Somewhat ironically in this second week of writing The Churning I have found myself making slow progress. Or slower than I would have liked.
This is ironic because I have been working on the section on Inner Leadership, and the specific chapter to do with “Centre and Ground”.
It appears I have been giving myself a lesson on what I need to write.
I see two distinct factors that have led to this, and which I can learn from.
The first is that I have been skipping my own grounding exercises each morning. The priority seemed to be to ‘get on’ and write. But this didn’t work.
Towards the end of the week I reintroduced those grounding activities and although that seemed to mean that I was putting back the time when I “started work” each day, in actual fact the result was that I then made better progress.
The second factor is that I have been distracting myself with the news: first the attacks by Israel on Gaza, and then the shooting down of flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine.
When I am writing I have no externally-imposed deadlines, no external customers to satisfy. My need for ‘Inner Leadership’ is at a premium, which makes me a great benchmarking opportunity for others. And means that this writing is an even greater learning opportunity for me!
Clearly this week I have been giving myself a lesson on something very relevant to what I was working on: to how not to be distracted by outside events.
I wonder what it might be…
On the other hand, I have also created something I wasn’t expecting to this week. In just a couple of hours I put together a structure for a series of worksheets (in Excel) that will act as supporting tools for readers: a series of simple forms and tables that will correspond to the exercises laid out in each chapter. I wasn’t expecting to do this, and it is looking good, so I am pleased with that.
The tools will make it easier for people to carry out the exercises (which after all are the point of the book). As they work through, the forms will automatically pull together some of the key answers to build a “summary sheet” at the end. A kind of vision of what matters most to each reader, and how they are going to achieve it.
This will then help people stay focused as they move forward. And, with hindsight, it would have helped me address my second issue and keep me focused.
(I wonder whether there is a way to build it as an app, rather than a spreadsheet…)