Tugs at your soul, doesn’t it?
You love to write. You always have.
But honestly — who has the time?
Not only do you have a job and family and friends, but there are a gazillion tiny distractions popping up on your cell phone 24 hours a day, all interesting, all seemingly important, all keeping you from what you were born to do:
The good news?
2017 is your year. This year, you’re going to make it happen.
Put Your Ass in That Chair
Having the time to write, and using that time to write, are two very different things.
In fact, many people who perceive that they have too little time actually just fail to take advantage of spare time when the opportunity arises.
It doesn’t matter how much time you find for writing if you can’t consistently get your ass in that chair.
So use the following resources to help you to win the motivation game:
Set a Blazing Fire in Your Belly
An inspiring goal will cut through procrastination and bullshit like a hot knife through butter.
You’ll wake excited to work. Time will magically appear in your calendar. And finding focus when you sit down to write will be easier than ever.
Conversely, writing time without a clear goal easily becomes wasted time. It’s the writer’s version of busywork — it looks and feels like writing but produces little of value.
The following resources will show you how to create goals that make finding writing time a cinch:
Feed the Body to Fuel the Brain
How often have you had the time to write or start a blog post, but didn’t take advantage of it? Maybe you didn’t feel like writing. You weren’t in the mood for it. It happens sometimes, right?
Well, you can blame it on an absent muse or just accept that your mind doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Your physical state affects your mental state. The body is the vessel for the mind.
If your body feels tired and sluggish, your brain is unlikely to produce its best work. (Which is another great reason for getting up early to write.)
Use these resources to help your body support a focused, creative mind:
Stop Saying “Yes” to Every Damn Thing
Let’s face it, many of the tasks and responsibilities that squeeze your writing time get put on your plate by someone else.
And that’s fine — unless you only said “yes” because you couldn’t find a nice way to say “no.”
Because here’s the thing, tasks you begrudge don’t just steal time from your writing, they sap your mojo too.
If you’re serious about finding more time to write, you’ll need to retrain your inner people-pleaser to be less of a pushover and more of an asshole.
Check out these resources to discover how to say “no” without burning too many bridges:
Go Over to the Dark Side
There’s something magical about starting your work in those dark, early hours when few others are awake.
In fact, getting up early to write feels like unlocking a secret level in your favorite video game. Once you’ve done it, you can’t believe you didn’t discover it sooner.
Not only that, but your writing benefits from a well-rested brain, which does wonders for your focus and creativity. And when the session is over you can start your normal routine smug in the knowledge that you have already met your writing quota for the day.
The following resources will help you release your inner morning person:
Embrace the Drudgery
There is tremendous power in repetition.
Writing habits, routines, and rituals — all create working patterns that make success almost inevitable.
Make yourself a slave to the routine, and the results will follow — or so the theory goes. But many writers can attest to the power of repeated effort marshaled in the right direction.
Of course, you need to repeat the right things — and what works for you may not work for others.
But if you use the following resources to create — or inspire — your habits and routines, you’ll create a system for success:
Tie Yourself to the Mast
If you’ve ever tried to stick to a regular exercise routine, you’ll know that getting yourself to the gym is the hardest part. Once there you do the work because, well frankly, hanging around a gym and not exercising is a little creepy.
It’s the same for writers. If you have a dedicated space for your writing, you’ll find it much easier to write once you’re there. (And your brain will start to associate the location with writing, making it quicker to get in the zone.)
That’s why you need to find a place where not writing is harder than writing.
The following resources will help you find your perfect writing spot:
Get Your Other Sh*t Done Quicker
If you really have no space for writing in a typical day, you only have one option.
You need to get your other work done quicker.
Counterintuitive, right? To get more writing done, you need to get better at the non-writing stuff.
Because it’s a zero sum game — less time spent on everything else means more time for writing.
So if you’ve shunned personal productivity in the past, now’s the time to get your house in order.
Check out these resources to discover how to do it:
Let’s Make This Your Best Writing Year Yet
Can you feel it yet?
The gentle pull of destiny.
And the more time you spend on your craft, the stronger that pull becomes.
It knows you have something important to say.
It yearns for you to put your ideas out into the world.
It demands that you start taking action.
Just remember, 2017 is your year.
And you now have all the resources you need to succeed.
So, are you ready to make it happen?