Seize The Day, Don’t Let It Seize You – 5 Tips To Taking Charge of Your Work Time

Ever have one of those days when you’d just like to sit back on your heels and do nothing? I have those days, too. Those are the days we must take our dream by its shirt tails and not let go.

Seize the day, or you can bet it will seize you!

When that do nothing attitude has set in, it is time to pick yourself up and seize the day, the opportunities, the dream. It is in those subtle moments that define us as passionate writers with the tenacity for success.

5 Tips To Taking Charge Of Your Work Time:

1. Do Something. So you are not in the moment of your greatest creative mood, but you can take charge of your to do list and narrow it down. By the time you have made a dent in some of those responsibilities, you will have passion and time to write.

2. Be Strategic. Don’t force something that isn’t happening. Work in the area of your strength for that day. Not all days are great editing days. Not all days are great blogging days.

3. Be Focused. One of our greatest challenges is overcoming the distractions that present themselves as we are working. Set Yourself up for limited intrusions.

4. Reflect on the Journey. Go back in time and review the journey that brought you to where you are. If you have pictures or something that represents that time, take them out and look at them. This can refuel your inspiration.

5. Embrace Confidence. Sometimes we fear failure so much that it paralyzes our forward motion. Write your fears on a piece of paper and ask yourself this question: Is God bigger than these fears? Crumple the paper and throw it away. Make a list of dreams God is big enough to fulfill and post it next to your computer.

What do you do when you are struggling with lethargy or lack of motivation?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Seize The Day, Don’t Let It Seize You – 5 Tips To Taking Charge of Your Work Time

  1. Robin says:

    This is literally exactly what I needed to read right now. I am having one of those days. I took the dog for a 2-mile walk, thinking it would help, but I still wasn’t being productive. But now I’m taking your advice and switching directions, at least for a few hours. Thanks for the great tips!

  2. I’m there as well. Got to hot last week and haven’t recovered, then today I went to the doctor with my hip and he gave me an injection in my knee. Go figure. lol. I have so many projects started like pottery and knitting that I just switch gears until I can’t stand to not write anymore. And that’s where I am tonight. Will set my clock to get up at 5 to write!

    Great post, Michelle!

  3. Barb says:

    I had several of those days this week – thanks for the good advice. I especially liked the first two. Two often I try to force something that’s not working all day in writing, then put it away and it comes easily the next day – i just need to start putting it away sooner!

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