A List of Current Projects, Goals, and Aspirations
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So what is a now page? It's something I recently stumbled upon and decided I should implement myself. Rather than constantly updating smaller tasks on my main blog, I reasoned it would be better to create this now page and inform my readers this way, thus saving the blog for more relevant content rather than a barrage of updates.
For more information on now pages and why you should create one, visit this website. For now (no pun intended), let's get on with the show.
Last updated on December 5, 2017.
December is the time of year I normally reflect on the past year and focus on what I want out of next year. As you know from reading either/or this blog or my SMART FOCUS books, I love to write things down in planners, on my SMART and FOCUS Goals sheets, and just about any scrap of paper I can get my hands on.
So I've been on the hunt for productivity planners and planner sheets like crazy for the past week or so. I'm close to the end of my Passion Planner, and while I believe it's still one of the best planners out there, I feel a bit constricted at the fact I'm stuck with a pre-defined template that's not flexible. In other words, everything's set and I can't tweak anything. This is to be expected with just about any planner; you have to conform to whatever they're layout is.
As a result of my research, I've stumbled upon several other resources which, granted, also have their own templates but they look different. And maybe that's the point. One of the best I've found so far is the Emergent Task Planner™ from Dave Seah.
Dave has tons of great productivity tools available on his website, and I've really enjoyed learning about his productive and creative mindsets. For example, he works in 15 minute intervals so that tasks don't seem so overwhelming. Believe it or not, there's a lot of stuff you can accomplish in 15 minutes!
Some of my other favorite productivity tools Dave offers are as follows:
There are lots more cool productivity tools at Dave's site, so head on over there and check them out before it's too late to plan your year and take control of your time!
Good news: My final edits on the third and final book in the SMART FOCUS series are now complete. All that's left is to find an editor, make final corrections/proofs, and get it out there in the hands of readers!
Click book images for more info on SMART FOCUS books 1 and 2
My main goal for these edits was to use the entirety of NaNoWriMo (all the month of November) to complete them. Although I actually finished them on December 2nd (two days overdue), I'm still pleased at the results. I used each week as if I were competing in NaNoWriMo, and that was just the motivation I needed to cross the finish line.
The best part is that if I hadn't set this goal I would never have achieved it in such a short amount of time. I have a tendency to procrastinate. Maybe it's my personality; I'm not quite sure. But I know me and I tend to put things off til the last minute. However, I often find that things aren't as difficult or as energy-sapping as I had originally thought. You'd think I'd remember this when it was time to work on new projects.
Just released: After three months of intense work, I've finally completed and released my brand new course entitled Fixing Scrivener Compiling Headaches.
If you've ever experienced frustration when using Scrivener to compile your ebooks and no one else had the answers, you owe it to yourself to give my new course a try.
Find out more information about the course at http://www.ericbeaty.com/scrivener-headaches
This course is massive! With a total of just over 40 separate videos and 6.5 hours, detailing everything I could think of regarding the complications and complexities of compiling in Scrivener. This is one of the main reasons I hear people giving up on using this software for writing books, yet using Scrivener to compile/export books into both print and ebook formats is one of the number one reasons people purchase it.
I always thought it was such a shame for people to look elsewhere for their book formatting needs when Scrivener is more than capable of sufficiently creating beautiful books with only a few clicks away. Unfortunately, because of the complex-looking compile interface, people tend to shy away without even first giving Scrivener a chance.
That's why I decided to embark on this massive new course specifically geared toward compiling in Scrivener: in hopes that Scrivener's customers would be able to better understand how to cope with the headaches that Scrivener sometimes causes when compiling.
So be sure and check it out. Udemy offers sales frequently, so you may even be able to get this massive course at a massive discount!
Just within the last month or so, the creators of Scrivener have announced the launch of the newest version of the software, Scrivener 3, a huge upgrade for a reasonable price! I was so stoked about this news I purchased the upgrade on the actual day of the release, Monday, November 20th, and I'm loving it!
Even though the work for my new Udemy course seems to be for nothing, since the compiling process has been totally revamped in the new version, I'm not worried. Many users will still prefer working in Scrivener 2, and I'm sure that even though the new compiling interface will be awesome there will still be plenty of headaches for me to tackle in either the course I've recently finished or a different course entirely dedicated to Scrivener 3!
Though they didn't release the new version of Scrivener in time for the NaNoWriMo competition, that doesn't mean you can't still take advantage of it many upgraded features over the next few months of editing, also dubbed the "Now What" months!
Well, that's it for now. If you have any questions for me regarding the above updates, please contact me and I'll be sure to respond as soon as possible.
And please be sure to visit my official blog, where I write insightful content on Life, Learning, Self-Discovery, and the Creative Process.
Thanks for taking the time to see what I'm doing "now."
In addition to his love of playing and teaching guitar, bestselling Amazon author Eric Beaty enjoys writing and considers it to be one of his main passions.
Since publishing his first book in the nonfiction series SMART FOCUS, Eric has enjoyed learning about the writing process and continues to seek opportunities to improve his craft. Eagerly awaiting the soon completion of the series, Eric looks forward to his next writing project, which will focus more on fiction.
Eric currently lives with his wife, Melissa, in the state of Tennessee and is hard at work writing his next book—and, of course, achieving his many goals. In July 2017, Eric's first book in the series, SMART FOCUS Book 1: How to Stay S.M.A.R.T. and Achieve Your Most Important Goals One Step at a Time, reached bestseller status in its category on Amazon.