completing-side-project

Sometimes, when we start a new business or we’re swamped by our old one, it can be overwhelming to consider the idea of adding another project, course or career to the mix. How can we possibly fit all of it into our lives?

A little over a year ago, a coach I know began her own business. She’d been an author all of her life, but she wanted to use her writing skills in a new way, so she took courses in marketing and set to work on helping others learn how to promote their services.

And as you can imagine, especially if you’ve started a business from scratch yourself, it took up a LOT of her time. Sometimes, she worked 12+ hour days – and on top of all of that, she still wanted to keep writing novels!

She’d just finished the first draft of her latest book, and she wasn’t willing to set her beloved fiction writing aside while she pursued her new endeavor.

Have you ever found yourself in a position like this?

Sometimes, when we start a new business or we’re swamped by our old one, it can be overwhelming to consider the idea of adding another project, course or career to the mix. How can we possibly fit all of it into our lives?

It starts with doing what you can, with the time you have.

The coach didn’t have time to edit her newly-finished novel during the day, so the she decided to get creative. While she was flossing and brushing her teeth, she sat in front of the computer and proofread her book. Whenever she came across a typo, she either pecked at the keyboard with whichever fingers weren’t tied together with floss, or typed with one hand while brushing her teeth with the other.

It took her months, but she got it done, and she was able to self-publish it before Christmas that year.

Don’t think about the entire task. Just take it one step at a time.

Once she was done editing the book, then came the tricky part: finding time to write another novel, while preparing for a big product launch!

The idea of writing a book at that time seemed ridiculous. This wasn’t a matter of simply reading while flossing; now, she had to sit down and actually type. And all the advice she’d read about forcing oneself to write 2,000 words a day simply didn’t fit with the other goals she’d set for herself.

She had to create a webinar and course content, contact affiliates, serve her existing clients, master the prerequisite software… and somehow, still have enough time and brainpower left over to write.

Then, she remembered another piece of advice she’d read: “Write just 1 word.” Don’t commit to writing 2,000 words, because then you’ll get overwhelmed and avoid writing at all. Instead, just start by writing one word, and see where it goes from there.

Again, it was slow. Sometimes she wrote over 2,000 words in a day; on most days, it was under 500. But almost every day, she sat down to write – and instead of thinking about the entire book or scene, she just wrote down the next sentence that came to her head. Then the next, and the next, until she ran out of time or words and had to set it aside.

In the end, she wrote over 52,000 words, and completed the novel 2 weeks ahead of schedule.

It’s possible for you, too.

If there’s a new course, project or career that you want to add to your life, you can use these principles to get started right now, even if you thought that you didn’t have the time.

Decide what you want to do, and see where there’s room in your life to take the first step. Don’t worry about all the other steps; just take the first action, and trust that you’ll find a way to make room for the rest.

Are you still sure that you don’t have enough time? Then learn how to create more.

I know how to run a Life Coaching business in a way that frees up your life. I serve hundreds of clients every year, and I do it without burning myself out or robbing myself of the time I need to do the rest of the things I love.

You can start to create that in your own life, with the time and resources you currently have. I can show you how. Just fill out the form on the right, and my team will get in touch with you so you can find out how the entire process works.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *