Day one of passive income challenge: schedule it out

I am AWFUL with procrastination. Seriously, if I don’t have deadlines reigning me in or specific timeframes in which to finish my tasks, I’m just all over the place, and I get little to nothing done.

So, when I was researching how to write a book and found a tip to plan a writing schedule, I was all over it. That sounds like just what I need to plow through this passive income challenge with successful results, so I’m going to give it a shot. Every weekday afternoon, from 1-3:00, I’m going to focus all of my energy on getting my book written. This also happens to coincide with my daughter’s naptime, so the lack of distraction will help my creativity immensely, I’m sure. 🙂

I also came to this conclusion based on the fact that I feel two hours is about my threshold for time away from other working activities. Plus, I plan to write a chapter each day when I actually get to the writing stage (next week), and I think two hours will be just enough time for me to get my thoughts out on paper (or word processor, as the case will be). Keep in mind that this won’t include editing time, which I plan to tackle at the end of my project.

If you’re following along, think now about how long you think you want your book to be. Will seven chapters be enough? Does 100 pages seem like a satisfactory amount? If you prefer to think in terms of word count, are you aiming for 60,000 words (which would translate into roughly 150 pages, depending on font size/graphics/etc.)? Think about an acceptable length in your mind, and then consider how long you think it will take you to get there. Consider when you want to publish your book. Do you want to get it done within 30 business days (about six calendar weeks), as I’m aiming to do, or would you be happy with a deadline six months from now? That will also help you determine how much time you need to devote each day. Your daily time allowance might be different than mine…maybe you can get it done in an hour each day, or perhaps you want to devote 3 or 4 hours per day to this project.

You will also have to think about what any current time commitments you’re willing to give up to write your book. You’ll have to find time in your day somehow, so maybe you will decide that your housework can take a back burner for a few weeks, or you can DVR your favorite TV shows to catch up on later and work on your writing in the evenings. It can be hard to put things aside, but I’m just trying to remember that while we will need to give something up to reach our goals, this is temporary…in the next month or so, we can go back to our regular routine. And if we create a great book, we may even be able to open up more free time in our schedule, thanks to all of the passive income flowing in. 🙂

Oh, and I forgot to mention this before, but if you follow along and post any of your own questions or comments about your progress, you just might find yourself mentioned in an upcoming book (with a link back to your site, of course). A little free publicity is always nice, isn’t it? 🙂

So how’s about it…care to share your passive income plans? Do you plan to set a daily or weekly schedule for yourself? When would you like to have this project completed? Just click the Comments link below to start spillin’ the beans! 🙂

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  • Darlene

    Hi Tammi,

    First, I wanted to tell you that I have been anxiously awaiting February 1st 🙂

    I have actually already written out my chapter titles, and sections for my book. My book is at this point in time is going to be two sections, each with 9 chapters. Sometimes I wonder if that is a bit over-ambitious. Only time will tell, I suppose.

    Since there is going to be a lot of content in the book, I am not sure if one month will work for me. While the notion of having my book completed in one month is grand, the reality is, that may be pushing it.

    So, with that in mind, I have decided upon a 2 month deadline for my book to be written. This does not take into account editing and revisions, which I believe I will outsource – since I am not a professional writer by any sense of the word.

    Schedule wise – I plan to devote 3 days out of the week to my book. With a maximum of two hours carved out each day for writing. So, there you have it, my plan is set. Now to get moving. 🙂

  • Tammi

    Hi Darlene,

    I’m so glad you’re taking on this passive income challenge too, and thanks for sharing what you’re up to! I definitely don’t think you’re over-ambitious with your content; thorough would be a better word, and your book is going to be all the better for it. Sounds like you have a well-planned out schedule, and I can’t wait to hear more about your progress in the coming months! 🙂

  • janny226

    Let me see. I’ve got my eye on one workbook that needs to be updated anyway. It’s about 30 pages long, I’d like to spend 30 mins a day, 4 days a week. 11 sections, one section per day, that’s 3 weeks (highly likely I’ll lose a day). Soo. Feb 24, I’d like to have it updated. Write a TOC, fix formatting, it’d be awesome to be done by the 26th.. which also happens to be my birthday. A gift to myself … potential passive income!

  • Tammi

    A very nice gift indeed! 🙂

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