I read an article the other day on time management and it emphasized the importance of saying no and turning down projects which aren’t sufficiently urgent or beneficial in order to focus on the tasks that are.
This has been the big lesson for me the first half of 2013. Up until this year, I rarely turned down any project or opportunity because either I couldn’t afford to or it didn’t make sense to. But the past six months that’s changed and I’ve paid for it. I’ve felt stretched far too thin. And for the first time ever, I find myself emailing people back and saying, “Thank you, but no.”
It’s a good problem to have, a good lesson to have to learn. It signifies a certain level of success. And while there are quite a few stressed-out hours from this spring that in hindsight were unnecessary, the business will be better for it.
So with that, I’ve decided to take a hiatus from blog posting for the month of June. As of next Monday, I will be free of all of my previous commitments and I plan on using the coming month to focus on the new book that I’m horribly behind schedule on writing.
The book has proven to be a beast of a project. In my opinion, the quality of it, both in terms of depth of content and writing, is on a whole different level of anything I’ve done before. But unfortunately, that means it’s coming out slowly… and painfully. My goal is to get most of a solid draft done this coming month and hopefully have it released by the end of summer.
Also, during the next month Models will be updated for what is hopefully the final time. I want to clean up some of the language and science in the beginning of it, add some more chunks on vulnerability and excise a lot of the unnecessary style, health and lifestyle advice that makes the book a little bit long.
The language will also be revised in Models to make the advice in it as cross-cultural as possible, as I’ll be having it translated into some foreign languages the second half of this year.
(Yes, everyone who has bought the book before will receive the new version for free.)
In the meantime, there will still be some updates on the site this coming month. I’ll be posting videos from my recent speaking tour here and you may see a couple guest posts go up while I’m away.
See you in July.