I love love love this idea of 5 daily habits that allow you to make steady progress toward your writing goals. Thanks to Elke Feuer for the post. Elke is a former student of mine (No Matter How Busy You Are, You Can Find TIME TO WRITE) and recently got her first publishing contract! Go Elke!
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What’s your daily five?
At the beginning of each year I excitedly create the goals I plan to accomplish. I pulse with excitement as I imagine each one coming to fruition. It’s a great feeling. Then it happens. You know what I’m talking about. Reality sets in. You see the long list of tasks you have to do to make those dreams come true and they’re added to your already long list. By the start of March (or sometimes sooner) you run out of steam and don’t accomplish half of what you wanted to. Another year goes by and you’re right where you don’t want to be. No step closer to your goals and dreams.
Just recently, I subscribed to Success Magazine which comes with a bonus audio CD with every issue. One of the main points I got from listening to one CD was creating a daily five list to help you reach your goals. These are five daily habits that take you one step closer to any and all goals you want to reach.
What makes the daily five different from anything I’ve done before is you chose beliefs that are important to how you live out your daily (in my case writing) life. For example, mine are:
I love being part of my writing communities. They embrace with me so much love, support, and encouragement, something I missed out on growing up where I live. Writing can be a very lonely profession and the connections I made encouraged me and I want to do the same for other aspiring writers. Encouraging people to follow their dreams and reach for the stars is important to me and the reason why it’s number one on my list. I do this through my blog, a tweet/retweet and Facebook posts.
2. Study and File
Growth and personal improvement are essential to me and my livelihood as a writer, so I study (reading books, and articles, blogs, etc.) daily and file them away for future reference. I also attend online classes that improve my craft as a writer. The filing is equally important because let’s face it, how many times do we read about a useful topic that we can’t find when we really need it.
“Who wants to be the richest millionaire in the graveyard?” That was a quote from the Success audio CD and also applies to writers. This means doing something good for me whether it’s exercise, a home facial, bubble bath, or going for a massage. Relaxing is important. It recharges us and makes the things we have to do an easier pill to swallow, not to mention we get our best ideas when our brains go into alpha mode.
This is a difficult one for me as my personality is not naturally that of a sales person, but I’m quickly realizing that it’s something I have to do if I’m going to get my name out there and have a long writing career. Maybe one day I’ll be fortunate enough to have someone doing that for me, but for now it’s got to be me. Besides, no one is more qualified (or as excited) about your book as you are. The key is to find a platform or platforms that fit your needs and personality and that you feel comfortable using. I’m still looking for mine.
Writers write! There’s no getting around that one folks. My stories aren’t going to write themselves or get on the bookshelves if I don’t write them. Writing every day for me means working on my WIP in one form or another, whether it’s plotting, character and setting sketches, brainstorming a book blurb, or finding ideas for the book cover. It’s anything that gets me one step closer to finishing my book and submitting it. To paraphrase Kelly, “If it’s important to you, you make time for it.”
The best part about these daily fives is they can be applied to personal goals. They can be used to accomplish any goal that you set for yourself since they are part of your everyday life. They can be the compass that charts you destinations.
Take a moment and jot down the things most important to you. If you had to pick your daily five, what would they be?
BIO: Elke Feuer stumbled into writing suspense, and to her surprise found she enjoyed it, along with writing about serial killers. She’s fascinated by them, and what motivates them to kill. She writes time travel, historical, and contemporary novels to even out her dark side. She’s currently writing her first mystery series set in Grand Cayman where she lives with her husband and two awesome kids.
Reading, spending time with her family, encouraging aspiring writers and meeting people is her joy. Writing is her passion. Visit Elke at http://elkefeuer.com/ to find out more about her.