in various stages and I wonder why I can’t get as much done as I should. The irony is that I used to write more before I sold one book. Now, I only write under pressure. Not good.
Lists work for me, but I start them and never follow through. It’s way past time to look beyond the current project and the next and focus on the big picture. I don’t see myself working for someone else forever. I’ll be putting Marci’s strategies into play, getting some rest (boy, do I need that) and moving on from there.
Last night, I did something out of the ordinary; I turned off the computer and read a book. Didn’t take me long and the story swept me into Africa and a romance between two stubborn people. The author, Kiru Taye, is part of the Romantic Friday Writers Group. She’s
good great at creating sexual tension. Wonderful stuff in a romance.
Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be spending some time at the drawing board, mapping out my business plan.