My friend Ryan is a professional motivational speaker who does sales coaching and life coaching. Last night he took me to dinner. We talked about how messy corners of my personal life have been affecting my ability to revise the manuscript I'm working on. Logically, my best writing comes when I feel my best. So he gave me some tips on how to avoid negative triggers and thoughts and maximize positive triggers and thoughts.
Normally, in the morning, the first thing I do is get up, check my email and post a question. Through our conversation last night, we determined that checking my email can trigger negative thoughts, "Like there's so much to do," or "more bills to pay," or whatever. And at the very least, checking email right away is a fabulous way to get sidetracked and distracted by anything but writing.
So to avoid that negative trigger, instead of checking email right away, I pulled out the latest notes on my manuscript, read them and went for a walk. I pondered them the whole way and figured out how to solve a timing issue, a plot issue and how to add more tension in several chapters. Then I went home and wrote until right now.
The easy lesson here is that by just shaking up my rountine, I got great results.
So can you think of any ways to shake up your routine to maximize your results?
4 years ago