Last summer I wrote and published a book. It was something I’ve always wanted to do, but thought I would never manage. There are just too many small projects in my life to attempt a large one like writing a book.
Writing the book was an interesting process from many angles, but what was interesting was the fact that when I told people what I was doing, many people gave the same reply. “I would love to write a book, but…” They realized they had a story in them that wanted to be written, but there was a reason why it never would be. Usually they were too busy with the other things in their life to dedicate time to writing a book.
My children are homeschooled and the school year is very busy, but in the summer they do summer camps and that is when I have the most free time. Before the summer started I blocked off 3 weeks that would be dedicated to my book. Instead of doing the multiple mom type jobs, for those 3 weeks I did nothing but write and publish my book. I was doing a major project and that alone.
Now, my children are teens and pre-teens and I made sure they were looked after (I wouldn’t have done this when they were younger), but they knew I was writing the book I had wanted for a long time to write. As far as possible I did nothing but writing for 3 solid weeks.
While my book project has been on my list for a long time, it was only when I made it my number one and only that it finally came together. The fact that those particular dates were reserved for the book and nothing else meant the book was started – and finished in the time allotted.
Maybe you don’t want to write a book, but want to paint a room, research a major purchase or do something else you have been putting off for a long time. The key is to schedule your time and then do nothing but that one task during the scheduled time.
Here is the book I wrote:
Homeschooling Boys - Gaining Maximum Success from Minimum Cooperation