I am massively relieved at having completed the first draft of Brilliant Time Management on time – how could I hold my head up otherwise?
In fact, this was far from easy.ï¿½ I committed to a tight deadline, to ensure that the book has the best chance of appearing before the end of the year, and then had to deal with a sudden death in the family mid-way.ï¿½ So what time management tips did I learn on the way:
- A supportive family
Without my wife’s support, I could not have coped with everything and still got this done on time
I had prepared carefully, sketching out the contents of each chapter and the broad through line that would connect my ideas.ï¿½ Writing became a matter of the discipline to get those ideas onto paper.
There were mornings when I would have rather done nothing.ï¿½ Making progress a priority got me through them.
- Monitoring progress
By counting words at the end of each writing session, and checking them off against my publisher’s 40,000 word specification, gave me a real sense of progress – and therefore achievement.ï¿½ We are all motivated by achievement, so I focused on the proportion of work done; rather than the work to do.
- Use my Golden Hour
For me, the best time to think clearly and work effectively is first thing in the morning.ï¿½ Much as I hate getting up early, I do love the feeling of being up early.ï¿½ Breakfast-shower-write.ï¿½ I can get a lot done between 5am and 9am.ï¿½ And one thing I never did, was open my email programme before completing a good chunk of writing.