Focus on what’s important

Posted: 6 January, 2012 in writing

I submitted my first column to the local newspaper today.

After speaking with one of the journalists yesterday about the possibility of submitting a regular column, she said, “We need a column for Monday so if you’re interested, get it to us early tomorrow.”

Thrown in the deep end I initially panicked.  What on earth was I going to do the column on? Would the editor like it? Would the public like it? If I submitted something sub-par, would I be given a second chance?

Because I was working to a deadline, I pushed all that aside and started writing.  I wrote a draft, polished it this morning, sent it to a friend for comment (she liked it) and sent it off to the editor.  Job done, I settled into my normal morning routine.

Ten minutes later, a response.

The editor loved it! He said it was great, it  read really well and was a good choice of topic. And I could definitely submit more columns in future.

Oh, the relief!

Sometimes it’s good to stress and panic because it makes me focus on what’s really important. When I’m on a deadline all the trivial stuff falls away because I just don’t have time to deal with it.  I’ve got to find what’s important and focus solely on that.  I know what I write won’t meet everyone’s expectations, but I can walk away knowing I’ve done my best. As long as I can say that, I’m happy.


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