Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

The One Thing Your Children’s Book Project Can’t Live Without

Assuming you have a car that works, you only need one thing to successfully drive to a place: gas in the tank.

If you take that away, you can’t really drive anywhere.

When I figured out what story I wanted to tell with my children’s book, I understood what my destination was. Despite feeling overwhelmed with all the possible paths, I got a sense of direction. That gave me a reason to drive.

Granted, I don’t know which roads are better or take me to my goal faster, but as long as I can keep on driving, I’m certain I’ll get there (yes, even if I happen to take a few wrong turns along the way).

…and every time I feel lost, I can count on my Circle Of Trust to point me in the right direction.

My Children’s Book Project Depends On How Much Gas I Have In The Tank

That means I need to save up as much energy as I can to keep working on what matters the most. If I run out of gas, it doesn’t matter how much I want to drive. It’s on me to make sure the tank is full.

Sometimes the answer is as easy as to let things fall. Other times, it’s a matter of planning…

What Drains Your Energy?

I believe that it’s easier to figure out how to save our energy if we understand how and where we’re spending it first.

Grocery shopping leaves me drained. It’s like running a marathon with a cart!

If I head out on a morning or afternoon, it completely wrecks my productivity for the day.

Instead, I  came up with a couple of solutions: do the big bulk of grocery shopping online, or go in the evenings, after a day of work.

By pairing the mindless tasks with when I’m mentally drained, I save up gas for my important journey.

What about you? What can you do today to save up gas and start driving?

I’d love to hear about it, so please let me know in the comment section below!


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  1. Sarah M - 3 years ago

    Thanks for the post, Ânia!!

    I love the concept of “gas in the tank” – I think it’ll really help reassess how much fuel I have for certain projects, and if they’re really worth doing…

    Great stuff as usual! ❤️

    • aniamarcos - 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for the encouragement, Sarah! Really glad the concept is helpful 🙂 can’t wait to see all the projects you have for this year come to life!

  2. Edge - 3 years ago

    I love this! <3 The idea of combining those time-consuming but less demanding tasks with our low energy periods makes a lot of sense – it's easy to end up feeling like i need to get everything done when I've got my energy at it's highest, and then end up demotivated and drained by then end of it all (and then I lose a lot of time vegging and trying to recuperate.)

    Thanks so much for your posts, they're such an invaluable source of advice!

    • aniamarcos - 3 years ago

      Well put, Edge! Having the energy does not mean we suddenly need to do ALL the things, but rather choose which ones we should be doing wisely <3

      Thank *you* so much for your comment 🙂 Hearing back from you and everyone else is the best feeling ever!

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