This is a guest post from internationally known writer and speaker, Phil Cooke. In episode 23 of the BoldIdea podcast, Phil talked about the power of media to engage our culture.
Everyone’s “too busy” these days. Too busy to write that novel, produce that film, visit your parents, attend church, go back to school, get training, read books, follow your dream—whatever. And it seems like everybody waves the “I’m too busy” flag like a status symbol. How many times have you started social conversations with that phrase? And if you have a day job, (especially for us creative types), that extra work is often overwhelming, so even thinking about launching a new project is just too much. But before you give up, think about novelist Anthony Trollope.
Born in London in 1815, Trollope was an English novelist of the Victorian era. Certainly he didn’t have social media to distract him, however living in Victorian England wasn’t always a picnic either. The startling thing about Trollope was his routine, and how that daily routine resulted in such a massive body of creative work. Just when I think I’m too busy I read about someone like Trollope who rose every morning at 5:30am and wrote 2,500 words. Playright and screenwriter David Mamet reported that if Trollope completed one novel before meeting his daily goal, he began another.
All while having a full time job running various departments of the British Post Office.
And the end result? He eventually wrote 47 novels, 18 nonfiction books, 12 short stories, and 2 plays.
By the way—before you blame your day job for your lack of effort, here’s a post I did about other creative artists who kept their day jobs their entire lives and still did remarkable work.
Time for a “I’m too busy” reset? It is for me….