I hope you're enjoying the "Keep It Going-Get It Done" Quick Tip Series where each day for four days, I give you a Quick Tip and a Quick Action you can implement right away to write all the things that are going to help you create movement and momentum in your business!
"Keep It Going-Get It Done" Quick Tip #2 - Break your project into manageable chunks. One reason we don't write regularly or we put off what we need to write is that it looks too big. (And it might be too big for just one writing appointment.)
"Write book" doesn't work so well in that scheduled appointment time I talked about in Quick Tip #1. You can't exactly cross it off your list.
You can, however, set the goal of writing for, say, 30 minutes (and you've scheduled that). Or the goal of jotting down the outline of your article. Or mindmapping your sales page. Or writing emails to gather testimonials for your latest service offering.
A few rules about breaking your writing up into manageable chunks:
- Plan your project. Think of every step, no matter how small, and write that down. Even if you're just writing a blog post, you could note the following steps:
A. Draft blog post.
B. Upload picture to use for post.
C. Draft title.
D. Edit blog post.
Each of these steps is much more manageable, AND you might even be more motivated to do them. ("Oh, that won't take long. I'll just upload this picture right now...")
- Know that tasks usually take longer than we plan. So, if you have an hour of scheduled writing time, plan about 30-45 minutes of tasks from your breakdown in #1. Then, when you finish all of them, you'll have a great sense of accomplishment.
- As an alternative, just write for as long as you've scheduled. When that time is up, you're done. End of story. No worries about where you are on the task list, and you still have that sense of accomplishment because you wrote during your scheduled writing time.
Quick like a bunny, write down all the steps of your current writing project. For even greater accountability, write in the comments below and tell me what those steps are!
Really want to boost your writing?
Four hours of writing allows you to make HUGE progress on what you're working on. Because, honestly, you're not going to get as much done with 15 minutes here, 5 minutes there.
WHAT: Just Write! Virtual Workshop
DATE: Friday,June 29, 2012
TIME: 12:00pm - 4:00pm eastern each day
LOCATION: Virtual! From wherever you want to write (but try to make sure it's a quiet place, as there will be a group of us together).
PRICE: $29 for each workshop - includes the four-hour workshop, handouts, and on-the-spot coaching.
I have my list ready for Friday, and I have lots to write. I hope you'll be writing with us on Friday!