For most of last year I kept saying I would read Jeff’s manuscript and then I wouldn’t follow through. I decided to use my planning process to create an intention and action steps that would work for me. Steps I could commit to and do consistently. First I journaled why I was resistant to reading it, what wasn’t working for me? I felt overwhelmed with reading materials for work and pleasure, I didn’t want to read it on the computer so that meant printing it out. I didn’t want to read it at night in bed as that was my novel reading time. Hmmmmm…
As I kept writing I had an AHA! moment; I could read it when I exercised! I always read on the treadmill, Elliptical, and ski machine and yes I would commit to reading a portion of the manuscript every time. Next, I put it on my calendar and on my ‘board’ on my wall; 3-4 days a week 45 mins each session. As I kept working through the steps I had another AHA! moment: I would print it out and have it spiral bound at Staples so it was all together and easier to handle. This proved to be a brilliant idea as it also made Jeff ‘see’ how much 300 plus pages are and in spiral binding it looks and feels like a real book so he was thrilled to see it manifested! Two weeks in and I’m halfway through this first draft!
I read at Planet Fitness on Tuesday: 25 minutes Elliptical & 20 minutes ski machine but I forgot my camera to get a pix of me there. So Jeff took a pix of me on our home treadmill with the manuscript to share on OTV.
Any action steps you’re ready to lace up and commit to?