Famous 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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