Purpose Before Pancakes


This past week, my second book, The Secret Sauce: Essential Ingredients to Exceptional Teaching was released. One of the things that I always struggle with in my writing process is finding the time to write. I’ve often been asked the question, “How do you write?” With a family obligations, job responsibilities, and a full list of other tasks that need to be completed, I try to squeeze in writing in short bursts. Five minutes here, ten minutes there. 

While the short bursts tend to work well for blog posts, writing a book is a different beast entirely. In writing both books, I was most successful when I woke up very early (sometimes as early as 4:30am). For three or four months, I made this my daily routine. 

Get up early and write. On some occasions, I’d write as much as 700 words, frantically writing until I had to get ready for work. Some mornings, I would struggle and only get to a few paragraphs. 

Success was found in the consistency of a daily writing routine. Whether I had a good day or a bad day after writing, I always had a good day because I had already written for the day. 

Purpose before pancakes. Waking, then writing. A consistent routine to ensure that I was being productive. 

I hope that you will enjoy the results of my daily routine. Pick up a copy of The Secret Sauce or The Four O’Clock Faculty.


Rich (@RACzyz)

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