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.
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Martin Richards is a teacher, a business communication trainer and a certified coach.