Monthly Link roundup - July  2016

Monthly Link Roundup – July 2016

5 Great Links for July

#1 – An Inspiring Book for People Wanting More from LifeThe Happiness of Pursuit - Chris Guillebeau

I have just finished reading The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. He spoke to lots of people who decided to set themselves a quest, not for fame or money, simply for the joy of challenging themselves. The book looks at the reasons why quests are a great idea, how they can impact your life in a positive (and sometimes negative) way and he chronicles the achievements that the different people made.

Chris’ own quest was to travel to every country in the world, which he succeeded in doing.

Click Here for More about The Happiness of Pursuit

#2 – An Inspirational Post on Funding Your Travels with Fiction Writing

I read a financial case study post about a fiction writer called kathryn O’Halloran. It was a really interesting read and provided great inspiration for what is achievable if you are looking to make a full-time living from fiction writing.

Click Here to Read The Post

#3 – A Fun & Funky Song About Love

A song that has been going through my mind is  Love Don’t Cost a Thing, that old 2001 hit song by Jennifer Lopez. I think it is because I saw of her doing Carpool with James Corden. I loved singing those lyrics back in the day and dancing in the club. I hope you enjoy it too.

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#4 – A Free Download from Solosmarts

I added this last month but thought it was important enough to repeat.

Do you find that you get distracted by the next best thing on the market? Check out this free resource called Managing Bright Shiny Object Syndrome from Kelly McCausey. It could help you to curb your ways and reduce your procrastination and distraction.

#5 – A Fun Day at The Day Job

The last couple of weeks we have been enjoying fantastic weather in London. Here is a Chilling at Work on a Hot Daypicture I took of a work colleague and myself, just chilling in the office with our sunglasses on. I posted it to Facebook with the tagline:

It’s super hot outside. Derek and I are rocking the shades indoors because that’s how we roll!

Have Your Say: What was the highlight for July for you? Did you discover anything that you wish to share. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Make Time for Your Fiction Writing Business

How to Make Time for Your Fiction Writing Business

How To Make Time for Your Fiction Writing Business

How to Get Things Done

Do you wonder how you can make time for your Fiction Writing business when you have got other things that take priority like your full time job, your family or other responsibilities?

You have lots of great ideas but you have stalled because you are worried that you do not have enough time to get the work done. Here are 3 simple solutions that have helped me to free up more time and to get things done.

#1 – Wake Up Earlier Each Day

If you have a day job that pays the bills and provides you with health benefits, keep the job while you work on launching and growing your business part time. If it is possible, try and wake up a little earlier in the mornings to work on your business.

For more insights, check out The Miracle Morning for Writers

#2 – Spend Your Lunch Hour Working on Your Writing

Instead of wasting all of your lunch hour reading your Facebook feed or complaining to your work colleagues about how much you hate your job, spend some of that time doing small tasks that will help you with your new story.

I am lucky that there is a library around the corner from work. I pop in there and I aim to write a chapter each day for my story. Sometimes the creativity flows, sometimes it doesn’t but I am trying to create a daily routine so that the time is used effectively.

If you commute to work via train, you can work on your business then, too. My train journey to work is between 35-50 minutes, depending on delays. Some people use this time to put on their make-up or catch up on sleep. I use this time to think about ideas for future blog posts or read kindle books for inspiration and research.

#3 – Turn The TV Off!

How much time do you spend in front of the box? Are you even watching or have you zoned out? Now that you can actually record your favourite programmes, you can choose to watch them at a more appropriate time for you. Use this time to work on your writing or some other aspect of your writing business and it will be far more rewarding than knowing which Kardashian is getting married now. Lol. No, I am not a hater – love ya kim :)

These are small changes that you can make but they could have a huge impact on the progression of your business.

It’s not so much about finding the time but rather, making better use of the time that you have. Even if it is just a fifteen minute slot here and there, it all counts and you can really achieve a lot during these short spurts.

If you have always wanted to start your own online business, whether it is fiction writing or internet marketing, there’s no better time than the present. Today will soon be yesterday and you won’t ever get that opportunity back.

Read The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod & Steven Scott

Have Your Say: Do you use any of these methods to make time for your business? Do you have any other suggestions to add? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Bea Arthur - Inspirational Quote

Inspirational Quote – From Bea Arthur

Inspirational Quote – From Bea Arthur

I loved watching The Golden Girls. Bea Arthur was fantastic as the deadpan funny member of the all girl gang.

Life is Too Short To Waste Time

It is so important to make the most of our time while we can. Spend more time with loved ones and take action to make your dreams a reality.

I know that I am making more of an effort to share precious moments with my dearest friends and family members. I am also working hard on my fiction writing so that my dreams of making money from my passion becomes my reality.

Have Your Say: What do you think about Bea Arthur and her opinion? Are these wise words? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Image – Alan Light

The Miracle Morning Makeover

The Miracle Morning Makeover – My New Morning Routine

The Miracle Morning Makeover

How a Positive Routine Can Change Your Life

I discovered a fantastic book that is helping me to work out how to achieve a positive and productive day where I feel great about what I am doing and the things that I have been able to accomplish.

The Miracle Morning is a book written by Hal Elrod. Now, I am a sucker for a good self-help book and this one is amazing.

What is The Miracle Morning? The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The basic premise is that if you wake up a little bit earlier than you usually do and work through a set of tasks you will feel ready to get on with your day with a positive mental attitude.

The tasks are described using the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. I am finding that going through each one helps to put me in a positive frame of mind where I look forward to the rest of my day and I am excited about the things that are about to come.

There Are Some Challenges – A Girl Needs Her Beauty Sleep

I am not gonna lie. It hasn’t been easy to set my alarm for a hour earlier each day because I love my bed and I love my sleep. But I made a commitment to do it and so far so good. The hardest part is making sure I go to bed early enough so I feel like I have had enough sleep. I am used to going to bed between Midnight and 2am so getting up earlier means I am losing out. But I hope my body clock will adapt so that I feel tired earlier and will head off to bed. I mean, I am usually just wasting time watching crap TV or silly Youtube videos, so it isn’t as if I am missing much right?

This Getting Up Early Feels Great

It has been over month since I started getting up an hour earlier and it actually feels good. I also believe that it is possible for me to get up even earlier and get to work on my business hustle so that I can move towards my goal of learning how to make money writing fiction.

This Is My Miracle Morning Routine – S.A.V.E.R.S

S – SILENCE –  I stay in bed and do some breathing exercises.

A – AFFIRMATION – I get my notebook and write out 3-4 positive affirmations and what I aim to achieve this month.

V – VISUALISATION – I picture what I want my life to be like one year from now.

E – EXCERCISE – I do some stretches. This includes 100 plies, 100 crunches, leg cycling and holding the plank position for a count of 50.

R – READ – I read a chapter from an inspirational book. This makes me feel good about life and its possibilities.

S – SCRIBE –  I write a couple of paragraphs of whatever comes to mind. It could be something I thought about the day before or it could be triggered by the chapter I have just read.

I have re-jigged the order so that it works better for me. I do my reading and writing before my stretches because I can stay in bed longer. Also, once I get up and stretch I can go straight for my shower. Then I am ready to get on with my day. At the moment I am still a little tired but I am in relaxed mode as I head off to shower, change and have breakfast.

How I Aim to Improve My Miracle Morning Daily Routine

Now that I am working on a regular routine for my mornings, I want to try and create a little time where I can do a little work on my side hustle. If I can get into the habit of doing a little something for my business every day, then I will be one step closer to my goal of financial freedom. It could be tough going waking up an extra 30 minutes earlier but the results at the end of the month could be extraordinary!

I’ll be writing a follow up to this post to see how my morning routine has developed. Be sure to sign up below if you are interested in my progress.

Would I Recommend The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod?

I would absolutely recommend this book. It is an easy to read page turner and the concepts are easy to follow so you can not fail.

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I also picked up The Miracle Morning for Writers, which was co-written by Hal and Steve Scott, an expert in creating functional daily life habits.

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Have Your Say: Have you read The Miracle Morning? Do you have a productive set routine that works for you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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