How AuthorDock helps get your work done.
Added by Brian Schwartz over 7 years ago
Q. Why don't we do what we know we need to do?
A. It likely stems from one or more of the following:
- Have I allocated the necessary space & time to complete the task?
- Do I possess all the necessary knowledge, prerequisites, or resources to complete the task?
- Are limited beliefs, false fears, or lack of information prevent me from taking action?
- Have I lost focus? Did I let myself get distracted?
Here's how AuthorDock can help you address these 4 issues.
1. Have I allocated the necessary space & time to complete the task?¶
(If not, what can I eliminate to make space for it?)
Step 1: Put the task on your AuthorDock punchlist, assign an owner to the task and give the task a start & finish date.
2. Do I possess all the necessary knowledge, prerequisites, or resources to complete the task?¶
(If not, do I have enough to partially complete my objective? Is there someone else who can do a better job at the task?)
Step 2: Assign a resource in AuthorDock.
3. Am I living with limiting beliefs, false fears, or letting lack of information prevent me from taking action?¶
This is a biggie. We often don't achieve a desired result because we lack the confidence to step onto the path of uncertainty that lies ahead. We are attached to the outcome and our ego is preventing us from getting started.
(The work will teach you how. Let go of any attachment to the outcome. Trust the path you are on, and no matter what the result, it is the right result for you. Accomplishment often follows failure, re-frame failure as progress!) This is what The Alchemist, one of the best selling books of all time is about. It's about taking the steps, making the mistakes, and learning from your failures.
Step 3: Get to work! Log your time, track your notes in AuthorDock
4. Have I let myself get distracted? Am I truly committed to produce the outcome?¶
Have I let something, someone, or my own lack of discipline get in the way? Has my energy and attention been pulled to the latest ‘bright shiny object’?
(Is the law of diminishing returns in effect? Can you become more disciplined by establishing new habits and thought patterns. Be honest with yourself and admit if your heart is no longer in it.)
Step 4: A timer is a powerful tool to help you stay focused. Close out all distractions until the time is reached when you need to take a break
I created AuthorDock to assist authors in keeping track of the business side of publishing. It enables the author to collaborate with others, adopt successful 'business' plans in use by other authors, and keep priorities top of mind.