Writing Goals and Mono Tasking

That’s right, one thing at a time. For years I’ve prided myself on being a wonderful multi-tacker. In my late 20’s I was a single mum, working full time and completing a Masters Degree all at the same time. Now that takes some doing but…

it took it’s toll on my health and my relationship with my young son.  Something had to give and I know at my cost that there is a price to pay for everything.  But I continued to convince myself I could handle all the spinning plates for years and years. It’s not until now, when I have more ‘free’ time than I’ve ever had that I’ve realised I was fooling myself, and it’s been 9 years since we moved to Italy far away from the chains of the ‘normal day job’.

“You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus effectively on two things at once.”
― Gary Keller

Recently, I came across this article on the Myth of Multitasking and it couldn’t ring truer. It’s only a short piece, so make time to read it and ask yourself if you really are a successful at multi-tasking. I also think that this is an issue for women, more so than men, though I’m sure many will shout me down about that. 

So, as I mentioned in my last blog, for 2017 I’m going to be picking up the threads (and there are a lot of them!) from my Daisy Chain Publishing Plan. I have four Works in Progress to edit, polish and publish and a second series of the Good Expat Life (soon to morph into the Good Nomad Life, but more on that later). And I’m going to concentrate on one of them at a time, instead of my usual octupus approach of spinning plates and then watching in amazement as they fall to the floor smashed into smithereens.

But, I did promise a publication link in my last post and I have an apology to make. 2016 continued to control my path and December was no different. As you will see from this post on My Writer Within, it was a positive diversion and now I have a Writing Room all of my own, where I will mono task to my delight!

What plans have you got for 2017 and how do you envisage achieving them?

Until Later,


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