In the first week of 2013, I was on a conference call with a couple of students, and something struck me. They were tentative, unsure of themselves. This is common with writers; we’re creatives, and we sit at our blank computer screen every day, filling the screen with words.
While we’re writing, we need to put all thoughts of our business to one side. No matter how many deadlines we have, or how few, or whatever else is going on, we need to focus on our words.
This is a real challenge. It’s hard.
I decided to try something new. I asked the students to focus on just one thing that week, to the exclusion of everything else. I asked them find something they loved to write, and which has the potential to make them $500 a day, every day.
It’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of writing. I do this too. I obsess over something or other, and take my eye off the ball. Focusing on a dollar amount clears my head. It also makes it easy to perform task triage. If I get caught up in something, I can ask myself: “Is this helping me to make $__ (dollar amount) a day?”
If it is, I keep on with the task. If it’s not, I schedule the task for another day, or if someone else can do it, I send it to them.
$500 a day was a reasonable amount for my students to choose. You may aim for a higher, or lower amount. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you CHOOSE and you FOCUS.
A week later, we had another call. One of my students decided to focus on copywriting. The other chose creating info products. Both forms of writing have huge potential, with no ceiling on their income.
I asked them whether focusing on a dollar amount worked for them.
“I went through my client list, and culled low-payers. If I want to make $500 a day, I can’t work with clients who have never paid me more than $200 for a project.”
The other said:
“I created a production schedule. I know what products I’ll create each month for the next six months. So I cut down on phone calls while I’m working. Talking to my mother about her problems with my stepfather won’t get my pages written.”
The Attitude Change
In just a week, the students’ attitude had changed. The students were confident. They were enthusiastic. Their tone of voice changed. I loved it.
So, I decided to try the “Is this helping me to make $__ (dollar amount) a day?” strategy on several other students.
It helped them, too.
Therefore, this week, on the blog, we’ll be publishing a “$500 a Day” Series.
I hope it helps you. Watch for it.
Our Monday Madness Offering, “Info Product Maestro”, will help if you choose info products for your own “daily dollar amount” focus. Onward!