Does writing an eBook seem like a mountain to climb? Perhaps you’ve been planning to write one but struggling to find time to get it done? Or maybe someone’s suggested you really should write an eBook, but you’ve discounted it as an impossibility. After all, you’ve got all that other stuff to do – how on earth can you find time to write a book?!
The very thought of a big project like ‘writing a book’ can be overwhelming. But that’s the problem – ‘the thought of it’. One of the things that happens when you contemplate this seemingly mammoth task is this: you start to focus on all your other commitments. You can begin to feel completely overloaded. And creating an eBook just seems like one big task too many on top of everything else.
Let’s face it, there just aren’t enough hours in the day, are there? There’s only so much a person can do. So how can you be expected to do even more when you simply don’t haveany more time to spare?
It might surprise you to discover that you don’t actually needany more time to get your eBook written – as Jim Edwards explains in the video below…..
Finding the Time to Write Your eBook
The reason you don’t need any more time to write your eBook is that you probably have plenty of time – but you’re almost certainly wasting a lot of it on what Jim Edwards refers to as ‘zombie’ activities. These are the things you do that don’t really enhance your life or help build your business – even though they may make you feel very ‘busy’!
- THE FIRST STEP IS TO FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME.Spend a few days systematically tracking exactly how much time you spend on what Jim refers to as ‘zombie’ activities, such as……
- WATCHING TV: It’s sad but true that most of us watch around 2-4 hours of TV a day. For example, how often do you watch the 24 hour rolling news – listening to the same stories, watching the same newsreel, over and over again? What about those soaps, talent contests or reality TV shows? How much time do you spend in front of the box each day?
- READING ‘JUNK’:Now I’m the last person to discourage you from reading – writers need to read. But is all your reading really worthwhile? Do you waste time reading trashy stuff, either on or offline, that’s not exactly feeding your mind? When you spend a lot of time online, it’s easy to get drawn into reading all sorts of rubbish. How much time do you spend reading poor quality material you could easily live without?
- SOCIAL MEDIA:Many of us now spend up to4 HOURSa day on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. And before you start protesting that this is essential networking, be honest – is everything you get up to on Facebook and Twitter really helping to build your business? I doubt it! Social media’s fantastic, but it’s very addictive and one of the greatest thieves of time. How much of your time does it steal?
- CHECKING YOUR EMAILS:Jim doesn’t mention this one, but I think it’s a biggie. It’s amazing how much time you can spend checking and re-checking your emails, and maybe following links in them to tempting offers……. Check how much time you’re spending going through your inbox – you might be surprised to find how many hours it eats up.
- THE NEXT STEP IS TO CUT OUT SOME OF THESE UNPRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES. This is the difficult bit – you need to be honest with yourself here – and self-disciplined! Make a conscious decision to:
- CUT OUT SOME TV – Be honest, are you sure it’s all ‘essential’ viewing? If you can give up just an hour a day, that’s a whole lot of time you can put towards writing your book!
- STOP READING SO MUCH TRASH– Don’t stop reading the good stuff, including high quality blog posts online. But if you spend a lot of time ‘grazing’ on trashy reading matter – gossip columns, aimless web surfing or browsing through magazines – steal back a bit of this time to get working on your own book.
- LIMIT YOUR TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES– If you’re heavily into Facebook, Twitter and the like, this is a potentialgoldmine of time – it will take some grit and determination, particularly if you’re a bit of a social media junkie, but you could free up hours of precious time this way.
- RESTRICT THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPEND GOING THROUGH YOUR INBOX:The best way to deal with this little time thief is to allocate a certain window of time each day to go through your emails – and that’s it! Don’t keep going back to them over and over again – that’s how they can end up devouring so much of your time.
If you can just cut out 1-2 hours of these activities each day, that’s 7-14 hours a week to get to work on your book! Even if you only gave up half an hour of TV each day and half an hour on social media sites, that’s 7 whole hours a week you’ve got to spare!
And if it seems like a high price to pay, just think about the potential pay-off. Getting your eBook written is a solid piece of work that’s going to contribute to your business – moving you closer to your goal of financial freedom. When you’ve achieved that, you’ll have plenty of time to watch TV!
So you don’t need anymoretime – you just need to cut out some superfluous activities and dedicate a few of those stolen hours to writing your eBook. And the joy and sense of achievement you’ll feel when your eBook’s written and published will be worth a few Facebook Likes and Tweets – just you wait and see!