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The Productive Writer: How to Create & Protect Your Writing Time When Life is Hectic

Kassandra Vaughn-Worsley, Author. Speaker. Mindset Coach.

The Productive Writer: How to Create & Protect Your Writing Time When Life is Hectic

Kassandra Vaughn-Worsley, Author. Speaker. Mindset Coach.

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15 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What's Keeping You From Writing?

    • 3. Is Being a Productive Writer Doable When Life is Hectic?

    • 4. The 5 Keys to Being Overscheduled and Still Productive

    • 5. How to Set Healthy Writing Boundaries

    • 6. The One Thing You Need to Know Before You Apply These Strategies

    • 7. Strategy #1

    • 8. Strategy #2

    • 9. Strategy #3

    • 10. Strategy #4

    • 11. Strategy #5

    • 12. Strategy #6

    • 13. Strategy #7

    • 14. Final Thoughts

    • 15. Class Project

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About This Class

Join author and YouTuber Kassandra Vaughn for a class that will teach you how to create and protect your writing time when life is hectic. 

It may not feel like you have time to write your book.  You might be looking at your life and saying to yourself, "I barely have time to sleep.  How am I going to find time to write!"  You CAN become a productive writer, no matter how hectic your life is.  The key is learning how to create and protect your writing time, especially when life is hectic. 

By the end of this class, you’ll learn how to create and protect your writing time. 

In this course, you’re going to learn:

  • the 5 keys to being overscheduled and still productive
  • how to set healthy writing boundaries 
  • the ONE thing you need to know before you apply these strategies 
  • 7 strategies you can use to create and protect your writing time when life is hectic 

Remember that watching the video series is not enough.  To get your best results, you'll want to take action on everything you're learning in this course.  

Enroll now and learn how to become a productive writer, even when life is hectic! 

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Kassandra Vaughn-Worsley

Author. Speaker. Mindset Coach.



I’m an author, speaker, and transformation catalyst.  I've written 27+ books that you can find on Amazon at  I coach women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s on one thing that’s everything: rebuilding their minds so they can redesign their lives and re-establish their powerful sense of self worth.  When it comes to mindset (and how to level up yours), I’m both student and teacher, master and novice, devoted follower and rebellious skeptic. I firmly believe and teach that when you change your mind, you change your life… BUT… the key isn’t to change your mind once; it’s to do the persistent, consistent work of keeping your mind changed forever… and that’s where ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Have you ever found yourself in a place where you've thought, I want to write this book. You get this amazing idea for a book and you say, I so want to write this book, but my life is crazy. My life is hectic. When am I going to find time to write a book? I barely have time to sleep. When am I going to find time to write a book? Have you ever thought about that, how crazy life can be and how hectic and you can barely find diamond sleep. But how are you going to find the hours every single day to write a whole book? As a writer, I think we've all been there. And so this course, which is called the productive writer, how to create and protect your writing time when life is hectic is for you. If you found yourself saying, I want to write, but I don't have time to write. To unfamiliar. Yes, we have all done it as writers. I'm Cassandra Vaughan. I am your teacher for this course. I have written over 27 books on various topics like finding your fire, owning your life, living your best life, and of course, how to get over the fear of writing your first eBook. You can find all my books at overcoming fear on Amazon, overcoming fear will take you straight to my Amazon profile. And having written 27 books, I can tell you one thing. I don't think I've ever written a book where my life wasn't hectic as it lovely to loca, where I didn't have to figure out how to live my life and still be a productive writer. So you're in good hands in this course. In this course we're gonna talk about the strategies, the tools and techniques that you're going to use to not need your life to change or need it to calm down. Before you do the work you've been called to do, which is write your book. So welcome to the course. If you have not signed up for the course yet, sign-up for it, you're going to learn how to become not only productive as a writer, but a prolific writer. So I invite you to join me. I look forward to seeing you in the course. 2. What's Keeping You From Writing?: In this module, I want to help you answer a question. And the question is this, what's keeping you from writing? One of my favorite quotes is from Tom billionaire of Impact Theory and tumble. You says the following. The sinister thing about excuses is they're valid. Let me say that he got the sinister thing about excuses is they're valid. And so I want you to really ask yourself the question. I mean, this course is, is above and beyond all else. A mindset course for writers. And one of the mindset, the things that we've got to change if we're going to write and publish and, and be prolific with our writing is this idea that I'm just waiting for life to get calm. I'm waiting to have more time. I need more of this or more of that in order to be a writer. And the reality is, is there are some things that are keeping you from writing. And the only one who can solve that, not more time, not more money, not more support is U. It's a mindset thing. So what is keeping you from writing when you think about it? Is it your work schedule? Is it the fact that you have young children and you can't get a moment to yourself. You get five minutes of the bathroom, let alone a moment to yourself to think, Is it caring for an elderly parent and all of your time when you're not at your day job is spent caring for them and therefore, you just don't even have the energy to sit at your laptop and write. What is keeping you from writing? Because the reality is as excuses are, are valid a lot of the time. And so we're not saying that the reasons why you say you don't have time to write your working two jobs or three jobs just to make ends meet, you are dealing with a really crappy marriage right now and every day is a struggle. You have teenagers, you know, we always think babies or the one that, the ones that take a bowl over time. And sometimes you have teenagers, adults, children back in your home and you're going I am so emotionally spent from trying to raise my adult children, but that I don't know. I can't sit down right. What I want you to do. And here's the exercises. I want you to pull out a notebook, USA journal for this course. And I want you to start out by writing the answer to this question. What is keeping me from writing? What is keeping me from writing and write all the list of all the thing that right now you fill in your life is keeping you from writing because I'll guarantee you one thing. The list might be long. They, those things may be very real in your life. And yes, they may take up a lot of your time. But there's a solution to each and every one of the things that you're about to write down. But the first thing we've got to do is create awareness. You can't tackle a problem you don't know exist. So first things first, write a list of all of your writing obstacles, although things you feel are keeping you from writing. And then let's continue in this course. Let's go the next module. 3. Is Being a Productive Writer Doable When Life is Hectic?: So whenever we're working on mindset, their self-doubt is going to creep in whenever we're trying to change the paradigms that we have or hold or the perspectives that we're taking on issues. The first thing you're going to start to hear as your inner critic. And so I want to deal with your inner critic, or early in the scores. You might be thinking, your inner critic might be raging and asking this question, is, being a productive writer even doable when your life is hectic? Like you might be saying yourself, because Andra, You don't know my life. You don't know how little I sleep. You don't know how many hours I worked. You don't know what's going on my life. So is this even a doable concept when right now my life is kinda levied. A loca is being a productive, right? Or even doable when life is hectic. My answer to you is yes. It is doable. Yes. No matter how hectic, no matter how little you sleep, that's a whole other cores that we'd need to tackle about your sleep. But we won't, we won't go there in this course. But yes, it is doable. Now, in order for you to be a productive writer when life is very hectic, we've gotta have solid time management in place and we've gotta have solid priority management in place. Which means there are lots of things that I've taught. Other courses that you're really going to need to get really focused, consistent on. For example, you need to know how long it takes you write 500 words. You need to time yourself in genome along it's gonna take you because that is going to set up every word count goal you set for your writing. It is going to set up realistic goals every week about how much writing you'll get done given how little time you probably have. If your life is hectic, you've gotta know those baseline measurements. So right there, that's a priority management thing. From a time management perspective. You've also got to know how long it takes you to do the things that you do in your life? I'm sure most people never time like, how long does it take to get my kids to school? How long does it take me to get ready for work? How, you know, how many hours do I actually work a week? Like I'm getting paid for 40, but do I work 50 to 60? Dork 73 for a month stray or you timing how many hours you actually work. So you know, how long it takes, how long does it take you to make dinner? How long does it take you to make breakfast? How long does it take you to dig a shower to p, like there are so many things in time management that we never factor into our day. And then we wonder why all of our time is being taken up. So I want you to know, is it possible to be a productive writer when your life is super hectic? Absolutely, totally possible. However, you've got to be realistic and yet ambitious and focused and consistent with what you deliver to your writing. For example, you might want to write 20 hours a week. That may be your pyjamas sky goal, 20 hours a week. And when you actually look at your life, when you actually measure and get a baseline measurement of where you put your 24 hours in a day, seven days a week for a month. So you can really see what you're doing every single day. You might say to yourself, my life so crazy that I don't have 20 hours a week to give to writing. I've two of two hours. You know what, that's good. We'll start with to do two hours a week until life clears up a little bit. Then you can do three, and then you can do five, and then you could do ten. Most people overshoot and under deliver rather than under promise and over-deliver to themselves. So what I want you to do is really understand, yes, it is completely possible to be a productive writer when your life is very hectic. But you've gotta be realistic, focused, and consistent. And to do that, you need really solid time and priority management. And how can you get those skills? Can you build time and priority management skills? Yes, you can. Can you manage yourself like you manage a project? Yes, you can. You just gotta decide that. That's exactly what you're gonna do. No more pie in the sky goals that you've no idea how you're gonna meet. Realistic, practical, consistent. Because you know the writers who are successful in the long-term, they aren't necessarily the most creative people. They aren't necessarily the most gifted writers. You know, the writers who, who make it long-term, they're consistent, not creative, not the most brilliant lead talented writers. They're consistent and consistency can be learned. So if you're, if you're self-doubt is raging and you're going I don't know if I can do this. I'm just here to tell you, yes, you can. And we're gonna do this in this course. But it requires being realistic. And it requires knowing where your time is being spent. And Norway, you can squeeze some time and for writing which you have, no matter how crazy your life is. So yes, you can do this, you will do this. Let's get to the next module. 4. The 5 Keys to Being Overscheduled and Still Productive: Okay, so let's talk about the five keys to being over scheduled and still being productive. Key number one is get decent sleep. Notice I didn't say perfect sleep. Next, I didn't say eight hours of sleep a night. Everybody's body clock is different. You know, the minimum viable amount of sleep that you need to function. And so when I say good, decent sleep, that means there is no creativity if you are operating on less sleep than you absolutely need. And at the same time, there's tons of creativity, even if you're not sleeping eight hours a night. So I know, you know this, whatever your minimum number of hours of sleep are for me, it's six. Like if I get five hours, I am lethargic, I'm slow, my creativity is sapped. I can sit and maybe do research for my book, but writing is not happening if I'm on less than six hours, six hours Hermes, the sweet spot now seven is the best. A, I'm exhausted, but I know that I cannot do less than six if I'm going to wake up the next morning and spent two hours writing. So what is your minimum viable amount of sleep that you need your MVC s In order for you to be able to produce too, right? And find ways to get it. It's not only important from a writing perspective, I'm not gonna go into the neuroscience of it, but let me just tell you, there are two things that are going to really hurt your brain's ability to work in your life. One is a lack of water, to drink lots of water, until it was a lack of sleep. Those things will cause all kinds of havoc in your brain that you simply do not want. So not even just from a writing perspective, from a health perspective. Here's the bottom line. Key number one, to being over-scheduled and still being productive is to get decent sleep and, you know how many hours that is for you. Find a way to get it in. Alright, let's talk about key number two. Key number two is leverage time chunks. So if you've taken any of my other writing courses, you know that from a project management perspective, I am not a big fan of time chunks and ten chunks are 15 minutes here, ten minutes there, 20 minutes there, even five minutes, if that's all the writing can get in. I am not a huge fan of time chunks I prefer, especially because writer's block as a thing, if you have two to four hour writing blocks, that is the ideal. But when your life is living to look up, when things are chaotic, when your life is very hectic, when you have very little time, we're not dealing with the ideal situation. So the second key is to leverage time chunks. In other words, your life may be so hectic that two to four hours reading blocks don't happen. And we still need writing a happen. So since we still need ready to happen, what it means to leverage time blocks, which is time chunks, which is why it's a key is squeeze in 15 minutes at lunch. Squeeze in 15 minutes right after you brush your teeth when you wake up. Whatever, five minutes, two minutes. Just create space where if you maybe cook a quicker dinner, you get 20 minutes where you can write. If you wake up ten minutes earlier, you're still at six hours of sleep or five hours of sleep or whatever is your minimum viable amount of sleep. But you're still getting some kind of writing time inconsistently. It is a key because when life is less than ideal, you're not going to get an ideal writing blocks of two to four hours, but you can get in ten minutes here and there. You can wait for your kid while you're picking them up from school in the carpool. And you can audio speaker bookend for ten minutes. There are ways to get time in leveraging time chunks is the key to being able to do that consistently. So that is key number two. Key number three to being over-scheduled and still productive is this. Cut the water? Should a coulda out of yourself dialogue? Cut it up completely. Because the reality of the situation is that you can sit all day long and say to yourself, if only my life was like this, if only things were calmer, If only I wasn't stretched in five different directions. If only I wasn't a single parent, if you can do all the If only is that you want to. But at the end of the day, here's what's real. That's not your life. Your life is not ideal right now. So when you are over-scheduled, When you are pulled in many different directions, the wooded should have cookies are not going to help you because that's not reality. What is reality is this? This is your life. This may be your life for a very long season, for a very long time. Which means if you want to be a writer, you've gotta find out how to write in your current life exactly the way that it is. And if it never changes, if it never gets less over scheduled, you still have to find a way to write. So take Eckert, Togolese advice when he says in his book, decide then act. Except then act was when it occurred. Actually said accept and act. In other words, except that whatever is going on right now in your life, this is your life. This is the way it is. And since this is the way it is and there's no guarantee that it's ever going to be different. How do you create time to write in a schedule that has clearly over-scheduled? How can you still be productive as a writer? There is a way, but you resisting it. You going, but it should be different. Will not make it different, make it different. Find ways to work around the over-scheduled nature of your life. So except the noun as Eckert totally side, except that it is what it is. And make time to write, even if it's only five minutes. That is the next key. Key number for a simple, Do it before you ever think I'd do it before you ever think that, you know, you can sit and you can do the analysis paralysis thing and you can get into decision fatigue about, should I write today, should I not right today? Here's the thing. Do you know what a writer is? A writer is someone who writes. That's it. A writer, someone who writes. And so what I want you to focus on is not the quality of the writing that you're producing right now when your life is hectic and crazy, the most important thing you can do is develop the consistency of your writing habit, which means do it before you ever think. When you find five-minutes, write sit down and write for five minutes, 15 minutes, center, right, 50. Who cares if the writing is crap, your writing is kinda be crap until you write consistently enough to make it better over a long period of time. So the key here is do it before you overthinking. Because a writer is someone who writes. That is the key. Just right, forget about, is this high-quality with consistency. With practice. Over a long period of time, you will develop your writing skills. You'll become a better writer over time. But you will never become a better writer if you don't consistently, right? So this key is, Do it before you overthink it. The fifth key to being over-scheduled and stopping productive is this. Tie your writing to your future? In other words, you've got to find a way to make it a must and not a shed. Tony Robbins talks about this all the time. Should never get done, must always do. So. You've gotta turn your writing from a shed into a MST, which means if you look at your writing as a hobby, if you look at your writing as a Sunday goal or someday dream or maybe one day when I retire, maybe one day when I have more time, maybe next summer. If if you treat your writing like it's a hobby, that's all it's ever gonna be. So the key to being over-scheduled and still being productive as this, you've got to tie your writing to your future. You've gotta make it a must by saying, I'm going to be a full-time writer in the next five years. This is my source of income. This is my main source of income. This is going to create a legacy for my children's children's children. You gotta make it so serious for yourself that there, there's no way that writing is just something you can cast aside when a life continues to be hectic, it now becomes a non-negotiable in your life. So key number five is tie your writing to your future, to your family's well-being, to your ability to create financial freedom for them, to your ability to pay off your mortgage, to your ability to provide for grandchildren, for elderly parents. Tie it to your future so that you move your writing from something that you should do or could do, to something that now you must do because it's so tied to your future. That is the fifth key to being over-scheduled and still being productive. Now, let's get to the next module. 5. How to Set Healthy Writing Boundaries: Okay, in this module we're going to talk about the thing that most people who are over-scheduled, who have a hectic life want to get handled, but actually don't want to talk about k. One I get handled, but don't want to talk about, and it's this how to set healthy boundaries. So especially when your life is hectic, your boundaries have got to be on point. You've got to set really healthy boundaries with everybody. Who you serve, who you live with, who you help, who you work with. You've gotta have very clear, very transparent boundaries because there's no way to protect what little writing time you're actually going to get in. When your life is hectic if you do not know how to clearly create, communicate, and protect healthy boundaries. So there's a three-step process. You've got to create the healthy boundaries. You have to communicate. The healthy boundaries are underwriting and you have to protect them. So let me walk you through what that looks like. So you've gotta decide when you're writing. You've got to decide how long you're writing for. And you've gotta decide the environment in which you're going to write, meaning nobody disturbs me, nobody bugs me when mom is writing. This is what's happening. Do not text me, do not pay me. In your own mind, you've gotta decide what that boundary actually looks like. It doesn't look like that or does it look like, well, I'm going to write whenever I get a chance, I'm going to write as I wait in the car to pick up my kid from school. And I'm not going to talk to other parents while I'm waiting, I'm going to be writing. And when my child gets in the car, they're writing stops and I focus on my child. You get to choose specifically what that boundary looks like. But you've got to actually make that decision before you have to actually enforce the boundary. So the first thing you've gotta do is decide the little amount of time that I'm going to have to write because my life is hectic. What are the writing boundaries that I'm setting up? What do they look like? What do they require? And you've gotta decide for yourself what that means, what that healthy boundary means. Then step number two, and this is the step that most people try not to do or don't do. You've got to actually communicate the boundary because it's one thing to set a healthy boundary wall that's great that you've set one, that's great that you know what the boundary is, but nobody else knows with boundary is if you don't communicate it to them. So the second step is you've got to actually sit folks down. And I know most most of the time when you have boundary conversations, people are like, whoa, why do we have to have a family talk for you to tell us when you're going to write, it is super important. And it's super important for this reason. If you don't tell people what your standards are, they will think you'll settle for less. That includes with boundaries. So you need to sit everybody down who is impacted by these boundaries you're setting around you getting reading time in. You tell them, look, I want to write a book. Not I want to I'm writing a book. This is what I'm gonna be writing. Don't disturb me, don't text me, don't call me. I won't be responding to you. I'm just letting you know and make sure that everybody's on the same page and make sure that people also have a form to ask questions in this conversation. It's not just you. Dictating, Hey, I'm writing, don't bug me. It's also you going do you understand what that means? Do you have questions for me? What concerns do you have about me writing this book and setting these boundaries? So you also take questions and you work through things with the people who are going to be impacted by these writing boundaries. So first thing, you create the boundaries, second thing, you communicate the boundaries. Third thing, this is the part where it's not that pleasant when you have to do it. You enforce the boundaries. So people who are not used to you being a writer, people who are not used to you taking time for yourself, even five minutes to write their gun to violate your boundaries. Let me just prep you. They're gonna violate them. They're going to test you. They're gonna see if that they're going to violate your boundaries, period. Like let's just it is what it is and it's not malicious For the most part. Most of the time and people are violating boundaries. They forgot there, they weren't clear. You know, your kids will go can I bug you now? I mean, so what you've got to enforce the boundaries, meaning when your child comes and goes kind of bug you right now, unless it's an absolute emergency you have to train them at no, you can't. And you've got a hole to your boundaries and you've got enforce them because if you break your own boundaries to accommodate them, what you're basically saying to them is you don't have boundaries. And so they don't have to honor it because why should anybody on your boundaries of you don't. So you've got to enforce those boundaries and you've got to have consequences for boundary violations. Meaning if you're trying to write at home and you keep telling your kids, when I'm writing, do not disturb me and everybody is barging him the door of your office, then a consequence of that constant violation might be that you go to Starbucks and right. Or you go somewhere, you're going to your parents house and right. And you don't answer their text messages or their phone calls. You have to find a way to both enforced boundaries, but also have consequences to boundary violations. So again, whatever you need to do to create the boundaries are under writing to communicate the boundaries to people who will be impacted by those boundaries about your writing and to enforce those boundaries, you have to do now, are you going to feel like a bad guy? Yes. You well, are you going to have to enforce boundaries a lot in the beginning and still people learn that you're serious about this. Yes. You well, will it be worth it in the long-term? Yes, it will. And will it negatively impact our relationships with people, not the people who love you, not the people who care about you, it won't. Now the people who are all about themselves, who were never about you to begin with, the people who, you know, they thrive off of violating your boundaries and not just run writing. If they're violating your writing boundaries, I will bet money that they're violating other boundaries in your life and you're letting them, those people will leave your life, but you want them to, because they're leeches. Nut. I want to be very clear that your boundaries are up to you. You can't blame other people if you don't honor your own boundaries, but you honor your boundaries, especially around writing when your life is hectic. You've gotta one, create them. So you gotta know what they are. And then you have to communicate them clearly and consistently. Not just one conversation, but many. And then you need to be able to enforce those boundaries with love and firmness. That will get you to a place where whatever little time you have to write when life is hectic, you will do it and you will honor that time. And you will be a better person for it and you'll be a happier person for it. And then everybody around you who has to honor those boundaries as well. Eventually they're gonna see they're like, I like mom so much better when she's happy because she's writing and she's not letting us violate her time to write. You're happier person when you honor your boundaries. So set up those healthy boundaries, create them, communicate them, and enforce them, protect them. Alright, let's get to the next module. 6. The One Thing You Need to Know Before You Apply These Strategies: Okay, we're about to talk about seven strategies that you can use to be a productive writer when life is very, very hectic. And so I wanted to talk about the one thing that you need to know before you apply any of these seven strategies. And it's, it's, it's this. You've got to trust yourself. You gotta trust yourself. In other words, every time we make a commitment to ourselves and we do not follow through on that commitment. We break self trust. We lose trust with ourselves. And you might be thinking to yourself, Well man, I said I wanted to write this book for years. Ie. I have broken so many promises and commitments that I've made to myself that myself trust level is really, really low right now and I totally get it. I've been there to. What I am going to say is, if you really want to be a productive writer, if you really want to be someone who, no matter how crazy your life is, writing is a habit that you do. And it happens in consistently and frequently, no matter what is going on in your life, the number one thing you gotta do is trust yourself. And the way to rebuild self trust when you've lost it is to make and keep the commitments that you make to yourself. A productive writer is a writer who says, I'm going to write, I must write. And then they follow through and right, no matter what, no matter what, non negotiable writing has got to be a non-negotiable. But for writing to be a non-negotiable, You've got to trust yourself. And for you to trust yourself, especially when you've gotta rebuild self trust, you've got to start to say, Okay, if I say, I'm going to write ten minutes today, it is a matter when I when I thought about it, it doesn't matter what else has to be done. This ten minutes will happen. I will make time for them because I said that that was what I was going to do. And I'm the kind of person who keeps the commitments I made myself, period, the end. That's what it boils down to. You've gotta become the person that when you commit to do something to yourself, I don't care who else are committing doing things to. Four, you lose self trust. No matter how reliable you are further people, you will always lose self trust if you were not reliable to yourself. So become the person who keeps whatever commitments you make to yourself. Make a small writing commitment. Keep it every single day that will regain your level of self trust. And self trust is the one thing you need to apply any of the strategies that I'm about to talk about. Okay, let's get into the strategies. 7. Strategy #1: Starting in this module, we're going to begin to talk about what are the tactical, practical things that you can do to create and protect your writing time when life is super, super hectic. So these seven strategies and I'm about to talk about they are the mindset wise, but also tactically, This is what you need to do to protect your reading time when life is super, super hectic, whether life is super hectic for a week, a month, or for a decade. And these are the strategies that will help you really get in your reading time and protecting one life is living to look us. So here's the first thing. Strategy number one, get real with what a writer is. Now this is a mindset strategy, and I've talked about it in a previous module. But let me just reinforce this again. Get real with what a writer is. A writer is someone who writes very often, especially when we're starting our writing career or we're at a point in a writing career were, were not well-known or we haven't written prolifically not haven't, maybe you haven't even written one book yet. There's this tendency to kind of downplay what you're, what this endeavor is in your life. There's this tendency to go, well, I'm not really a writer. I don't write full time. It'll get paid full-time for it. I'm not this is just something I'm trying. If you minimize the power of your writing before you've even written one book. If you minimize the impact of you being a writer in your life and in the life of your family members, you will never be a full-time writer. And so the first thing that you can do to kind of deal with that, so that you make writing non-negotiable and you make your writing time important In a very hectic and over-scheduled life is you've gotta get real with what a writer is and not minimize the fact that you are right, or a writer or somebody who writes. So long as you are writing consistently your writer, so long as you pick up a pen and you pick up a notebook and you write, you're a writer. And so Stephen King as a writer, Daniela port is a writer. Wayne Dyer was a writer. You are a writer. No difference. No difference. A writer, someone who writes. So give yourself that level of understanding so that when you have a situation come up when you're supposed to write and, and life gets really super crazy incentive you downplaying the importance of your writing a, going a while, get to that tomorrow. It's not like it's my full-time job. No. Treat your writing like it's a full-time job, but the only way to treat writing like it's a full-time job is to get real with the fact that you are a writer. Go in the mirror and say to yourself, I am a writer because I write. And don't wait until you hit some, you know, like okay, once I've once I'm a full-time writer, then I'm a real writer. Once I make a certain amount of money in the number real writer once I, no, no, no, none of this one aerator or someone who writes plain and simple, get real with that fact. That is something that will mindset wise help you take your writing seriously, protect your writing time, and make sure you get it. Because when you stop writing than you stopping a writer just so you know, when, when you just like SAP writing one day I'm the new wakeup months later, you're like, Oh, I haven't written in six months, will you haven't been a writer for six months? So a writer is someone who writes. Make that meaning shift in your head so that you can actually give your writing the time it needs in your life. And the moment you accept that you are a writer, the moment you own the title of being a writer, you will start to live into that by taking those steps and making sure your writing time gets done. So strategy number one, get real. With about a writer is, a writer is someone who right. 8. Strategy #2: Strategy number two is create a non-negotiable writing environment. Okay? So there's a lot of components to this, but the bottom line of creating a non-negotiable running environment. Is this unique to right at a time and in a place with all the tools that you need, we're writing becomes non negotiable. You have to create an inevitable writing environment. In other words, right, when everybody's asleep, whether that's early morning or late at night, that reduces the likelihood that people are going to disturb you when everybody else is asleep right outside of the house. If there is no peace and quiet in the house and everybody is up at all hours of the night, you know, babies are up in the middle of the night. Adults are up early in the morning and people are some of the kids or teenagers are up late at night. If you cannot write in your home, find somewhere else to write. And yes, that's not fair. Okay. Let's just get over the idea of life being fair. Yes. If you have to leave your house and you have this beautiful, wonderful home office, it is so not fair that you have to do that, period. Let's get it other way. But that's life. And that's life when you have a hectic life and when you're still trying to write and be productive. So you need to create a non-negotiable writing environment where you can just sit down, not be disturbed, have all the tools you need and get the writing done. Part of that is mindset though I will say this part of it is your own determination and your own belief and firm belief, conviction that your writing is non-negotiable. That not only is it going to happen, but it must happen, and it will happen no matter what. Until you get that mindset of no matter what, you will do things to sabotage your writing time. And even in non negotiable reading environments, you will sabotage it. You will, I leave the office and start talking to the family members and be on a break, right? So the key to creating a non-negotiable writing environment and this strategy is number one, you take down the mindset that your writing is truly non-negotiable. And you're unwilling to bend that for anything or anyone. And the number to creating the atmosphere where it is most likely that your writing can be non-negotiable, right? When everybody's asleep, right when everybody's away, right outside of the home. If you have two could've room, The nobody really ever goes to lock the door, go outside on your property far away and don't tell anybody that you're out there, whatever is required that is safe, obviously, do sit right in your car on your lunch break so nobody at work can bug you. There are many different ways to create a non-negotiable writing environment. You've gotta figure out number one, does my mindset say that my writing is not negotiable? That's the first thing and the number two. Now that my mindset says, This must get done no matter what. When should I write? Where should I write? How can I write in a way that even if it's ten minutes of writing, it is non negotiable, it is inevitable it is going to happen. That is the second strategy. Create a non negotiable writing environment. 9. Strategy #3: Strategy number three is simple, right? At your prime time. So when your life is hectic, obviously you're emotionally being pulled in different directions. You're energetically being pulled in different directions. Which makes it all the more important. If you're only going to write for five minutes a day, or ten minutes a day or 15 minutes a day. You want to maximize what you're going to be able to do in that short period of time, which means it is best to write it your prime time. So what is your writing primetime? It is the time of day. And I know that it may not necessarily work well with your life, but it is a time of day where you feel most creative, most alert, most focused. You know, I am a morning person. You will never see me writing at 07:00 PM at night. I have no creative juice at night. All I have could use for at 07:00 PM at night is watching The Real Housewives franchise. One of them any of them named them. I can do that at 07:00 PM. Writing is not something I could do at seven PM. So I know that my writing time is early morning somewhere between 04:00 AM, 11:00 AM OR nude. So if your life is hectic, yes, I understand that it may be challenging to say, well, I'm a morning person, but everybody's up from four AM on. Find the time right at your primetime. Because especially when you're only doing small time chunks like ten minutes, five minutes, 15 minutes of writing a day. You need to be as on as you possibly can be and you will not be on if you're trying to write at night when you're a morning person or you're trying to write in the morning when you're a night person, everybody has their preferences. Some people or middle of the day people. When ever your prime time for focus and creativity exists, create that time, that nonnegotiable time. And right at your primetime, It is a strategy that works when you work at. 10. Strategy #4: Strategy number four, very simple but not necessarily easy to do if you like me are control freak. Okay? So I'm not even going to say that this is an easy one for me. It is not edit is this delegate all non essential tasks? So if you're a control freak like me, I get that. You don't think anybody does things as well as you do. And your firm belief is if you want something done, do it yourself. And you like things done a certain way, and you really don't want to ask people for help for lots of reasons. However, I will tell you one of my works in progress and one of the things that I'm learning over time as a writer is when you are in writing mode. Like everything else is negotiable. Meaning if the dishes don't get done, if they pile up, if somebody else has to do tasks that you're used to doing, you gotta be willing to delegate those. Unless it is an absolutely essential thing that only you can do, it's important to delegate all nonessential tasks. Do you really need to go to every PTA meeting now? Do you really need to be at every soccer practice? No. Do you really need to be the one who does the dishes, who cooks all the food? Who does know? When you're writing? It's basically like going into a cave and everything else becomes negotiable. And so it's really important that if you want to be able to still be a productive writer when life is hectic, that you are not doing anything that is non-essential. Anything you've gotta eat on paper plates. I've had friends who've done their PhDs and they said while they were reading their dissertation, everybody ate on paper plates because they didn't even want to spend the amount of time that it would take to do dishes, put them in the dishwasher, take them out, put them then even want that. They just wanted paper plates, throw them away. So take the same approach. When you're writing. It's all about the writing. And anything that is not essential is non-essential. Delegate to other people, have other people do the laundry, have other people clean house. If the house has gotta be a little bit dirty and now you might be OCD about it. Let the house be dirty for awhile. Do what you gotta do to get your writing in when your life is super, super hectic. So that is strategy number four. Delegate, oh, non-essential task. And here's the hint. Most things, especially if you're a control freak that you're doing, are probably nonessential. And they could be delegated to other people if you would ask for help. So start to get good at asking for help. Now, let's talk about the next strategy. 11. Strategy #5: Strategy number five is speak your book into existed. So you may have a long commute time. You may have a lot of carpooling that you do because you drop kids off, you pick them up, you wait in the line to pick them up. You may have a lot of driving because your your work on a sales team and you have to go from store to store to store. Driving is a pretty big consistent for most people. Even if you're on the metro, even if you're on the subway, if you live in New York City and you gotta get from place to place. If you're in LA and you take the bus or use the Metro, there are gonna be times where you can, as you are in transit, record your book. Now if you're on a subway, you can actually type the book on your laptop. If you're taking a taxi or an Uber, you can do that. If you're on the bus. You can also pull out an iPad and you can, you know, if you've got a keyboard, you can type if you're driving and if you do a lot of driving because either you're shuttling kids or you're you have a long commute to work in Atlanta, for example. There is time to write your book on your commute rather than listening to music, rather than listening to a podcast. Set up some audio recording software, especially with the newest cars. I think a lot of the newest cars allow you to access your apps right on the dashboard of vehicle. Audio record your book, speaker book into existence that that whole commute time. There's writing time, right there, no matter how hectic or life is. And I know some people, especially when life is levied a Loca, you use your commute time as a way to decompress, as a way to clear your head before you start working, clear your head before you get home. Writing does that to writing will help you decompress, use your drive time, whatever it is to audio record, speak, your book into existence into right. It's a way that I've written a number of books when I was driving kids to and fro and commuting everywhere. And I produce those books by speaking them into existence. They wouldn't exist at that time in my life at that season because there were so busy if I hadn't taken the time to speak them into existence so that a strategy number five, speak your book into existence. 12. Strategy #6: Strategy number six, start with two minutes of reading time a day. I know what you're thinking. Two minutes. What am I going to write in two minutes? I can barely open up Microsoft Word in two minutes. So let's talk about the research and let's talk about why developing the habit of writing right now, especially when life is hectic, is far more important than the writing itself. So in a book called atomic habits, here's what James clear has to say about what he calls the two-minute rule. He says, when you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do. He goes on to say James Clair, This is his book called atomic habits. The idea is to make your habits as easy as possible to start. And then he also says, James Clair says in the book of atomic habits. He also says, what you want is a gateway habit that naturally leads you down a more productive path. Let me read that again. What you want is a gateway habit that naturally leads you down a more productive path. So when your life is haptic, when your life is Livy to loca, here's what I'm going to say. Start with two minutes of reading time of day. In those two minutes maybe all you do is open up Microsoft Word and you close it. But what I'd like you to do if you want to be able to be a productive writer, even when life is crazy, is start with two minutes for a minimum of seven to 14 days to minutes seven days a week for a minimum of seven to 14 days where you commit and you keep those commitments you make tear yourself. Again. We're going back to self trust. Two minutes, seven to 14 days of reading time. That's it for the first week or two, maybe even the first month. If you want to, then raise it up to five, then seven, then ten, then 15 into at least one week to two week increments. And you will find that before long, within six months, you will be up to an hour a day of writing when you thought you had no time, two hours a day of writing when you thought you had no time. Again, if you want to be productive as a writer, when life is hectic, it is not so much about writing as it is building in the non negotiable writing time and sticking to it and keeping the commitment you make to yourself. That's the first leverage point you've gotta get. Once you've built up that habit of I write every day, I write consistently, I do not miss this time. It happens no matter what, then you will start to elongate that time. Then you will start to actually produce really good writing. Then no matter how life gets crazy or takes a turn in the future, you will know and you will trust that you will still get your writing time in. So that is an awesome strategy, doesn't sound awesome and you're like, what am I get done in two minutes. It is an awesome strategy. It builds the habit of writing, which leads to the consistency of writing, which then over time leads to the quality of your writing and your ability to keep that commitment to yourself no matter what life throws your way. So strategy number six, start with two minutes of writing time a day. 13. Strategy #7: So let's talk about the final strategy is strategy number seven, which I'm calling, don't break the chain. So if you want to be a productive writer, if you want to protect and keep your writing time when life is hectic. This is a great strategy that I also got from James clears book atomic habits. And here's what he talks about. Let me just give you what he said and then I'll explain how don't break the chain works with your writing. So in atomic habits, James Clair talks about keeping a habit tracker and this is what he says. A habit tracker is a simple way to measure whether you did a habit. Now in the book he talks about how Jerry Seinfeld used a habit tracker to stick with writing his jokes. And in a documentary, jury explained that his goal is simply, this is Jerry Seinfeld's, this is example in atomic habits. Jerry Seinfeld, in terms of writing jokes consistently, he said that his goal was simply to never break the chain of writing jokes everyday. In this way, Jerry was focused, who wasn't focused on how good the joke was, but he was simply focused on showing up and adding to a streak. So the point is clear, create a calendar to track how many days you write. And instead of focusing on the quality of your writing, which I've been saying, Focus on the consistency and the frequency of your reading. Don't break the chain. Okay? So I got this idea from James clears book atomic habits. Here's what it means to not break the chain. And I'm gonna tell you why it's super important. Lots of writers set out and they go, well, I'm just gonna commit to, because I want to keep the commitments I made to myself. I'm going to write it Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or I'm gonna write Friday, Saturday, Sunday. And I'm a writ for four hours each of those days because I know that I will not be able to write seven days a week, but I can commit to three. The problem with intermittent writing is that especially when you're at the beginning of trying to be vigilant Lee consistent, those days off really set you back. By the time you get to from writing on Monday to writing on Wednesday, you have to spend some of that first initial writing time going, Okay, where was I what was I reading about? Who was like you have to recalibrate cigarette. She's spending more time recalibrating than if you would have done it day after day after day after day. So here's the strategy. If you want to be a productive writer, especially when life is hectic, don't break the chain. I would rather see you write seven days a week for two minutes every single day, then, right, for one hour, two days a week, you lose so much time and just trying to catch up to where you were and get back into the zone. None of that. When you are trying to build the habit of being able to stick to a reading schedule, especially when your life is hectic and crazy. You've got to incorporate strategy number seven, don't break the chain. Put up a big Post-it calendar somewhere, wherever you're writing, put up big huge blocks if you have to pencil them in yourself for seven straight days, do a whole month's calendar. And your goal every single day is to write for the time you set aside to write so you can get across that x off. There are so much, there's so much joy when you get to not break the chain and you get to see each x every single day. I do this for my workout, so my workout calendar, it is so exciting. So, so my strategy for my workup calendar says, I have a work account or my fitness room. I already have my workouts already pre-planned. I know what I'm supposed to do and in what order, and I get to x them out. Now, at the end of the week, if I actually stuck to the workout calendar as I indicated it, then not only do I get to see those seven x's in those boxes for that week, but I get to take a Sharpie and make it really bold each of those axes. That's how I knew I followed through on the plan for the whole week. If though I still worked up seven days, but like maybe I cut out spin one day or I cut out yoga one day or I didn't get to a certain thing one day that was listed on that chart? Yes. I still have the seven x's for that week, but they are not in bold Sharpie, which tells me I didn't go according to plan for those seven days. Still a win because I exercise every single day, but not the powerful one that I wanted because it's not in bold Sharpie. So those are just some of the, the strategies that I use to fulfill that strategy. You don't break the chain. You can do the same thing for your writing. And I would highly encourage you, especially if life as hectic, commit to a small number of minutes every single day, but right, seven days a week. So you can cross off every single day. It really, it motivates you when you can see that you're that vigilant Lee consistent. Even if the writing isn't good, even if it's three minutes a day, it's still builds your level of self trust, which will then build your ability over the long-term to make and keep the commitments you make to yourself about your writing. So that is strategy number seven. Doped, break the chain. 14. Final Thoughts: Okay, so final thoughts. You know, this course has been about mindset. It has been about you learning how to see your ability to write in a different way. You even reconceptualizing what it means to be a writer. Once again, a writer as someone who writes and I want you to do walk away from this course, Understanding that your life does not have to change for you to be a productive writer. I know people want to live to be calm. And you want life to get simpler. And you want the kids to start kindergarten or you want them to go off to college. You want to have a room to write and a writing space that's gorgeous and you want to not be pulled in five different directions. You want to have the energy to write and hours a day to write. I get all of that. Those are ideals. And, and maybe one day those ideas will be true for you. But in this moment, there are readers of your work that don't know your work yet because you haven't written your work. And yet they desperately need what you're going to write. And they don't need it five years from now when your life gets simpler, they don't need a ten years from now when the kids graduate from high school, go to college. They don't need it even six months from now when maybe it's no longer the Christmas season or the holiday season and work isn't crazy. They actually needed the words that you want to write years ago. In some cases decades ago. And so there comes a moment where when you understand how powerful your words are, when you understand how important it is to get your work out in the world. When you understand the transformation, you're going to create another people's lives. You gotta get you out of the way. You gotta get you out of the way and you have to get to put your say, it doesn't matter how crazy my life is. I'm just going to assume it's always going to be this crazy or more crazy. And I'm gonna find a way to do this. I'm going to find a way to write. And once again, it's about redefining what, what writing is supposed to look like in your life. Maybe writing isn't two hours a day, seven days a week, maybe it's two minutes a day for right now seven days a week. And then eventually it gets to five and then it gets to ten, and then it gets a 30 and then it gets to an hour. The bottom line is you've gotta build the habit of being a productive writer, to be a productive writer. And it's not about how calm Your life is. There is no one My life is calm than I'll be productive. If you want to know how productive you are, be productive when life is hectic, because that will give you the baseline for how productive you are choosing to be no matter what is going on. Because productive people are non negotiable reproductive. And that's not a judgment if you haven't been productive, I've had seasons of my life where I've let the Livy to low could take over. And I've used every excuse in the book because you know what, the excuses were valid. The excuses were valid and I let them be valid. But just because an excuses valid doesn't mean it needs to stop you from your writing destiny. So the other day, here's what I'm going to say. You have a choice. You can choose to let the situation dictate whether or not you get to write or you can choose to be the most powerful thing in the situation and decide that you're going to write no matter how hectic Your life is, that is a decision that only you can make for you and you have every capacity to make for you. So I'm going to leave you with this. A writer is someone who writes every day that you write your writer. Every word that you rank gets you closer to becoming a better writer. Every sentence that you right gets you closer to being a full-time writer. If being a full-time writer is what you want, then you have to start today, not when life gets calmer, not when it gets easier. Today. Start writing today, you have the ability to be productive. Forget prolific. Like prolific will come with time. Son about being a prolific writer. It's not like, it's not about writing a book in a month. That's not what this is about. If you want a career as a writer, if you want to be a full-time writer, this is about getting down the habit of being vigilant Lee consistent with your writing. And the habit begins with two minutes a day, not four hours a day. Start where you are. Use what you have. Be productive even when life is crazy. Because that is how you show yourself that not only are you that powerful and that productive, but you are trustworthy with yourself because you keep the commitments you make to yourself. That's how you get that done. And self trust is priceless. Self trust leads to everything. Nothing else you take away from this class. I want you to develop self trust because when you trust you, you will find ways to be a productive writer no matter how your life is going. Alright, everybody, thank you for joining me for the class. 15. Class Project: Okay, so let's talk about the class project. For this class, I am going to ask you to make a commitment to yourself. You know, one of the things I hope you've really taken home from this course overall is that mindset is everything number one and number two, the ability to trust yourself. The ability to gain self trust if you've lost it, the ability to develop self trust comes when you can make, keep commitments to yourself, not to other people, not to everybody but you. When you can make and keep commitments to yourself. So the class project for this is, I want you to make a productive writers commitment to yourself. I want you to print out the sheet of paper. I would like you to put the date on it. And I want you to use this space that I've given you in this document to write your own productive writers commitment. I want you to include in that commitment your overall writing goal, the writing schedule that you're committed to holding yourself accountable to. And how following through a positively impact your life and the life of the people that you love. And so once you've really crafted that commitment, post-it wherever you plan to write and make sure that you say this commitment out loud every single day. So number one, couple things about this particular exercise. So it'll take you some time to think about what you want to commit to. That's really important. Don't rush to say, I'm going to write a 150 thousand word book in six months, and my life is crazy. There are certain things you gotta figure out first, you gotta figure out how, how long does it take you to write 500 words. So you can figure out how long it takes you to write 1000 words. Then you gotta figure out, well, given that my life is lovely to look at the moment and it's hectic. And that may not change for long period of time either because of a crazy work schedule or My kids have a crazy schedule with all of their extracurricular activities or because we're all stuck at home with it, you know, dealing with being at home together, working from home, doing school from home. I never get a moment of peace and quiet to myself, whatever the situation is, whatever the hectic life situation is, I want you to really think about what can you commit to? It goes back to what we talked about in the course, right? For two minutes a day. If two Mensa days while you can commit to you. Right. And this renders commitment, I commit to writing at least one paragraph a day, ok, four sentences a day, to writing two minutes a day, seven days a week. And I am going to hold myself accountable to that. And I'm gonna do that for the next six months. That could be your writer, you're productive writer schemata. The key thing is you want to write in your own handwriting on this sheet of paper. As many sheets of this papers, you need to get it all written down. You want to be able to set up a contract with yourself by writing it with pen and paper, your own handwriting. You want to sign it at the bottom. You wanna date it at the top. And you want to put it up wherever you're planning to write every single day so that you can say that commitment to yourself as a writing ritual, a prewriting ritual. Before you start writing, you say that ritual, this commitment to yourself every single day. You say it out loud so you hear your own voice committing to this and recommitting to this every single day. And then I want you to hold yourself accountable to it. Which is why I want you to be seriously thinking about what can you commit to? What can you follow through on given how hectic real-life s. Now, if you set two minutes. So for any time of day, the gold that feels really doesn't feel like very much. I get it. But, but the focus is not on how many words can I rate right now. The focus is My life is hectic. There's a lot going on and I just want to build the habit of writing. That's it. I just want to build being vigilant Lee consisted about making and keeping the writing commitments I make to myself. So this is not about writing 1000 words a day. This is not about reading a book and a year. This is certainly not right about writing a book in a month. That this commitment is about you shifting your mindset on your level of self trust, your commitment to your writing, and your ability to write seven days a week no matter what, no matter what, the no matter what is so important. Because the moment you really truly have grounded in your spirit that you will write no matter what. You don't look at obstacles and same way, you look for the opportunities and them you don't, you don't complain about them. You don't vent about them. You just see them for what they are. You know, that you're bigger than anything that is standing in your way and you get the right AND done anyway. And that's the kind of writer you want to become. And you don't become that kind of writer overnight. You become that kind of writer with practice and mindsets shifting. So this is your class project. I want you to complete the productive writers commitment. I want you to think about the commitment for you actually write it. I want you to write a commitment that you can keep with your life being as hectic as it is. And then I want you to follow through and read this to yourself out loud every single day before you start that writing journey. So very habit. I am so glad that you joined me for the course. Thank you for being a part of this course. Show this course with anybody you know, who really feel called to be a writer, but who's getting in their own way because of their mindset, share this with them and I look forward to seeing you in some of my other courses. And for I'd say this, if you want some feedback on this, if you want my feedback on your writers commitment, maybe you don't. But if you do be sure that you complete this project, you'll upload it and send me a message. Leave me a comment. Tell me that you would like some feedback and I will be sure to get you some feedback. So once again, thank you for joining me. I so loved teaching this material and I know that you have the power to be a productive writer. Remember, remember final thought. Remember a writer is someone who writes. And all you've gotta do is commit to being someone who writes one word is writing. Commit to being the writer that you are. Thank you everybody.