It's been two weeks since I got back from Toronto, where spent a few days coming up with a plan to help my efforts to both get more done and downsize.
The plan was to...
- Start at 8am
- Follow Daily Morning Routine of Yoga and Meditation
- Have a Healthy Breakfast
- Write on New Book for 60 Minutes
- Check Email for 30 Minutes
- Take a Break and Eat Lunch
- Hit the Gym
- Finish Open Projects*
- Shut Everything Down by Midnight
*Open projects currently include editing already written manuscripts, marketing stuff (big ideas) for projects that we're currently developing, checking in with project managers, finish producing about 12 audio books we have in the works, and about 12-15 other things, which all involve creative marketing related tasks like writing sales copy and slogans.
How it is coming? Glad you asked!
I've done pretty well about staying on task for continuing to develop our passive streams of income. I'm great when it comes to getting most things done (even if it's eventually) as well as the "big picture" stuff that I can outsource to other people on the team.
Where I fail is actually sitting down to do "important" work, which right now is the book I'm currently writing. That has taken a lot of focus as well as energy, which is one of the reasons I have breaks built on throughout my day.
Obviously there is some procrastination on this particular project and I think it has a lot to do with how important it is. I wouldn't say that there is a lot riding on it, because I'll be fine with or without another successful book, but in many ways, this is the most important book I've ever written, because it's going to contain a good chunk of what I've learned from working in the music business since 1995 and what I feel will allow musicians to prosper in the current environment, which most consider to be very crazy. Plus, there are a lot of people waiting on it.
You would think that knowing a lot of people want what you've got would make a project more exciting to create, but even thought I'm not somebody who feels a lot of pressure regarding most business things, I'm finding that the pressure has affected me more than I would have imagined.
So here is what I'm doing...
I'm focusing on writing daily, putting in as much time as I'm able to give my "best" work, and basically ignoring the release schedule I set for myself. Probably the biggest reason I've had any success with business has been my ability to consistently take little actions, which added up to bigger actions.
Is the writing always great? I'm so close to the project that it's tough to tell, but probably not. Am not worrying about that though. I'll have editors to help me piece everything together. May hire a ghostwriter to tighten things up as well.
The important thing for me is to keep going, trusting that the process will get me the results I want.