People all around the world add “write a book” to their list of resolutions at the start of each year. By July many forgot they made that promise to themselves. Life gets busy and responsibilities start to stack up. Dreams of becoming an author slip to the wayside—only to be dusted off at the onset of another new year.

Did you promise yourself you would finish a writing project this year and stalled out somewhere between January and now? Don’t worry, there’s still time to focus back in and accomplish your writing goals before 2019 comes to an end. Here are a few tips to reset your writing intentions and follow through on your writing dreams.

5 Ways to Reignite Your Writing Routine

Remind yourself of your goal.

The first step in getting your writing groove back is to remind yourself why you want to write and what writing goal you want to accomplish. If your original goal was to write a novel in 2019, and that seems overwhelming now that it’s August, be flexible and set a smaller goal like writing a short story or novella-length book instead.

Make a list noting why your writing goal is important to you.

It’s important to know the driving force behind your goals. Write down a list of reasons why you want to follow through on your writing goals. That will help fuel your passion—especially when the going gets tough.

Write down three small actions you can take this week to get closer to accomplishing your goal.

These actions should be tasks you can complete in an hour or less each. Don’t overload yourself with time-consuming tasks right out of the gate. This will only hinder your progress in the long-term. Get the feel of a few wins under your belt with three simple tasks, then expand your to-do list and your time to include more labor-intensive work.

What action can you create time today to accomplish?

Out of those three tasks you set above, choose one task you can make time today to complete. When you complete that task, celebrate your accomplishment.

Set a deadline for completing the other two actions this week.

Just setting three tasks to complete this week isn’t enough. Sit down with your calendar and allot time to complete the other two tasks you created for yourself. Once you have completed those original three tasks, set three more tasks for yourself.

Working on tasks in groups of three ensures that you feel enough tension to want to complete those tasks, but it’s also not an overwhelming amount of work that will force you to shut down and not do anything. After you check off some of your smaller writing goals, start adding one difficult task to your three tasks each week. Tell yourself these tasks are non-negotiable and adjust your schedule to make room for them.

Want to check off one simple task right now? Reach out to one of our publishing consultants at 321-345-7724 about committing to publishing your book this year.