Three weeks after quitting my 9-5 to go all-in onÂ myÂ business I took a dream project off of the back burner and moved it to the top ofÂ myÂ list: WritingÂ myÂ firstÂ e–book.
Not only did I write anÂ e–book that gives multi-passionates a foundational understanding of how to take their relationship with Focus to the next level, but I wroteÂ (and designed it) inÂ justÂ oneÂ week.
You might be thinking â€œbig deal, I could write anÂ e–book in a day,â€ in which case, perhaps this blog post wonâ€™t be helpful for you.
But if youâ€™re thinking â€œHmm, I wonder what I could accomplish in oneÂ week with the power of Focus behind meâ€¦â€ then read on, because Iâ€™m going to share the 5 steps I took I that helped me bring this dream project to life.
The 5 Steps I took to Write my E-book in One Week
1. I made an emotional investmentÂ first
In order for meÂ to focusÂ myÂ energy on completing a specific project, I need to be emotionally invested in it from the gate.
Before I wroteÂ theÂ first word, I could feel that this e–bookÂ would be the perfect way for creatives to learnÂ my 3-part Focus framework and feel liberated by their relationship with Focus.
I was emotionally investedÂ in creating a resource I knew could be impactful forÂ 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?
2. I crafted a schedule for maximum focus
From observingÂ myÂ energy cycles, I know thatÂ my most high-functioning hours are between 10am-2pm. Because theÂ e–bookÂ wasÂ 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!
3. I repurposed content
I looked through old blog posts and presentations and made note of what I wanted to adapt to theÂ e–book.
Blog posts are quick lists without too much detail, and presentations rely on what I say in the moment. The e–bookÂ gave me a chance to tell stories, give examples, and write in a more long-form style. Plus, for theÂ firstÂ time, all of the information was inÂ oneÂ place.
Tip: If youâ€™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.
4. I practiced what I preached
MyÂ e–bookÂ teaches aboutÂ myÂ 3-part focus frameworkÂ that will help you prioritize with ease and finish what you start. As I was writing theÂ book, I followed that framework.
- Scheduling Intensive Focus time allowed me to align myÂ priorities around completing theÂ e–book.
- Active Focus helped me sit myÂ butt in the chair and write.
- Integrating Passive Focus throughout the process gave me a break from screen time and ensured that I didnâ€™t exhaust myself.
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.
5. Â I had a conversation withÂ myÂ inner perfectionist
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.
â€œHelp me make it beautiful,â€ I said. â€œBut donâ€™t stop me from sharing it with the world.â€
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 thatâ€™s how I did it.Â Thatâ€™s how IÂ wroteÂ myÂ veryÂ firstÂ e–bookÂ in onlyÂ oneÂ week!
Grab your copy of the Finally Focused e-book Â to learn how you can implement the 3-part Focus Framework for a dream project of your own.