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A Brief Intermission (Almost)

Hello to all my readers!

Recently I purchased a training course called Video Ranking Academy 2.0, which helps you learn how to optimize and rank on YouTube. Unlike a lot of similar course, I think this one is really going to do the trick.

However, here’s the catch: to make sure it DOES do the trick, I have to buckle down and focus. Therefore, I think I am going to take a break from blogging for a while. My goal is to wrap up any writing tasks that I have laid out before me, and then start hammering away at the VRA just as the New Year comes around. How’s THAT for a way to bring in the new year?

Actually, I am at 27 blogs once I publish this post. I don’t like that. Therefore, I think I will call it a night after 30. I like round numbers.

What are my writing tasks? Oh, let me count them:

  • Reformat 4 novels for Amazon
  • Reformat 10 poetry collections for Amazon
  • Make revisions to one of the Wing Chun books I wrote

Three lines’ worth of tasks? Might not sound like a lot, but believe me: it is! I need to dedicate every second that I can to knocking those out. This temporary absence is necessary, so that I can come back strong and be uninterrupted.

There will be 3 more posts before I hang up a “closed” sign, but I thought I would at least put up the notification that it’s coming.

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How Do I Cram It All In?

A lot of people praise me for how much I get done in a day. To me it’s no big feat because, after all, I just do it. However, I feel like maybe I should describe it to give some insight. Let’s say I want to do the following in a day:

  • Format a 30-page poetry collection so it appears to my liking on Amazon
  • Do 30 minutes of martial arts practice
  • Do a 50-minute cardio workout
  • Submit a novel to some book reviewer bloggers
  • Write a new blog on my author site *wink*

Let’s take this one item at a time.

FORMATTING POETRY: 30 pages. The work week is five days. (I base my approach on the work week because my kids come over on weekends, so I don’t even TOUCH this stuff.) Therefore, if I format 6 pages per day, I’d complete that collection by Friday.

MARTIAL ART PRACTICE: Nothing says I HAVE to do it all at once. I fit it into my day whenever I can, making sure to keep track of it in a log so I know I get 30 minutes.

CARDIO WORKOUT: Again, you don’t have to have a solid 50-minute block. I do it on my breaks and lunch at work. Fortunately, I have the kind of job where I can get away with that. I know not everyone has that luxury, but I can’t speak for what kind of job others have; I’m just trying to show how I personally get things done.

SUBMIT A NOVEL FOR REVIEW: I have a list of 630 websites that accept book review submissions. 630 is just too much to think about at once, so you know what I do? I submit to just 10 per day! MUCH easier to handle.

NEW BLOG ON AUTHOR SITE: Okay, I have to be honest that I screwed up on this item today. My usual approach is to write the blog BEFORE engaging in anything else. Today, I did the formatting and submitting first. Oops! Well, no one is perfect.

Now I have exposed my secret: breaking tasks down into manageable chunks.

I hope this serves as inspiration to anyone who struggles with procrastination.

 

~~~Steve