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Successful self publishers are people who are highly efficient in their actions. They don’t wait for bad things to happen. They protect themselves from failure and create a distraction-free space to grind out their work. They have processes they follow and manage to write 10,000 words in no time.

We’ve outreached to 5 different self publishers and here’s what each one of them said about how they stay focused when writing:

Timo Kiander

Timo’s an athlete, a dad, a full-time blogger and the guy behind the productivity blog Productive Superdad. His latest eBook is Overcoming Procrastination: 44 Actionable Tips to Take Control of Your Life.

“Working in 90-minute time blocks, followed by 20-minute breaks, has been my favorite strategy. Especially when working with a timer, it gives me plenty of focus towards my writing. During this time block, I just focus on writing, nothing else.”

Frank Degenaar

Frank runs a small English school and teaches English as a foreign language in Brazil. He is a huge Evernote and WorkFlowy fan and gets fixated on anything Star Trek (or Sci-Fi) related. He writes about mixing up productivity hacks and workflows at his blog Productivity Mashup. He is currently writing a geeky book on Evernote.

“At the core of my workflow, I make good use a prioritization system called the the Eisenhower Matrix. It helps me to separate the really important from the supposedly urgent – and thus focus on what is most meaningful and important to me at any given moment. Basically, I am of the view that true productivity cannot overlook a balanced lifestyle. If we “kill the goose that lays the golden eggs” (Any workaholics out there?) without taking a step back and recharging our batteries, our productivity is going to either be short-lived or erratic. The Eisenhower Matrix, as simple as it’s premise is, gives me a practical little template within which to make some tough daily priority decisions a tad easier.”

Rachel Rofe

Rachel is more than successful self published author with more than 40 eBooks published. Her blog is full of advice for anyone interested in self publishing and motivation. Check her about page to learn more about Rachel.

“The way I like to focus on projects is by figuring out my goal and then reverse engineering it. I’ll break the goal down into monthly, weekly, and then daily action steps. Each day never has more than 3-5 big goals in it.

Every night I like to look over what my goals are so my subconscious can get prepared. I also text my friend to tell her what the next day’s goals are. We are accountable to each other and if we don’t get the next day’s goals met, we have to pay the other person $10.

I talk a lot of trash, so I find myself doing whatever it takes to make my goals happen.

When I start working, I do my hardest or most creative task first while I have the most willpower. That helps a lot.”

Paul Minors

Paul works a full time job and is building his productivity business on the side. Therefore productivity is an essential part of Paul’s workflow and achieves as much as possible in his spare time. Paul’s latest eBook: The 7-Day Productivity Plan, helps individuals to create a stress-free and productive lifestyle.

“Planning your time is crucial when you’re trying to balance multiple commitments. Every Sunday I look at my goals for the following week and block out time in my schedule for writing and working on my business. This is the best way for making sure you can fit everything into your day.”

Kait Neese

She is educating and disrupting the traditional publishing world. She has been working in the publishing world for the last five years and gained a lot of experience as a self publisher. She loves teaching other young authors at her blog.

“I focus on a single task and write until I complete it. Doing multiple things in the same time is a wonderful technique to waste time.

Proofreading at the time of writing distracts me a lot, so I always write first and proofread later.

If my mind blocks and I can’t focus anymore, taking a short break or changing the environment usually helps me continue creating my art.”

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