Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur,
I pray that you are well.
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where I teach you powerful lessons that will impact your Christian authorship.
In today's article, I want to help you set the right atmosphere for the kind of work you will complete as a writerpreneur.
This post serves as the first lesson in my online school, because without the right environment and schedule, it becomes difficult to complete all the work that is required.
Without question, organizing yourself is key to increasing your productivity. There’s nothing worse than having a laundry list of things to do, but really no effective way of completing them. Thus, being organized is paramount.
I often think about my own schedule. Not only do I have to be a mother 24/7, but I also have to be my daughter’s teacher and her provider. I have to run the business effectively, sometimes spending 70+ hours a week on the details of it, and I have to always make time for the Lord.
I have to complete other personal matters so that I can maintain balance between my work life and personal life. And after a while, it becomes daunting. Oh, yes, and I failed to mention that with everything that I have to complete, I am also running a virtual bible study on a weekly basis, and working on the plans for two non-profits, which I will begin marketing soon.
In all, my life is busy and productive.
But I love it! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
However, if I’m not careful, I can easily harm one project because I have not learned how to manage my time effectively. I can also wear myself out, thereby hurting my business and my personal relationships.
In like manner, as you develop your writerpreneurship, understand that being able to manage multiple projects at once and with effectiveness is crucial to your success.
Given everything that I have to accomplish on a weekly basis, it was vital that I create an atmosphere that catered to my needs. And since doing this—along with establishing my routines and schedules—it has made the workload so much more manageable and enjoyable.
So, here are four steps that I have taken in order to establish a better work environment as well as my calendar. You can take these steps as well, and watch what a difference they make for you and your productivity.
Get Your Self in Order
One of the first ways that you can reduce stress as a writer is by arranging your primary work space to suit your needs and desires.
As I began redesigning my website and upgrading my services and products, I found this task quite difficult because my work space was dysfunctional. I mean, even the color scheme bothered me; and for some reason, I could not concentrate on the tasks I needed to accomplish for the business.
I had no set work space. In fact, I only had an ugly, brown, outdated desk and chair that I purchased from Goodwill®. (I love that store, by the way.) And I thought that since I at least had the furniture, then I could ease into my work smoothly.
But that didn’t take too well.
The colors made me feel sluggish and tired, and I found myself wanting to work in another area of the house or in a different location all together. Thus, just the mere atmosphere affected my productivity. So, what did I do? I took to Pinterest, found some exquisite office design ideas, and began planning how I would refashion my room and work environment.
And it turned out wonderfully. (I took some pictures for you.)
By incorporating a teal green into my room, it created a sense of calmness and tranquility, which is certainly what I needed. I offset the room with several white, silk flowers and a few teal ones. I made sure to maintain my minimalist decorum because if I added too many elements, this would make me feel claustrophobic.
I took all the old furniture that I purchased, and refinished them. I painted my chairs white and used wallpaper to cover my desk. I even created a lounge area next to my bed so that when I needed to relax, I could crash there without having to mess up the bed.
This area is also the place where I do most of my research and reading. I created a separate place for my computer area, and I made a simple “vision board,” if you will, using lots of post-its and poster board.
As I mentioned, the color scheme went from brown to white and teal, and I did this so that even when I’m working from home, I can feel like I’m in a fresh environment. I specifically chose these colors because they work well in any season. When it rains, I know that I will have some color to liven up the room. And when it’s too hot outside, I have the white to remind me of the cool air.
Ever since this complete overhaul of my room, I have been able to work effectively for hours each day, and I love waking up to another day of productivity.
While my room may look like I spent a lot of money on the redesign, in truth, I spent less than $400 on the entire thing, including the bed.
I ransacked Goodwill® on a weekly basis, looking for just the right pieces; and then I purchased spray paint from Wal-Mart®. I bought a lot of the accessories from the Dollar Tree®, and even painted some of those items.
As I mentioned in another article, I’m really striving to develop financial discipline, and I knew that I could not spend thousands of dollars on my room’s makeover.
So, I used what I could with what I had, and transformed my space into something that I love. In fact, I would much rather be in my room than any other place. And even when I leave to go somewhere, I’m so excited to come back home.
How can you rearrange your work space in order to create the atmosphere that is most conducive to your ideal work environment?
More Steps to Follow
The next step is to create a customized calendar and schedule that reflects your needs.
There are a number of schedulers that you can purchase for yourself and your business. And I have tried plenty over the years. What I found, however, was that these generic planners did not give me the exact organization I needed for what my company required.
So, I devised my own plan and schedule, which I share and offer in the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program™. When you partake of the course, you will notice that each page in the schedule displays a week’s progress. I also include a section that helps me track my finances for each week; and I include sections that allow me to reflect on the week as well as acknowledge my weekly accomplishments.
For me, these sections matter because they serve as notes for when I conduct the end-of-the-year, annual evaluation.
Although it took some time to create this schedule, I’m glad that I did it. It helps when I physically record my ideas and reference them when I need to. There are many other people who prefer digital schedulers, which you can find on your phone or another electronic device. I, on the other hand, still need to write things down to help get ideas out of my head.
How do you organize your schedule? Do you prefer the digital planner or the written ones?
The third step in creating a workable schedule is to develop a blog calendar and miscellaneous note calendar.
I can’t tell you how often blog ideas pop in my mind. And when that happens, I want to make sure that I record them somewhere. Typically, I will use post-it notes; but the trouble in that was I sometimes trashed the notes because I obsess over messes.
So, I created a blog calendar board, which hangs on my wall by my desk. Whenever I create a blog post topic, I place it on the post-it note, and stick it to the board. This way, I know where to go if I ever run out of ideas for writing.
In addition to the blog board, I also have a miscellaneous note board. Sometimes the ideas I have do not fit or relate to anything that I am currently working on. So, the best way for me to keep track of everything is to have a place where I can put these random notes, which I will later reference and place within my calendar at the end of the week.
It’s important to have a blog calendar, whether on your computer on in a written form. You can certainly create one on your own, or you can find a blogger who has made some for you. Like with my schedule planner, you will receive a blog calendar with the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program™, which I will share more about shortly.
The last step you want to consider when creating a workable schedule is to remain calm and focused.
It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with all that you must complete with your writerpreneurship. I know because I felt that way.
At times, you will want to do so much, but time will not permit it. I know for me, I wanted to have all types of programs and projects with my company; and while the ideas were great, I could never really develop them as effectively.
So, I decided to focus exclusively on creating a handful of evergreen products, and to use those to really empower my audience. By concentrating on a few things rather than 100+ products, I was able to bring a calmness to my work schedule. And you can do the same.
If you are looking to build a successful authorship, rather than having speaking engagements and courses and 10 published books every year, you could simply focus on creating one or two really great works, and developing a speaking platform that will really impact others.
By taking the load off of yourself, you will actually accomplish a lot more.
Download My First EWP Lesson, and Start Creating Your Work Space and Schedule
I know how important this step is in your writerpreneurship journey. This is why I have freely given you this first lesson on my program. Simply click here to be re-directed to the page containing the full lesson. You will need to scroll down the page until you find the "Download the Sample Lesson" button.
Once you have set up your positive work environment and schedule, then you're ready to take on the rest of the lessons that the program has to offer.
Now It's Your Turn to Share
So, let me know your thoughts about today's article. How will you make the necessary arrangements to improve your work environment and schedule? Leave your comments for me below.
If you're ready to take this journey as a writerpreneur, let me help you along the way. No one has been able to achieve great success in this venture without the aid, support, and training that's needed. And I want to help you along this way.
To learn how we can get started together, just take the next steps below.
Empower Your Authorship Today!
Step 1: Get Connected
Trying to build a thriving writing ministry as a new and aspiring Christian Author is incredibly challenging. But the best support comes from those who are willing to share their knowledge with you.
Take the next step and connect with me directly by joining my community, the Empowered Writerpreneurs Network.
I launched this support network in August 2015, and have since worked with Christian Authors from around the world, helping them to understand the multi-layers of self-publishing.
Members of my network receive daily empowering posts like this one, and they also have access to my free events like the Empowered Writerpreneurs Virtual Summits.
One of the best parts about this network is that you can connect with other writers in your area. Develop partnerships immediately, and begin working on plans to help build each other's writing ministries.
As the leader and host, I maintain an educational environment, meaning no one is in competition with each other. Each one is learning from my teachings and support, and then branching their own writing career based on the lessons they acquire.
Step 2: Get Trained
The majority of new and aspiring Christian Authors assume that because God gave them the vision to write a book, then it's up to God to put everything together. They fail to realize that the success of their ministry is based on their training.
There are five pillars that Christian Authors generally lack:
And without them, these writers are destined to fail. While you can work towards finding the answers and solutions yourself, it will take you years to cultivate your business and brand, just as it did with me and with other experts who paved the way for Christian Authors like you. But you can avoid this stress when you enroll in the only online school for Christian Authors like you: the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program.
With just 90 days of pure dedication (or you can work at your own pace), you can experience the benefits that my school has to offer you. You will
Best of all, you will be among a small percentage of independent Christian Authors whose writing ministry will not fail.
My school also offers life-time guarantees, one of which ensures that all my digital resources (current and future e-courses and e-books) are yours at no additional cost. But you want to enroll now, because the tuition will continue to increase as more empowering content is added.
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