August 9, 2022
Note From Rochelle
I am back in the office and excited for a new fall of working to help you achieve your dreams!
Today’s tip is the second in our series on how to overcome distractions and focus on your writing!
Rochelle, the Write Now! Coach
How to Focus: Schedule Everything
The most successful people schedule their days. They know what they want to achieve and schedule their tasks so that they can reach their goals. In Peter Bregman’s book, 18 Minutes he quoted a study of two groups of recovering addicts who were asked to write an essay before 5 PM on a certain day. The first group was given no more instructions. The second group was asked to decide when and where they would write it. No one in the first group completed the essay but 80 percent of the people who scheduled their when and where finished the essay.
Try this. You’ve mapped your energy and know when you write best. You also know when you do everything else well. No doubt, you know what you need to do to reach your goals. Now schedule those tasks in your calendar.
Pro Tip: Cluster tasks. Instead of switching between your many tasks, cluster like tasks together and schedule everything. So instead of switching between writing and social media every five minutes, set aside time each day to attend to each of your tasks, including writing, email, social media, and more. That way, you’ll still get to everything, but you will not have to rapidly switch between tasks throughout the day.