Focus on being productive rather than ‘busy’ using the Pomodoro® technique.

I’m writing this on a day when I spent two and a half hours on the phone on hold with HMRC (for my international friends, the HMRC is the UK tax office). The worst bit—the automated voice that kept saying ‘please bear with me’.. ARGGHHH Anyway, that stupidly long phone call brings me to theContinue reading “Focus on being productive rather than ‘busy’ using the Pomodoro® technique.”

Why a vision board isn’t the answer to finishing your book (or why systems trump goals).

When was your last writing date?⁠ ⁠ When is your next?⁠ ⁠ If your answer to either of those questions is ‘I don’t know’, then it’s time to put writing on your calendar my friend. ⁠ A regular writing habit—one thing that the most prolific, most published and most contented writers have in common (it’sContinue reading “Why a vision board isn’t the answer to finishing your book (or why systems trump goals).”

Why writing belongs on your calendar (and why waiting for inspiration to strike isn’t the best way to get your book written).

I used to sit and wait for inspiration to strike before I started writing. I spent more time thinking about the fact that I wasn’t writing than actually writing.  There was always something else that I should be doing—another email that needed replying to, another meeting I needed to attend or a cupboard I neededContinue reading “Why writing belongs on your calendar (and why waiting for inspiration to strike isn’t the best way to get your book written).”