Three weeks after quitting my 9-5 to go all-in on my business I took a dream project off of the back burner and moved it to the top of my list: Writing my first e–book.
Not only did I write an e–book that gives multi-passionates a foundational understanding of how to take their relationship with Focus to the next level, but I wrote (and designed it) in just one week.
You might be thinking “big deal, I could write an e–book in a day,” in which case, perhaps this blog post won’t be helpful for you.
But if you’re thinking “Hmm, I wonder what I could accomplish in one week with the power of Focus behind me…” then read on, because I’m going to share the 5 steps I took I that helped me bring this dream project to life.
In order for me to focus my energy on completing a specific project, I need to be emotionally invested in it from the gate.
Before I wrote the first word, I could feel that this e–book would be the perfect way for creatives to learn my 3-part Focus framework and feel liberated by their relationship with Focus.
I was emotionally invested in creating a resource I knew could be impactful for the multi-passionate community which became the driving force for staying focused and getting it done.
Tip: Before mapping out the details of your project, make an emotional investment. Why does it matter to you in the first place?
From observing my energy cycles, I know that my most high-functioning hours are between 10am-2pm. Because the e–book was my priority, I set aside as much time between those hours to work on my e-book as possible.
I also made sure not to schedule any networking calls or meetings so that I could use that time to write and design the e-book.
Tip: Observe your energy cycles to create a maximum focus schedule and create your “productivity hours.” Keep your calendar blocked off during that time so you can focus!
I looked through old blog posts and presentations and made note of what I wanted to adapt to the e–book.
Blog posts are quick lists without too much detail, and presentations rely on what I say in the moment. The e–book gave me a chance to tell stories, give examples, and write in a more long-form style. Plus, for the first time, all of the information was in one place.
Tip: If you’re working on a project and you know you have content that you can repurpose, go for it! Different methods of delivery will ensure that your content still feels fresh.
My e–book teaches about my 3-part focus framework that will help you prioritize with ease and finish what you start. As I was writing the book, I followed that framework.
Following this process made me even more excited to share this framework with you!
Tip: Grab your copy of Finally Focused to learn about my 3-part focus framework.
Finally, I sat my inner perfectionist down for a heart-to-heart. I let her know that this e–book is going to help multi-passionates from all walks of life start to heal their relationship with Focus. Next, I told her that getting this e-book out was the most important aspect of the project and that while I know she wants it to be as perfect as possible, we can always go back and update it later.
“Help me make it beautiful,” I said. “But don’t stop me from sharing it with the world.”
She understood, and then we began.
Tip: Have a conversation with your inner perfectionist. Let them know when you need their help, and when you don’t.
And that’s how I did it. That’s how I wrote my very first e–book in only one week!
Grab your copy of the Finally Focused e-book to learn how you can implement the 3-part Focus Framework for a dream project of your own.