Timeline Realism

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When we decide to commit to a writing project, let’s be realistic about our timelines. 

With each client, I have to make a major sales pitch about timelines. The client says he will write something daily. She says she will work through the night. They say they are motivated to finish quickly. 

But, the writing project is not about a quick finish. 

Timelines are not just about getting the writing done, but they include the following:

  • Holidays
  • Birthdays and anniversaries
  • Holy days (especially if you are in ministry or leadership in the local church)
  • Vacation and travel days
  • Rest days
  • Research days
  • Paydays (hey, budgets matter!)

Every day is not a writing day in the timeline of a project. We have to be available for real-life engagement — family, work, school, entrepreneurship, and so on. I call these days blackout dates on the calendar. When a client takes an honest look at the calendar, then he knows realistically the available time to give to the writing project. 

Please, make your life and your consultant’s life easier and take a thorough look at the timeline. 

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