Reality Blog: Take 10 Minutes to Fire-Up Your Day

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time_under_magnifying_glassFamous TV chef, Anthony Bourdain, probably doesn’t even boil water before going through his preparation rituals.

Everything in its place may be his mantra. He studies his recipe, selects his tools and equipment, and assembles the ingredients in proper measurements before beginning.

In other words, he creates an action plan.

“The universe is in order when our station is set … ” he writes in his book, Kitchen Confidential.

Isn’t the single most important ingredient for successful freelance web writers also planning?

We don’t work in a kitchen, but we still need to collect our thoughts, assemble our research, and measure our time.

But what do most of us do when we first close our office door to the world?

  • Turn on email
  • Check phone messages
  • Shove books and papers to the side of the desk (well, maybe not you)
  • Gravitate in a zombie-like state to Facebook

As our day progresses, time has slipped away. We react to other people’s wants. Our brain becomes mush.

Another unproductive, unprofitable, and very sad day.

Yes, my friends, this is often the reality of (almost) living the writer’s life.

But it doesn’t need to be if we put a little extra effort into the first 10 minutes of the day.

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Marianne Foscarini

Helps Christian business owners improve their online presence and increase their customer base and profits through online/website/SEO content marketing and social media presence

5 Comments

  • Great ideas Marianne and I liked the analogy with Anthony Bourdain. Also I will definitely implement your ideas about finding the gaps and starting with an action verb. Without action, nothing gets rolling.

    • Thanks, Dede. I find the action verb idea a great tool. It’s the little tips and tricks that often help move us forward the most.

  • Very helpful, Marianne. I know this works, but it takes self-discipline. Earl Nightingale wrote on this very subject. I bought his course 30 years ago, and the best idea of the series was to prioritize the next day’s projects. However, he said to set it in writing before leaving your office for the day.
    The active verb will certainly help. But focus is the key to stay on track.
    You covered it all. Thank you.

    Royce

    • That is so true, Royce. Self discipline means effort we often don’t want to do. I find it no coincidence that the 9-part list of character building mentioned in the “Fruit of the Spirit” in the Bible (Galatians 5:22) has self-control at the very end of the list. It takes a life time to get there! The tips and strategies people like Earl Nightingale share with us are like pieces of gold. Some people create their action list at night and some do it in the morning. I remember my grandmother (who was very clean and organized) said that sometimes she preferred to leave the dinner dishes to the morning because she could do it so much faster when she was rested. She didn’t have a dishwasher back then. But even today, people have their own clocks and schedules they work best in. Thanks for sharing, Royce.

  • Hi Marianne!
    Great ideas, and another thing I need to be doing more of!
    As Royce mentioned, I’ve had some success with doing it the night before as well.
    I don’t have any research on this, but I think that having the list down on paper the night before helps your mind/subconscious start to work on it, and I find I sometimes have some new ideas in the morning!
    But, as with most things, I think the doing is more important than the when! 🙂
    Cheers and thanks,
    Jim

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