What Do You Need to Do Differently Right Now?

Once you decide to self-publish, you have taken on another group of tasks to do on a regular basis. Some you can farm out to others, some you’ll wind up doing yourself. But however you manage your work, you will be an entrepreneur–the person ultimately in charge of things getting done.

Sometimes the sheer number of tasks can overwhelm. That’s when many of us devolve into the lower right hand quadrant of time management. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram anyone?

I spent a lot of time reading and re-reading The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. It’s a simple, but powerful concept that can help focus your time management efforts. The authors present a question that presents an opportunity at both a micro level and a macro level. But before presenting the question, there are two other questions that bear examination:

  • What is your purpose for writing a book?
  • Where does it fit in your priorities of life (family, work, self-care, etc.)?

For some, a book is a life mission. For others, a piece of marketing collateral. What is your book–the one you are writing or promoting right now–to you?

Once you’ve sorted through that, you can apply the following question to your time management.

What one thing can I do such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?

Modify the question:

What one thing can I do by August 31 to finish my book such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?

What one thing can I do by August 31 to launch my book such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?

All you need to do now is answer it!

Possible answers can be as simple as “Write 1500 words a day,”  to more complex, such as “Shut down the nay-sayers in my life.” Whatever the answer is, it will be unique to you.
The more you work with this question, the more powerful it can become in your life.

Try it out. I’d love to know your results.

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