Good morning story Empire readers, PH here with you today and wishing you a good week. We are already well into the year and before we know it summer will be upon us and the last half of the year after that. It seems like things move very quickly these days and that’s because we tend to stay so busy we rarely stop to look around – at least until recent months. Looking ahead with a plan is how I want to operate as a writer but it’s easy to bog down in overwhelming details and see the way forward is important. One of the ways that I trying to clear more time to write and relax this year is by working ahead. It’s like seeing through binoculars.
Believe it or not, this is one of the last blogs I’ll write this year. No, I’m not leaving Story Empire or going on a break from writing posts. Instead, I’ve worked well ahead of the schedule in an effort to finish my blogging for the year. No, this isn’t a brag about how much I’ve done, but more of a descriptive valuation for working ahead.
I’m like many other people and seem to often feel like a pinball, bouncing around from bumper to bumper. From early 2018 until about midway through 2019, I had some health problems that left me very low energy and I was getting little to nothing done each day. The exhaustion kept me from getting blog posts completed ahead of time, and I like to work ahead. Once I began feeling better, I dug my way out of the hole and it took some months, but things have been much better.
There’s also something to be said for a new year. With the coming of January, I endeavored to begin working more consistently with my writing. But there were a lot of other constraints and demands on my time, namely a very busy job and working on my marketing as well as blogging. I quickly determined that I needed to continue dictating and decided that doing anything was better than nothing. Soon I began composing posts ahead of schedule getting up to three drafts completed each day during my commutes.
I’m not just seeing the praises of dictation, but rather the value of working ahead. In coming to the close of my blogging year, I’m clearing out quite a lot of work to do and can begin focusing on other writing tasks for the rest of the year. Working that far ahead clears my mind and gives me the opportunity to work on my own blog campaign for the entire year as well. Likewise, I suddenly find that I have more head-space for content editing my current book and completing world building. One of the reasons is that I’m not concerned about certain tasks like blogging so much that I become worried and stuck. My vision for what I’m doing is far clearer by accomplishing so much with already this year.
The mind has a lot of required tasks that slowly begin to freeze up your ability to be productive. Working to complete some of those allows you to have more space to think and act so it’s good to complete as much as possible. For me, the ability to dictate blog posts well ahead of schedule creates a lot more margin in my day and allows me to arrive at a place where I don’t have to continually concern myself with those tasks. I will continue to dictate blog posts throughout the year, but those will simply put me further ahead into next year.
My goals for early in the year have been to complete blocks of planning and writing that are repetitive so that I can clear more time for working on my fiction. This means I’m finishing up all of my blog posts for Story Empire, and move onto my own site blogs and work to plan that ahead as much as possible. I won’t complete everything for my site because I’m leaving space for progress reports, but I can begin to write creative blog posts for my upcoming releases and at least have those drafts semi-prepared to post on a regular basis.
Beyond this blogging work, I can also plan my newsletter campaign for the entire year and even schedule those so that I don’t have much to worry about from this side of my writing. Some of those newsletter additions will require current input at various times as I release a book, but the more I’ve written ahead the easier that is to accomplish.
Additionally I can plan the marketing campaign for the rest of my year and easily schedule what I’m going to do for each month and accomplish these time consuming tasks. With dictation as a primary tool, I can accomplish a lot on my commutes that frees me up otherwise and clears all of those necessities for more consistent attention to my fiction. I can also planned for 2021 when it gets later in the year and complete those plans before the beginning or end of the year.
Dictation and working ahead for me go hand in hand and creates a sense of productivity like I’ve never been able to accomplish previously. Of course, good health and feeling energetic are also important to continuing to progressing consistently. Working ahead also gives me the opportunity to set things aside more regularly so that I don’t become exhausted which can also affect my health.
Now it’s your turn to weigh-in on the topic. What ways can you create margin in your life so that you don’t feel overworked? In what ways can you work ahead to also create more margin for completing your fiction writing?
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