By Debbie LaCroix
I’ve met so many amazing authors over the past years! All are at different levels in their careers. And success is different for each of them.
I want you to think about what success means to you. Often, we are not really where we want to be in our writing journey.. We may have books unfinished, unedited, half baked, over baked, we may have sent out manuscripts that get close. For some, we still haven’t reached our goal of 100 books by the time we are 35, and you are 42. For most of us, the excuse is TIME. There are so many amazing things happening around us, and we want to do it all. But there isn’t enough TIME!
If you are not hitting the success you want, ask yourself are you putting in the work. I know this is my biggest issue. I have so many things I want to do in my life. I am easily distracted on a project, fundraiser, my children’s whirlwind of activities, even my job. There are many times I get to Saturday and I think, “Crud, I didn’t write today. Or this week. Or this month.” So, I have to sit back and reevaluate… what is success to me, and how to I plan to attain it?
The best way to attain your success it is to make it a top 5 priority. AND, you have to maintain it as such.
Make a list of the things that are important to you. Each of these takes time. The list should include things that take your time:
Family (You may need to rank your family and children separately if your kids are younger), God, Career, Fitness, Writing, Art, Volunteering (List each separately), coaching, friends, reading every night, favorite TV show, Social Media (Facebook, blogging, Twitter), cleaning your house so it’s spotless, gardening, attending fundraisers (if this is a weekly/monthly activity), theatre/acting, dance, Bunko, …. anything you can think of.
**You do not need to rank the things you do for fun that are not on a regular schedule.
Now comes the hard part. Rank each one in order of most importance. To help you get started, STAR the ones you cannot live without.
Next, think about how much time you actually put into your top priorities vs those that rank 6 or under. Is this balancing out?
1 – 5 should get the most of your time. These you give daily/weekly time.
6 – 8 should get some time, but you touch on them way less.
If it’s a 9 or more, do you really need it in your life to be fulfilled? If yes, think about how you are balancing your other priorities to make these happen.
One thing I had dropped out of my life was TV when I did this ranking. It freed up so much time! What can you eliminate from your list of time stealers? Where does writing fit in your top 10 list? Is it a Top 5? Feel free to share your list!