How To Find The Time To Write

How To Find The Time To Write

 

 

Are you struggling to find the time to write? If time is your enemy then would you like to know how to find the time to write?

I recommend that you analyse what you actually do every 30 minutes over a 24-hour period. This is known as a time audit and is a time management strategy.

Time audit

 

Time management for authors

A time audit tracks what you do throughout the day or even for a week. Its purpose is to ensure that you are not fooling yourself into believing that seductive dream world where you think you are doing your best is actually real.

From time to time, create a 24-hour chart and break this down into 30-minute time slots. Document what you are doing every 30 minutes.

If you don’t want to do it the old fashioned way by drawing up a chart listing 30-minute time slots do it on an app.

Fill in the 30-minute time slots with your activity. Do not leave anything out.

Be brutal.

  • How long were your meals?
  • How long was it between sitting at your desk and then actually starting to work?
  • How long was your coffee break?
  • How many coffee breaks did you have?
  • How many toileting breaks?
  • Did you time your phone calls or just make an estimate?

Track EVERYTHING you do over a 24 hour period. 

Do this for a week. 

Boring?

Yes.

Essential?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

People say to me that they are so busy – busy, busy, busy – and that they work very hard. But there can be a very big discrepancy between what they think they do and what they actually do. 

It is essential to identify the things in your daily life that are eroding your time. 

What’s draining your time? 

Who or what’s stealing your time? 

Is it your family pouring through the open door into your workspace? 

How many calamities did you have to deal with?  

Were you distracted by a news event on television? 

Or a sporting event? 

Do visitors drop in unannounced?

Are you always surfing the net or getting distracted by social media? 

Learn to say “No”. 

If social commitments become a pressure and shrink your time, learn to say something like “Let me take a look at my diary and I’ll get back to you”. 

Classic time-wasters

 

  • Emails
  • Meetings
  • Perfectionism

I’ve come across a number of authors who want to produce a book but they let their need for perfectionism get in the way of their productivity. By trying to be perfect they set very high standards which they can never attain. 

  • Facebook  

Facebook would have to hold the current time-honoured position for being the most effective distraction to steal your time. 

  • Others making demands on your time 
  • Other people demand attention which can encroach upon your time. 
  • There are the visitors who decide to drop in and absorb your time. 
  • There are the household members, your family, who claim your attention.

The possibilities are endless unless you do something about it. 

It doesn’t stop there.

In addition, there are many other time-wasters: 

  • organising files on your computer, 
  • television, 
  • watching movies, 
  • YouTube, 
  • televised sporting events…

By doing a time audit it will become very clear to you where your time is going. If time is being wasted what can you do to rectify the problem? You have to set the boundaries for when and how you will allow the distractions to impinge on the one precious commodity you can never replace, and that is your time.

If you want transformational results, focus on how you are spending the time you have available. If you master your time well, you will be able to create a life balance.  

It won’t be always about sacrificing the activities you like to do. Your book will get written when you achieve time mastery.

 

Time management for authors

Productivity 

 

When you manage your time successfully and practise it, you will make time to pursue your creativity. You will become more productive and you will still include your life’s obligations and have time for some rest and recreation. 

Learn to eliminate what is irrelevant in your day-to-day and you will find that you have more mental space to move forward in your quest for productivity. 

If you fail to do this you will likely feel “busy” all the time. Many activities may not align with your ambitions so it’s possible to waste much of your valuable time on petty matters that do not move you forward on the path you want to travel.

Your life goals are important to you.

Don’t let anyone or anything steal them from you.

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Author website

Is An Author Website Necessary?

Is An Author Website Necessary?

 

 

Author website

 

Any author planning a career as a writer will be faced with the question – should they have an author website? The answer to this question depends on how serious they are about having a career as an author.

If planning a career as an author and wanting to publish books then clearly the answer is “Yes.”  An author does need to have an author’s website or blog.

Why have an author’s website?

 

An author website is fundamental to establishing an author platform. It’s from here that you tell your story and communicate to your followers information about you and your books.

From your website or blog, you will project your brand. Basically, this means the way you will present yourself and how your followers will perceive you.

Your author platform will lie at the heart of everything you do as an author and will be central to your marketing strategy. It’s a hub – your hub.

You the author are at the centre of your hub and your hub is like a wheel from which all things radiate.

Having an author website, then, is the starting point for building your author platform. From the website, you will communicate information about yourself, your images, books, reviews and testimonials, and sales pages.

The website will become your hub. From here you will communicate with your target audience promoting your book/s, selling your books, and advancing your career.

Author website

You the author will own and control it. The website is your vehicle where you will have all information about you and your books, the links to your books, perhaps even a shopping cart, and there will be a lead magnet to attract followers who will become part of your database.

You can create valuable content in the form of blog posts that are disseminated to your subscribers, and these blog posts will get indexed and ranked on search engines like Google.

You will be seen as an authority in your field of expertise.

From the links in the social media icons on your website, you’ll be able to connect to your various social media platforms allowing for an even wider distribution of your valuable content.

In addition, if you so wish, you may want to monetize your website with affiliate links to generate extra income.

How should you structure an author’s website?

 

An author’s website will be structured with various pages. There will be a

  • Home page
  • About page
  • Contact page
  • Promote your books page
  • Blog page
  • Legal pages such as the Terms & Conditions and Privacy pages
  • Lead magnet
  • Links to social media

When starting out just build a basic website. Don’t have all the bells and whistles or anything too high tech or fancy. Regard your website as a work in progress. Start simple and as you grow and develop as an author so too will your website grow and develop.

WordPress website

 

There are many other website platforms available but WordPress is recognised as the best and easiest platform to use.

And when I refer to WordPress I mean WordPress.org which is the most popular and the number one platform in the world.  WordPress has two platforms (1) wordpress.org, and (2) wordpress.com.

With WordPress.org you own and control it. This will allay any danger of losing your site just because someone else decides that it is against their terms of service. With wordpress.org you can choose your own hosting, you can customise it by choosing powerful themes and plugins, and if you want to you can monetise the website.

Learning curve

 

Author website

If all this is new to you there will be at first a steep learning curve but despite this, you can easily learn to build a website yourself and manage it yourself.

Start out by learning the basics, build a simple website,  and get it up and running. That’s all you have to do.

I did, and I’m not a techie type person.

How do you start?

  1. If money is no issue you can hire a web developer which means you’ll be investing anywhere from $500 to thousands of dollars.
  2. You can hire a low budget web developer on Fiverr
  3. If you are the techie type you can DIY
  4. If you want to learn yourself enroll in a course
  5. Find a mentor who can guide you

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