Setting priorities can be very difficult for many people. As you start to really think about writing a book, it may be hard to envision where you’re going to find the time, or how writing a book is going to fit in with your bigger goals in life. One of the best ways to decide whether or not your desire to write a book is in line with your life goals is to sit down and take a good long look at your life goals and decipher what it is you’re doing on a daily basis to achieve them.
Before you can do anything else, you really need to make a list of both necessities and desires. Jot down a list of the things that are important to you and the things that need to happen; dig deep! Find all of the things that make you happy, and create end goals for yourself. If you didn’t have anything on your plate throughout the day, what are the things that would leave you feeling truly fulfilled? How would you spend your days if you had the opportunity to do anything? The answer to this question is often very helpful in identifying those things that are most important in your life. Ask yourself why you want to write a book; is it a leisure activity that you enjoy, or do you view it more as a career enhancing opportunity? The way that you view this endeavor is going to impact the way in which you carry it out.
Go through your list to create simplified versions of your dreams. Nearly everything you want is attainable, it’s all about finding the right route to get you there. If you’ve decided that writing is a leisure activity, plan a few hours per day or week to sit down and be alone with your thoughts and words. If you see your book more as an accompaniment to a healthy career, you may want to set aside more time for your writing.
As with all goals, you get what you put in. Writing a book can fit in with your life goals fairly easily, but it does require energy, time and dedication on your part. By making writing a priority, you will be well on your way to achieving the goals you’ve set in place for yourself.