Time Management: How Did It Get So Late So Soon?


Time Flies…Sometimes In the Wrong Direction

This week on The Writing Biz we began a discussion on time management. My guests were Ryan J. Rhoades, who teamed up with co-author, Lany Sullivan to write a great book on time management, Stop Wasting Time & Burning Money, and Charlotte Pierce, owner of Pierce Press, an indie publishing firm that works to guide authors through publishing and marketing of their books.

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Before we get into the show itself, I wanted to explain why I decided to do a two-part series on time management. I believe that many authors start a book because they have a great idea for a story, not to make money. I also believe that many authors may not have experience in business. That being said, they not have the skills that are necessary to manage their time wisely. Taking the time now to develop these skills will pay off when they are going through publishing, marketing and selling their book.. That is why before we move on to other topics that can help you run your writing business, I think it is imperative that you begin to manage your time in a way that is productive.

7:38 Your bedroom closet and your schedule may have more in common than you think?

8:40 Using a map to find time

12:20 It’s Charlotte’s Birthday!!!!!!!

13:00 What is it that you WANT to do?

14:25 Fear. The boogie man under the bed and how he can keep us from doing what we love.

16:08 Collaborating can help you save time and share resources.

18:05 It starts with an idea.

20:16 Getting into the basics.

22:03 Two Column Lists

22:33 It takes 30 days to create a habit. That’s it.

23:18 Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the most organized of us all?

24:09 Make your phone do the work.

24:48 Why timers work.

26:10 Social media is imperative to your success as a writer but it can also be a huge time waster.

27:09 Ryan is right. Think of it as Time Mastery not Time Management

27:27 When do you do your best work?

28:42 Lee Rickler makes a great point. If you are using too many tools to manage your time you end up wasting time!

28:56 Lee Rickler again… do one of the little jobs that you put off each day!

29:00 If the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is eat a live frog… then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day.

29:33 How private hangouts can help you get stuff done and avoid a lot of time wasting phone calls and emails!

30:28 I am not a lunatic. Most of us don’t finish everything on our daily to-do lists.

31:15 Why goals are the key to mastering (see what I did there, Ryan?) your time.

31:45 Think about your choices.

33:21 Change the way you look at a problem. Take smaller actions and soon you will find you have taken care of the situation.

35:11 Family first. If you get that right you have started to get your priorities in line.

36:39 Outsourcing and delegation. DO IT!!!!

37:49 Using the Pomodoro Technique

38:40 Pamela Barroway- Turn it off! If you really want to focus turn off all the distractions.

41:00 Focus@Will is a game-changer.

41:22 Try things until you find what works for YOU.

43:45 How Ryan changed how he thought about life and his business.

46:03 Give time to yourself.

49:09 Don’t forget to take care of YOU! Physically, emotionally and spiritually,

50:31 The rowing queen, Charlotte shares her escape that allows her to clear her head.

52:06 Ryan’s not so secret, secret.

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Ryan J. Rhoades is CEO of Reformation Designs. Reformation Designs is a full-range graphic design firm with clients that have appeared in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, been on Oprah, released albums, published best selling books, and done lots of other awesome things. One of their clients is Jack Canfield, best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul & The Success Principles.
Ryan is a busy guy with a successful business and we are lucky to have him as a guest this week. Ryan and Lany Sullivan have teamed up to write soon-to-be -released book, “Stop Wasting Time and Burning Money”. You can find the book at http://reformationdesigns.com/

You Can Connect with Ryan:

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/1/+RyanJRhoades

Twitter at @ReformDesigns 

LinkedIn at www.linkin.com/ryanjrhoades

Charlotte Pierce views her Pierce Press authors as collaborators and partners. Her company, Pierce Press publishes print and electronic books under three imprints: DayTripper Books (travel & family), GiggleQuick Books (children’s), and Peeragogy Books (alternative education). Pierce Press also performs publishing coaching, marketing, and video production services for nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals. Charlotte is co-president of Independent Book Publishers of New England (IPNE). Charlotte hosts Indie Office Hours, a live-streaming show about the publishing process, and Face the Book TV, which focuses on books, authors, and the writing process.

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You Can Connect with Charlotte:

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+CharlottePierce

Twitter at @PiercePress

LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/piercepress

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/charlottepierce

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/daytripperdiva

Website: www.piercepress.com   and www.ipne.org


Laura Williams of Goodinklings.  Laura is the owner of Goodinklings, a content marketing and social media agency in Florida. Laura works with businesses around the country and in the UK developing written content for websites, press releases, articles, and blogging. She works with companies and individuals to create results-oriented marketing solutions.

She also hosts The Writing Biz a Hangout On Air that helps authors develop the skills they need to run their business. SUBSCRIBE to The Writing Biz YouTube channel.

You Can Connect with Laura:

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+LWilliamsgoodinklings

Twitter at @GoodInklings

LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-williams/62/69a/4a5

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/laurabwilliamsdesigns

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/goodinklings/

Website: www.goodinklings.com


The Book: Stop Wasting Time and Burning Money by Lany Sullivan and  Ryan J. Rhoades 

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