A public diary on how I'm beating procrastination and finally writing ( and publish) a book - Day 1
Ok here we go: I have never written a diary in my life but yesterday I announced on Instagram ( and Facebook) that I am finally getting on with writing THAT book that has been in my mind so long but I have procrastinated long enough that it now feels like War & Peace ( in my mind, I do have a fertile imagination).
I didn't just declare I am going to write a book but I also released the publishing date ( 22 September 2017)... now if I don't do it I am going to look like a p****. What possessed me to make such a public declaration? To quote Steve Harvey
" I got tired of being sick and tired....."
So I looked for people who have written books before in a short period of time and here I am. Why a short period of time? In the 4 Hour Work Week Tim Ferris
talks about Pareto Law ( the 80/20 rule) and the Parkinson's Law - “A task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion.” These two laws are synergistic: only do the 20% to shorten time, and shorten time so you focus on the 20%.
So with this principles in mind I looked amongst people who have done it before, but closer to home so to speak, real examples with real people and I liked Simon Coulson
( I have met him at The Business Show and been to one of his training workshop) who researched and wrote his first book in 60 hours ( around 2 weeks) and Matt Lloyd
( MOBE). I particularly like 2 examples from Matt on how he produced his first information product and then how he wrote his book Limitless ( his podcast about procrastination and holding yourself accountable is brilliant); so what did he do?
He declared to the world and put out for sale a 7 days webinar , with dates, but wait.... without having written a slide. The webinar started selling like crazy and he found himself writing the slides for the first day 1 hour before the webinar was meant to go live ( Parkinson's law in action) and the same happened each night. At the end of the 7 days, voila , he had his first information product ready.
Even better, when he wanted to write his book, he booked himself in an hotel for a weekend, asked for NO WiFi, and wrote for 30 hours straight in 1 hour batches and that's how Limitless was born.
I found that I operate the same, when deadlines are looming, that's where I produce my best and effortless work, if I have more time I'm bored. The Law of Attraction says that when inspiration strikes you need to follow it and I did; I booked a weekend in an hotel in London and doing "a Matt". Sounds crazy as I live in London but, you know how it is, at home there are endless interruptions, distractions and coffee after coffee the day has gone by and you have written NOTHING.
Today is the first day of this "Publishing Diary" from the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel
( review coming out soon) and feeling very much like a writer ( don't laugh...) and will continue and record this journey of writing and publishing my first book up to launch day . Follow me and comment/feedback/like/share, your help is very much appreciated :-)
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