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Chris A. Baird | December 22, 2020
Don't Have The Time To Self Publish

You want to start self-publishing but you don't have the time to self-publish? Check this out to know if it would really take you so much time and learn more about self-publishing.

How I Started

Today's question has three answers and you're going to want to stick around because the third answer is going to tell you exactly how much time you need to use every day if you want to succeed at self-publishing.

The question that was sent in was, you don't have time to self-publish? It's a question that many people wonder. It's actually more of a problem that people experience and it can cause a complete debilitation.

The inability to do what it is you want to get done to achieve your dream. Because what happens is you start writing a book, you fall off at some point where you're writing it or maybe you get the book complete.

But then the steps on self-publishing themself create a barrier for you. So you're unable to continue making progress with your book. As a result, you simply fail to get the book out on the market.

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Because you feel that there's too little time available to go about doing it. You don't exactly know where to start and that is what we're going to take a look at in today's video. Check out my absolutely free Self-Publishing Checklist.

Let's get into it, I'll start a little bit from my own story. I first started self-publishing back in 2015. I found that I wasn't using any time at all daily on self-publishing.

That was after I had already written my books and published a few books. But very quickly you start to reach a little bit of burnout where you've already done this process enough times.

You're beginning to feel like "I don't know if I have the time, I've got so many other things in life." That is making it difficult to get my seat in the chair and make progress on the books.

Get That Motivation

I lack the motivation to just keep going on my earlier books. I had reached a point where I was able to put out a thousand words a day until I got the book done. Then I was able to break that up and get the thing going.

But in my case, I had the problem of after you've been doing it for a while trying to stay motivated, the other problem can be because you haven't ever done it the first time. It's difficult to stay motivated when there's something for which we don't have that sense of mastery.

At that point, it causes a huge barrier causing us not to make progress. And the thing was that it's impossible to keep earning without investing in more books, the books that you come out with. It's not that every book will continue to sell equally, they start to decrease over time.

It's dependent upon you getting more books onto the market. So that people will be able to find them. The thing that I found was I hired a coach off of Fiverr, not a "coach coach" but an accountability coach.

This person simply would make sure that daily I would check-in and say that I did 5 minutes of progress. I knew that doing zero up to five minutes was a huge difference. Suddenly, I started using 1 to 2 hours a day.

What happened was I got back in the flow. I began to get the motivation back again. Making progress brings about internal desires. To keep pushing forward and getting that motivation that you need to succeed at what your goal is.

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In this case, it's self-publishing, so you don't have time to self-publish? Well, it doesn't take many hours to self-publish a book. I mean it does take many hours so it's not like you're going to self-publish a properly done book in an hour or two.

It's going to take a lot of time and there's going to be some learning involved in the process. This becomes our barrier because it does take a lot of time. You feel like you don't have the time to self-publish.

One of the things you need to do is you need to look for areas where you're spending time on tv, video, games, maybe movies on Netflix, or other hobbies that could be cut. It's not to say that any of these things are a bad use of time.

You Only Need "Five Minutes"

It's simply a thing which is that you need to prioritize. You need to figure out, is self-publishing something you really want to do? Do you wish to be a self-published author?

And if you already have self-published, do you wish to continue to build up that archive? The revenue coming in from the books that you're publishing, if so, then you need to look very closely at the areas in your life that can be cut back.

This is to ensure that you're able to continue making the success that you would like to do when it comes to self- publishing. Today's secret answer of the day and the third answer it's that you only need 5 minutes a day, that's it.

You don't need any more time than that. Because when we discover is that you set a timer and when you reach 5 minutes if you're making great progress and you still feel motivated, keep going.

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If not, then cut it off at that point. With just 5 minutes a day, you will discover that your motivations will go up. Your motivation level is directly connected to you, the progress you're making.

If you feel you're making progress then you'll be able to pull through it and continue to make that progress. You'll find that the time you use starts to go beyond 5 minutes. Like "Well let me just finish this one task".

Before you know it, you'll have made the progress that you were looking to make. That you were unable to make before you were doing the 5 minutes. Now you can of course get a coach on Fiverr or someplace like that if you feel that you don't have friends or family that can do it for you.

For me, I like to have somebody or external help to keep me motivated and on track with my goals. But maybe you work a little differently. Whatever the case is, markdown on your calendar an "x" for every day that you do.

Get the 5 minutes in and I can guarantee you're going to make progress with that. Do you feel you have enough time to self-publish?

If you do, write "Yes" below in the comments. If you don't, write "No" below in the comments. Check out my other blogs and videos for more answers to your self-publishing questions.

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