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The Writing Goal: Why You Don’t Need a 25-Hour Day

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A Word From The Word

They said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will teach to them, too. That is why I came.” (Mark 1:37-38, NLT)

A Word For Writers

A 25-hour day! It happens once a year in the U.S. on the first Sunday in November, when clocks move back one hour from Daylight Savings Time. 

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It used to be my favorite day. I had wiggle room to write more content, answer more email, outline more blog posts, pitch more prospective clients … I could get more done.

Why the frenzy? For the simple reason that my writing goal was vague. Hence, I mistakenly took “more” activity to mean that I got more done.

Jesus didn’t try to accomplish 25 hours of work in a 24-hour day. Instead, he took time to rest with friends. He walked a lot. He frequently wandered off by Himself. In Capernaum, He left a long line of people waiting for healing – the whole town – to move onto other villages in Galilee and teach there. 

“That is why I came,” He said

Jesus knew His goal – He came to teach. He kept His goal front and center, which allowed Him to set healthy work-life boundaries.

A vague writing goal makes me a slave to the clock, always working to get more done. A clear writing goal allows me to work systematically in small steps to achieve it.

Which means less frenzy.

A clear writing goal – whether it’s writing a book or finishing a blog post – is a healthy boundary. And I don’t need a 25-hour day to achieve it.

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A clear writing goal is a healthy boundary.

A Word To Pray

Loving Father,

I confess my ambition in wanting to have more time in order to get more done. I mistakenly equate activity for true accomplishments. Show me how to say no to some ideas and zero in on the writing goals you have for me.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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