I’m a writer, with a home, a family, two cats, and until recently, a full-time job, and all the other stuff that goes along with organising a life. I’ve published two novels so far (in 2003 and 2004 with Headline Review) and some nonfiction books. I’ve also published short stories, poetry and essays. I wrote my PhD about the cultural significance of hair, believe it or not, because it totally fascinates me.
I need to find more time in my life for my writing and other important things, so figured I would find out what works and share it, so that my readers can also find time to do the stuff that really matters. So on this blog you’re going to find useful productivity tips that will help you to do what you love. Because I’m a writer, I also blog about the writing process, particularly finding time to do your writing – so you’ll find a mix of writing and productivity on here.
I believe that you can take any task, goal, ambition, dream – whatever it is – and break it down into small manageable steps, until you get to something that you could do today. I believe that breaking your thing down into small steps will help you to take action rather than simply thinking ‘what if?’ or ‘if only I could’. Unlike some productivity gurus, I’m not going to ask you to pretend that you don’t have a life (a job, partner, kids, disability, caring responsibilities, or whatever it is for you) that sometimes gets in the way of the things you really want to do. In fact, why would anyone want to pretend that people don’t have busy, interesting, enjoyable, and sometimes frustrating, lives to lead?
I recently gave up my job because I decided, after my dad died in 2016, that I really, really wanted to write, spend time with my family, pick up my son from school, go to the sea, do yoga, dance, draw, sing, breathe, cook, and generally look after myself better – not necessarily in that order. So the Small Steps blog is a way of describing how I’m learning to find time to do those things (as well as make a living) and sharing some tips along the way. ‘I try out productivity tips so you don’t have to’, if you like, with a twist of ‘how to write’ thrown in.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Louise, July 2017