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Kick Start your Writing–Pay Yourself First


One of the oldest rules of personal finance is the simple idea of–pay yourself first.

All the advisers tell you to do it. All the personal finance papers say it. They tell us to put money in our own personal savings before we pay our bills, buy our groceries or do anything else with our money.

When it comes to writing, we are talking about time, not money. But, just like in the financial world, this can be hard to do. Our time could be used in some many other places.

Why do it?

In the world of writing this principle can be the difference between failure and success. If you are new to the writing scene, it may seem like an impossible task, that is finding the time. The reason being that we have the tendency to find the time by using what’s left at the end of the day. And this is not much. The thing you plan on doing at the end of the day–writing–suffers. Your sleeping or zoned out in front of the media magnet before your pen hits the paper.

This is why if you want to write, you need to pay yourself first.

How to do it?

In the world of finance to successfully pay yourself first, the advice is to make this payment automatic and invisible.

To make your writing automatic, try this for one week. Wake up in the morning, start the coffee and sit down with paper and pencil, then write. After a week hopefully this becomes automatic. You will be paying yourself first.

To make paying yourself first invisible, try waking up 15 or 20 minutes early. Normally, you be would unconscious at this time, so by using it to write, it is invisible. Extra time.

One of the tricks is start small, 5 or 15 minutes. Read a  writing prompt.This time is in a sense invisible, it will not affect the rest of your life detrimentally. But, it will help kick start your writing.

So try it out. Tomorrow, pay yourself first. Get up 15 minutes early and write.

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Day 2-Find Time to Run & Write


Time, time, time. We all have it, we all use it and we all want more of it.

The reality is that we are all spinning around on the same globe, with a 24 hour day. The trick is dedicating a miniscule part of those 24 units to running and writing.

RUNNING– How far do you want to run today? Or how many minutes do you want to run today? I’m planning on 50 to 60 minutes, but that’s just me. You need to decide what your goal is. You can reasonably achieve your goal of running today  in less than  20 minutes. But what if you don’t have 20 minutes? Remember we all have 1,440 minutes each  and every day.

Running Prompt- Go out and run a timed mile, but don’t run fast. Run in your comfort zone. Right your time down.

Send me your time.

WRITING– First ask yourself, what do I want to write today? If you don’t have an idea about what you want to write, chances are that you won’t. The limits are endless, but if you are just starting, start small. Write a one page short story. Or a 10 line poem. You can reasonably do either in less than 30 minutes. But,  from where will you steal or borrow the 30 minutes? I’ve found the best time is early in the morning or late at night. The reason being, that is when I can find time alone, to just think. So tonight stay up 30 minutes later, and write. Or tomorrow set your alarm 20 or 30 minutes early, and write.

Writing Prompt-Write a hundred words or more about why you want to write.

Send me your essay on why you want to write.

The trick is allotting time, you may have to scour your schedule,  look in the deepest corners.

Here are some of the those deep corners:

TV Watching

Newspaper or Magazine Reading

Sleeping

Lunch break

Internet Surfing

House Cleaning

Video Games

The list goes on and on. If you don’t have time to run or write, choose one of these times eaters, and borrow 20 minutes from it, or take 10 minutes from each one of them. You will not regret it.

You will never hit the pillow at night and think, “I sure wish I would have spent more time watching TV or  playing video games today, but you will lay and think, “Why didn’t I just take the 30 minutes to run or write today?”

If you’ve just found this blog, it works best to start at Day 1.

Please let me know if you have started your–running or writing–streak.

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