I can’t get my writing done because my life is just too chaotic right now.
Could these be your words? I know I’ve had these thoughts myself. We think we must have large blocks of time totally dedicated to writing. All the conditions must be perfect. The truth is, all of us have some time to write. We just haven’t learned to order our time to fit it in. Julie-Allyson Ieron is a writer-publisher and former mentor for Christian Writers Guild. Her book, Conquering the Time Factor: Twelve Myths That Steal Life’s Precious Moments, will change your thinking about your time and how you use it.
The twelve myths she examines are common “reasons” people give for not getting things done. In the first chapter, she addresses my number one problem, “I can’t say No.” Julie analyzes why we might feel that way, referring to the Bible to examine how Jesus dealt with this myth. A theme that runs through the entire book is that God has something specific for each of us to do. He has provided the time for us to accomplish it. We are responsible for ordering our time so that we can get it done. Often, it’s not a time problem, it’s a priority problem.
Another myth that I struggle with is “I just need a week without interruption.” In fact, I have experienced most of the twelve myths in my writing journey. Julie has accomplished a great deal using the techniques outlined in the book. She worked in a publishing house while writing in her “spare” time. She appears on radio and television, speaks at writers conferences and women’s retreats, and runs her own publishing business while serving as caregiver for family members. The tips she provides are truly proven in her own life.
The original edition of Conquering the Time Factor came out in 2003 and is still available on Julie’s website. The e-book has been updated with a Bible study guide for a 12-week study of the material in the original book’s chapters. If you purchase the e-book, you have permission to print copies of certain portions for use in a study group. You can purchase and/or examine the table of contents and a portion of the first chapter on Amazon at this link.