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Why is it best?
It is best because it’s doable, it’s focused, and it has a clear, calculated goal.
Why is it simple?
It’s simple because it’s concise, on point, and easy to remember.
As with any other profession, being a writer is a continuing learning process. But with the internet, it’s quite easy to fall into information overload which could lead to being unproductive and inefficient instead.
Good thing I discovered Nicholas Erik. He is a science fiction novelist who has written over 20 books and writes comprehensive guides on how to sell more books, build your fanbase, and be more productive.
His 80/20 Author Checklist is a downloadable PDF which is very useful and informative without being too detailed. Best of all, it’s FREE! You can get it from his site, nicholaserik.com, as well as other equally useful resources.
A little background: The 80/20 rule was developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto who discovered that 80% of wealth was generated by about 20% of the people.
The 80/20 rule is also called the Pareto Principle. It has been applied to almost every aspect of human living and has been proven to be true.
Basically, it means identifying and making the most of the core 20% of activities to get 80% of the results you want to achieve.
In a nutshell, the Pareto Principle means achieving maximum results with doing less — through smart ways.
As applied to writing/indie author:
In Nicholas Erik’s 80/20 chart, he suggests a daily schedule of activities that will surely produce excellent results.
- Production – write 1,000 words a day.
- Craft – read or learn for 30 minutes a day.
- Marketing – do one marketing-related task for a day.
Doing these for two hours a day in six months, according to him, will produce:
- three (3) 60,000 word novels
- twelve (12) and more books read
- a solid marketing infrastructure
Doable, don’t you think?
At present, I fall short of production while spending almost a whole day in doing craft and marketing.
That means I’m doing a lot — but not the most productive lot and in the most inefficient way — which does not give me the result I want to achieve.
What an eye-opener. I’m really glad I stumbled upon Nicholas Erik’s 80/20 Checklist Chart.
Now, on to apply it!
Have you seen this and applied it to your writing, or any job you have?