Jeeves and Wooster Living In A High Rise Dystopian Nightmare
I don’t normally allow myself such indulgent headlines, but I couldn’t resist.
Bertie stands on the shallow fibreglass balcony up on the 15th floor of a council tower in Surbiton.
As he takes a sip of his G&T he hears a scream from the balcony below.
“I say,” exclaims Bertie.
A crack addict looks up to see Bertie aghast. He drops a needle and disappears inside the apartment below.
“What ho. The neighbours seem an odd sort, Jeeves.” Bertie sips from his G&T, calm again.
“Indeed, Sir,” whispers Jeeves who has miraculously appeared on the balcony, though it doesn’t seem big enough for them both.
OK – indulgence over. That is my imagined mash up between dystopian science-fiction writer, JG Ballard, and the irreverent wit behind Jeeves and Wooster, PG Wodehouse.
They’re two writers I admire, and despite the fact they wrote in very different genres, they both followed the same daily practice.
Indeed, the concept behind their practice is one I believe you should adopt. It will help you get much more out of your time. And, as I’ve been saying, that’s what this week is all about.
So, what was the practice?
Chipping Away, Day By Day
Both JG Ballard and PG Wodehouse challenged themselves to write 1,000 words a day.
No more and no less.
Each day, no matter how long it took, they would sit at their typewriters and write until they had 1,000 words.
Some days it would come fast, some days slow. Some days everything they wrote would be great, some days it was garbage.
But each and every day, they had a clear target.
And for a writer, it’s not a particularly difficult one – I’ve done about 5,000 today.
But this idea of giving yourself a clear and achievable goal each day is great for a number of reasons.
It means that no matter what happens that day, you come away with something to show for it.
And by putting a strict limit on the output – in this case: 1,000 words – it means that when you pick up the task again tomorrow, you’ll know exactly where to start.
(A good piece of advice for any extra income projects that specifically involved writing: Ernest Hemingway always suggested ending a writing session halfway through a sentence – that way you’d never face a blank page.)
When it comes to setting up and managing extra income streams I think it can be useful to apply this same theory.
And it ties in with my piece on Tuesday about breaking out of a 9 to 5 routine. (You can revisit that article here if you missed it.)
Each day you should give yourself one task to complete in relation to the extra income stream you’ve chosen to set up.
Wait – what? You haven’t chosen an income stream to start doing? Where have you been?
Seriously – just do it.
You won’t be disappointed and you could have your first extra income stream up and running by tonight.
Anyway, as I was saying…
The key here is to make your one goal achievable; at least to begin with. After that you can challenge yourself more and more.
It should be something that helps progress your project, but it shouldn’t be so involved that there’s a chance you could get stuck and end up procrastinating.
You can set a specific time for this, if you’re scheduling – but it’s not essential.
Again, like I discussed before – it’s all about knowing yourself and knowing that if you don’t do it in the morning, you’ll be willing to do it later.
The aim here is that no matter what happens during the rest of the day – even if it’s a crappy day at work, or your rushed off your feet running the kids around, or you’ve just a ton of chores to do – because you set yourself one achievable goal, you’ll have still made some progress on your extra income project.
Make this promise to yourself and set your first goal today.
In fact, if it helps – email me (just hit reply) and tell me what your first goal will be. I’ll publish the best ones tomorrow.