There are many things that can get in your way whether its outright time wasters, genuine emergencies or a young family just to name a few. There is always something to take you away from writing or some other thing that you have set your mind on doing. We have good reasons and even better intentions, but a year down the track where do you want to be in life? Not just financially but spiritually, emotionally, socially, fitness and health wise? I heard it said and I don’t remember the source, it’s not original, that ‘if you haven’t changed in a year it’s because you haven’t read enough good books.’ Books do change you.
The perfect time to do the things you love that will in turn get you to your goals is now.
Take time during the day to do that one thing that you wanted. It’s not a ‘reward’ it should be a way of life, whether it’s taking a walk along the beach, going to the gym, reading your novel or soaking in a bubble bath. Work that needs to be done will always be there, also organization is key. Getting up earlier than usual helps you get things out-of-the-way and delegate some of the responsibilities to other members of your household, team, etc.
Do your work at a specific time each day to get you to your goals, whatever time works best for you. As a writer I find that mornings are best, it’s general consensus that one is fresher and more alert. Don’t believe me? I challenge you to get a log book and do your own comparisons. Without delving into the popular yuppie, yippie, hippie hey whatever thoughts of the day. I don’t believe in night and day persons, it’s just a cop out for not having to get up in the mornings. Granted there are some who have completely valid reasons why they can’t function in the mornings. I’m not talking about people who have health issues, on medication, night shift workers or mothers with screaming babies, but for the general lot. I mention this because for a lot of years I used it as an excuse especially when there was something good on TV and I’m sure if you were honest you did too, but this is another story.
Thanks for reading Part I of my first post Living the Dream? I hope you will and continue to do what you know you were called to do.
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