Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I’m Peddling as Fast as I Can by Tina Radcliffe

I'm sure this doesn't apply to anyone we know, **wink** but when it comes to getting things done, some people run out of hours in the day and days in the week. So today, Tina Radcliffe shares some things she's learned from "the school of sinking fast." -- Sandy

Tina: Busy is a relative term. We’re all busy, and at times we all get to that place where panic begins to set in and despite peddling faster, we’re sinking…fast.

I’m a graduate of the school of sinking fast, and yet, a complete optimist. Having weathered many overwhelming days in my personal and professional life, I have learned that the same game plan still works.

1. Eat elephants

Stop. Take a deep breath. Now, what’s the single most important task at hand?
One foot in front of the other. Do the task and then take a deep breath and do the next one.
I have Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog in audio, video, e-book and print book. The single most life changing thing I have learned from his book is this: How do you eat an elephant? One step at a time.
That seems very simplistic, but your success in life is based on your ability to determine what’s most important.

Eating elephants time is also a signal to cling to Scripture. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

2. Plan for the worst

Create deadlines and sub-deadlines for yourself. Know your limitations inside and out. Then plan for the worst-those times when circumstances are not in your control.

During those times your life preserver will be the simple fact that you thoroughly know your limitations. It’s the only way you can realistically create a plan B.

How many hours of sleep can you survive on? How many pages could you write per day if you had to? How much time do you need to get the job done? At minimum you should know how fast you can write a synopsis, a chapter, a book, when the pressure is on.

This is one of the best reasons to enter writing contests if you are an unpublished author. It forces you to meet deadlines. Deadlines to enter and deadlines to finish the manuscript if you are a finalist.

3. Develop a routine.

Routines may seem inconsequential and boring but they can save your buns more times than not. If you ALWAYS put your car keys on the hook, they will ALWAYS be there. If you ALWAYS put your security badge for work in the middle pocket of your purse, it will ALWAYS be there.

And if you ALWAYS write one thousand words before you get to check email you will ALWAYS have thirty thousand words at the end of any given month.

Your routine should include avoiding the tendency to please people by saying yes instead of ‘let me get back to you.’ Don’t over promise either.  Better to under promise and then over deliver.


That’s it! A simple, three step plan to get you peddling, and back on track.  What’s your plan for when life becomes overwhelming?

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The Doctor and the Cowboy
 
Stranded at single father Dan Gallagher's ranch during a Colorado blizzard, Dr. Beth Rogers is counting the days till the roads are clear. She can't wait to leave for her exciting new life in New York. But suddenly the big-city doctor is delivering babies in log cabins, helping to feed newborn calves and teaching Dan's little girl to play hymns on the piano. No-nonsense Beth even throws a snowball or two at the handsome, love-shy cowboy. She thought she had her heart set on leaving, so why does she dream of Dan asking her to stay forever?





Tina Radcliffe writes fun, inspirational romance for Love Inspired. She is a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award finalist in the short novel category, with her first Paradise book, Mending the Doctor’s Heart. Her latest Paradise book, Stranded with the Rancher is a September release. She’s also teaching Self-Editing for Beginners in October in Seekerville’s Night Classes.

25 comments:

  1. All great tips, Tina! I'm a routine type of gal, so #3 is never an issue. It's the first two that trip me up sometimes. lol.
    STRANDED WITH THE RANCHER sounds delicious!

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    1. Good morning, Dora! I find myself constantly biting off more than I can chew, so I often have to take a deep breath and remember those steps. Thanks for the kind words on Stranded with the Rancher.

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  2. I can only type a limited amount a day. It's getting in the chair that's the issue. Thanks for the tips, Tina.

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    1. Varying the location of th echair helps me, Julie. Sometimes the desk, sometimes the kitchen chair. :)

      Good to see you and your pewter to silver shining haired self today.

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  3. I struggle with that elephant. I look at the plate of meat in front of me and want to gag. Must remember: One. Bite. At. A. Time. And breathe! :) Thanks, Tina.

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    1. Seriously. The first time I learned this was as an RN on a busy medical floor. Talk about multiple in your face priorities. I'd stop, take a huge breath and tell myself that freezing doesn't get it done. One thing at a time and it will all get done.

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  4. Loved this post, Tina! And I really needed it. I just started Step 3 last week and it's really increased my writing time. If I schedule it on my calendar, I am more likely to respect it. And if I respect it and keep it, then those around me are more likely to do it, too.

    Thanks so much for this!

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    1. That 1000 words a day is STILL the hardest thing. I can come up with a dozen valid things to do first. There is a 1k1H group on FB for those who need help with that goal.

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  5. I love this post, Tina. These are overwhelming times for me and my faith because our young friend is battling a fatal brain tumor. The many contributors to this blog have such amazing trust and I feel my shortcomings. But I'm working on it. I love the premise of your book. Colorado in the snow is just so wondrous ...toss in a cowboy and I'm so there. Best wishes ,

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    1. I'm so sorry about your friend, Tanya. Believe me, we all struggle with those faith and trust shortcomings. I think it's part of walking that walk. Life is a series of ups and downs.

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  6. Thanks, Tanya! I use an index card for prayer requests. Love crossing the requests off as God takes care of them. As a former oncology RN, I got very overwhelmed by all the needs. Prayer and common sense partnered are always the answer, aren't they?

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  7. Time management has always been an issue for me, including when it comes to writing. When I was in high school, writing was THE most important thing for me, above homework, above watching tv...but now it seems to be very low on the priority list. Last Tuesday I started a work-at-home position with good pay, and I wondered how I was ever going to find time to write, along with everything else here at home (I know there are folks on here who work full-time and write and have a great family life; told you I have a time management problem!). Well, that job ended as of 7:20 yesterday morning, and I have been wandering around like (using one of my mom's favorite sayings) "a chicken with its head cut off" (sorry, Ruthy!).

    I don't have the "hang the keys up in the same place every time" issue because I've been doing that for years. It's everything else. so will reread your post. Again and again. Thanks, Tina!

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  8. Melanie, you can do it. I struggle daily as well. Take it one step or ine bite st s time!

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  9. Lol. Fat fingers on iphone. Should read. One bite. One step at a time. Why is it I can type. 90 wpm on my puter and only 10 on my phone??

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  10. Thank you, Tina! So good to see your sparkling smile!

    Your advise is always rock solid. You are the star of getting things done. I smile and think of you as I hear "Never give up! Never surrender!" when I need motivation. This applies to all of life's challenging situations.

    I'll add Psalm 28:7 to my list of verses for strength and trust. I've always repeated Proverbs 3:5-6 in overwhelming times. No wonder I LOVED Mending the Doctor's Heart! :) And I LOVE Paradise, Colorado! So I'll be returning there with Stranded with the Rancher on my list. I do know those Colorado snow storms! Beautiful cover!

    Congratulations on your nominations and ALL your success! You are truly a blessing! I'm so anticipating Night Class. Thanks for everything!

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    1. Thanks, Sherida! I hope I'm writing Paradise stories for a long time!

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  11. Oh, boy ... I struggle with number 3 when it comes to scheduling my writing time. I'm working on getting away from feeling that I need to have "everything else" done - like e-mail - before I write. I know it comes down to giving myself permission to put other things aside for a short time.

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  12. I actually keep my to do list on an Excel spreadsheet. A is the most important,then B and so on.

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  13. Fantastic advice, Tina! Fun to find you here at Seriously Write today! (And I gave myself permission to blog hop because I surpassed my 1K goal for the afternoon.)

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    1. Write a few extra for me, Myra. :) Congratulations!

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    2. Myra! My favorite 2014 Maggie finalist!! Wpot for being in the ZONE!!!

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  14. Speaking of running out of time, I meant to drop by earlier! Your posts are always such an encouragement. Looking forward to your self editing course.

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  15. Terri! Another writer with a very busy life. Good to see you here. Thanks for the kind words as well.

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