If I were to ask you why you haven’t written a book, I’m guessing the most common answer would be that there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day.

There are people with children, businesses, extended families, and any other life picture you can imagine. Yet, they are published authors who had the same busy life you do, and they were able to write their book. What’s the difference?

I believe that the fundamental difference is how much you value what you have to say. And that stems from how you value yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. So, make yourself your highest priority. Schedule an hour a day when you do nothing but sit down to write. Block the time out in your calendar. Let the people in your life know that it’s a sacred time for you. And don’t give in to the pressure that you will surely feel when you are making changes to the forces that keep you from doing what you need to take care of yourself.

You will be amazed at how much you can write in an hour. When you consistently write each day, you will make significant progress in your manuscript and your mastery of the writing craft.

The next exercise to write about: List three reasons or people who have kept you from making time for yourself to write. Write about what you can do to overcome these challenges and carve space for yourself to write.