When we can’t find the time
There will always be a new thing getting in your way of writing a book. A project or opportunity will appear, or something unexpected will crop up.
So how do we find time?
It’s all about making a decision and a commitment and then having the discipline to follow through on that.
When you think about it, we always find time to do the things that are important to us, and the things that we love. People find time to binge watch entire seasons of shows on Netflix or from a work perspective, I had a client who was fantastic, doing a great job with her book, but over time it sort of slowed down a little bit. She did less and less each week and I finally said to her, “I really feel like as much as I’m touching base and really encouraging you, you’re really starting to take your foot off the gas with this.”
(That was a very American expression, wasn’t it for an Aussie to say we don’t say ‘gas’.)
She said, “I don’t have time.” But when we talked about what was going on for her, she was actually starting to pivot in her business and had started studying hypnosis, which she was really interested in and wanted to include in her practice… She was spending hours a day researching this new area she wanted to work in and how interesting it was and some of the things she’d found out.
I said, “You do realise what you’ve just told me? That’s where your time has gone. You’ve found this new thing you’re really, really enthusiastic about and that’s absorbing the time that used to be your book writing time…”
This happens; sometimes things change or we pivot what we want to do and that’s why the book was failing to get written.
It wasn’t about the time; it was about the commitment and the enthusiasm for doing that. Her commitment had shifted to the new thing that she wanted to study and rightfully so.
With this as an example, it’s about recognising what’s really going on going on. If you are committed to something, you will generally find the time and the enthusiasm to keep working on it.
So when it comes to your book, how committed are you really?