It’s easy to convince yourself you’re living the lifestyle you want and doing the things you want to do.
It’s easy to say, “I’m totally knackered but it’s worth it! This is the entrepreneur’s life!” And sometimes, it is.
Like when I’m just at the end of a project. Now, for instance: I’m in the final stages of writing How The Hell Do You Write A Book? and I need a last big push.
I have resources to create, a website to build, and a pre-order system to pop up. Then, when I get my beta readers’ suggestions back, I’ll have a final edit to do.
That’s a lot of work in a short time, and I’m okay with that.
But that’s not how I want my life to be all the time and I don’t want to be working 24/7 even during these little sprints.
If we find ourselves flat-out all the time, though, it’s tough to admit things aren’t quite going our way – so we convince ourselves (but not everyone else) that this is the way we want things to be.
I’m an entrepreneur, dontcherknow! I live for 10X hustles!
Not today, Satan!
Today, Joe and I booked a day together. I don’t know when was the last time we just spent a day together having fun. Don’t misunderstand me: renovating the house is fun, we’re enjoying it enormously… but I mean pointless fun.
So today we’re off to Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, which is 14 acres of ancient woodland, Roman open-cast iron ore mining traces, and all manner of delights.
They film Dr Who there often. Star Wars: The Force Awakens did some filming there. It’s basically a giant magical wood where I think the Magic Faraway Tree probably is.
If I don’t come back tomorrow, it’s because I found Silky and Moon-face and followed them to the land of Do-What-You-Want.
(Although I’m already in the land of Do-What-You-Want – and so are you. Perhaps you’ve forgotten… I do, sometimes, which is when I find myself a slave to my business.)
Do you have a day to yourself? A day when you can just play, on your own or with your partner or your kids or your pets? Where you don’t have to worry about work or business or responsibilities or chores?
Maybe it’s time to build one into your schedule. It is possible. You can run your business, write a book, be there for your family, and have time for you.
If you’re struggling to see how, and you’d love to write a book but don’t think you have time, book an Author Planning Session with me for just £250 and we’ll figure it out. Email me and tell me you’re in: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please do share any articles from this site in part or in full — as long as you leave all links intact, give credit to the author, and include a link to this website and the following bio. Vicky is a gin-quaffing, pole-dancing, trapeze-swinging copywriter who writes about the perils and joys of writing, velociraptor training, and running a small business. She writes this stuff on her websites vickyfraser.com and cookiesforbreakfast.co.uk. She’s the author of one book (with two more in utero) and teaches small business owners how to write copy that sells, and how to be more fecking interesting. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
PS My Authors-in-Training have told me the planning session was a bit of a game-changer.
It took them from “I have no idea how or when I can do this” to “Goodness, look how much time I have – and I still have a life, too!”
Because I will not let you sacrifice the most important stuff – time with family and yourself – to your business.
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