I didn’t get a lot done today, but I did get the important things done.
While at the Summit last week, one of the speaker (I think it was Christine) talked about productivity, and she brought up a graph that I had read about when I was a wee lad, but forgotten about, that of the Importance/Urgency table. Something can be important, but not urgent, likewise, many of us spend our days fighting fires at work, which would be urgent/important tasks.
I think the concept was popularized by Stephen Covey back in the 80’s, and I listened to the Asian Efficiency podcast today and they just happened to mention this table.
The key is to spend time on important tasks, that are not urgent. What would these be for writing? Well, writing, of course.
It goes without saying that you can’t publish a book that’s not written. Neither can you edit that book, or market it, etc. So, as a writer, my most important task, especially so at the beginning of my career, is to write.
And in an extreme source of irony, I don’t write daily. I know, I know, trust me, I beat myself up about it plenty, but one of the goals I have it to get back into the groove of writing every day.
In fact, I currently have goals such that I MUST write 1000 words every single day for the next year and a half if I’m going to meet those deadlines for publication. So that is the big habit I’m focusing on right now. Mark it down, two days in a row boys!