You are getting ready to write your book, and your Critic tells you that you should be doing something else.
Let's get straight to the point. Your Critic is right! You should be doing something else. Your time is already filled with chores that you have to do, people depend on you to do them. So what your Critic is really asking you to do is to make sure that you carry out all the chores. Say to your Critic, "Thanks for reminding me that I should be doing something else too. Help me remember what they are and when they need to be done."
One way to remind yourself about your chores is to write a Checklist for the days when you will be writing. And add to that list the time you will spend writing. Perhaps certain chores can wait a day or two? Perhaps you can get certain chores done in less time than usual? Some days lend themselves to a reshuffle of chores, some days do not.
Chores are Opportunities
You can also turn the chores into an opportunity to continue writing. What's that? Every chore needs some of your attention, but not all of it. Yes, I'm talking about a kind of multi-tasking. For example, chores like cooking and washing-up can give you the perfect time to reflect, ponder, wonder, visualise, taste the success, smell the victory of having written your book. And all of those actions contribute in a positive way to the successful completion of your book in the time you allow.
Some years ago, I wrote a book. It was a labour of love that took me months to complete. It was such a great feeling to hold my own book in my hands, to show it to my children, my friends and colleagues, and my mum.
In the middle of retelling this story to a coach colleague, he asked me, "When is your next book coming out?"
Coaches! I told him that it was too much work to write another book.
So he countered with, "What do you need to reduce the amount of work?"
Coaches - ha! My request was for a personal secretary who would write down my thoughts on paper.
My colleague took out his phone, selected an app and said "Speak". I spoke. And the app wrote my words, in text on the screen. My colleague then sent me the text in an e-mail. "OK?" my coach asked, "so when is your next book coming out?"
Coaches!?!? What to do? Write the book, of course.
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Martin Richards is a teacher, a business communication trainer and a certified coach.