A thousand different projects vie for your attention. You sit down at the computer hoping to spit something, anything, out and work it til completion...but nothing comes. Why? There's a ton of ideas screaming for attention. Ah, but that is the problem right there.
The mind can only concentrate on so many things. For many people it must be leashed, directed, commanded. In order to do anything efficiently, it is best to at least know what you are trying to accomplish to begin with. This is where you, Oh Mighty Owner of Your Mind, need to lay down some rules!
It's easy enough to work your rear off if you know you have a deadline. The sad truth is that most of us honestly work better if we have a deadline. But what about your personal projects that you are doing for yourself? That novel of your heart that you want to write? That short story that popped in your head and plagues you day and night? Often these projects get left by the wayside because they have no way to force themselves into becoming reality.
Here are some handy rules for bringing those projects to life:
1: Create self-imposed deadlines for personal projects. Treat them as if they were deadlines given to you by the all important publisher.
2: Learn to line up your projects from most important to least important. If it was one of your New Year's resolutions to get published this year, finishing that novel really should go on the top of your 'to do' list.
3: You remember that handy planner I talked about last time? Yeah, it's useful for implementing when, and what, you are going to work on when you have time to write.
4: Recognize, and grab, opportunities to write when you see them. A five minute outline can help a novel catapult form a niggling idea into a full scale project.
5: You hear this all the time, but you hear just as many people whining that they can't. MAKE time to write. Often, it's not that people don't have the time, it's that they spend it unwisely. You know that 30 minutes you spent on Farmville? That was 30 minutes you could have been writing.
Remember too, all the tips in the world can't help you if you've no mind to enforce them yourself. As my mother always said, "You can't help those that won't help themselves". ~ D. F. Krieger