Today I tried printing out my book again. Got almost to the end and there was a paper jam. This would not be so bad except that I was printing it as a booklet – so one jam means all the rest of the pages are off. If I was pessimistic (which at the moment I am) I would say this is exactly how the whole book project is going. What shall I serve at my pity party?
I really need to work on doing little things every single day. I know over time it’s the little things done consistently that make the difference. It was like when I was practicing the piano and my teacher would tell me that practicing a little every day was much better than one giant make-up session the day before the lesson.
So what are the “little” things I should be doing? Hmmmm.
- Review at least 1 book promotion site a day (so that I will know which ones to use for the book launch)
- Connect with at least 1 person on Twitter every day (so I make some friends!)
- Edit book at least 1 hour a day (so the book gets done!)
- Send out this post every day
- Make a John Kremer meme every day
The panic feelings settle in when I have all these “should be doing” thoughts swirling around my head like mosquitoes. Not so big they are catastrophic but annoying enough that I spend way too much time trying to slap at them. I think if I could see that over time I am actually making slow but steady progress I would feel calmer.
In order for that to happen I need to be crystal clear on what to do every single day. And make each thing very, very simple and easy so that I do them even on days that are more topsy-turvy than others.
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