The August 31 Day Challenge – Day 01 – Am I up for it . . .

If you caught yesterday’s blog post you will have seen I was announcing a new campaign today, so here it is . . .

The August 31 Day Challenge

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‘So what is it?’, I hear you cry.

Well  . . .

‘How long I am doing it for’ and ‘when am I doing it’ is all in the title, so you will want to know about the challenge . . .

Well to be honest, I think I may need to be a bit mental, but my plan is to get 12 books onto the Kindle marketplace in 1 month.

Now you may think that is difficult enough, but I have never published a book before and I don’t know how to use Kindle either!!

I am mental. Go on you can tell me straight!

I have written some children’s stories in the past, but I have never got those published and I am thinking of putting those on Kindle, but they are not part of the 12 books I am talking about here.

These will be 12 completely new books.


So What’s Involved, Like?

Well the project would involve achieving the following, although the list is not exhaustive:

  1. A new website.
  2. 12 books written on subjects based around Internet Marketing.
  3. All books need to be uploaded to Kindle and available to buy.
  4. 12 book covers to be designed.
  5. Learning how to use the Kindle platform for publishing books.
  6. Setting up a sales funnel.
  7. Setting up an autoresponder and email campaign.
  8. Setting up a blog with blog content.
  9. Writing a daily blog post to keep everyone up to date with the progress.
  10. Possibly setting up a Facebook page, but probably not.

A daunting task, but I am forever up for a challenge!!


So What Is The Plan Man?

If you read my blogs regularly, you know I like to keep projects down to about 2 to 4 days.

As this is a 31 day plan, I have broken it down into 2 project types:

  1. A planning, learning and website, autoresponder, Kindle set-up project
  2. A write a book and get it to Kindle project.

To write 12 books there will be 12 projects of type 2, each being 2 days each.

The planning and set-up project will be 4 days. There is only one of these.

That makes a total of 28 days.

As I intend to take a rest period of 2 days, this leaves just 1 day for contingency!

This is going to be a tight schedule.

I expect to use the contingency day in the first week, probably during the production of the first book, to get over the learning curve.


What Will A Typical Day Look Like?

Obviously I am not going to achieve this mammoth undertaking by doing 8 hour days, but I truly believe if you can put in a month of solid concentrated effort, you can change the direction of your life massively.

So my rules will be as follows:

  1. No multitasking – work on one thing only until it is completed.
  2. Follow a daily structure so the other tasks I need to do each day are handled correctly and do not creep into my project time.
  3. Use Goals effectively to ensure each task is achieved.
  4. Use a clear desk policy and only have items relevant to the task in hand in front on me at any one time.
  5. Ignore emails and social media during project times.

Here is my desk at the start of today, so you can see the environment I am working in:


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To achieve my goals, I plan to put in an average of 10 hours per day across the 28 allocated days to the task, which gives me a total of 280 hours.

Each book will have 20 hours to be written and published.

I will have 40 hours to do the planning, website and email campaign, with 10 hours contingency.

I also intend to spend another 2 hours per day to do tasks such as email and social media, deal with the post and my daily planning.

Another 2 hours will be devoted to other business tasks. I have to ensure the other parts of my business do not suffer.

Then I need to eat and sleep!


The Daily Plan

I have split each day into 32 x 30 minute slots and intend to break each day down as follows:

Slot 1 – 8 am

I am a strong believer in having a morning routine. These first 2 slots will be used to facilitate my daily routine.

The tasks to be undertaken each morning are as follows:

  • Deal with my emails
  • Check Facebook
  • Review my to-do list
  • Read my list of current goals (I currently have 10)
  • Write out my daily plan, highlighting which goals I am particularly focussing on

Slots 2 and 3 – 8:30 am

Write my daily blog post and send it to Facebook.

Respond to any new comments on my blog pages.


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Slot 4 – 9:30 am


Slots 5 to 11 – 10 am

Project work.

Slot 12 – 1 pm


Slots 13 to 16 – 1:30 pm

Project work

Slots 17 to 20 – 3:30 pm

Other business work

Slots 21 and 22 – 6 pm


Slots 23 to 26 – 8 pm

Project Work

Slot 27 – 9 pm

Review Facebook and Emails (and get a cup of green tea).

Slots 28 to 31 – 9:30 pm

Project Work

Slot 32 – 11:30 pm

Daily review


Is It All Too Daunting?

When you plan it out on paper, it does look very daunting.

If each book takes 3 days instead of 2, then the whole schedule will take nearly 2 weeks longer than planned, but what I do know is that I wouldn’t achieve any of this if I didn’t plan and set myself an extremely challenging target.

Only time will tell.


Until tomorrow . . .


Terry Jenkins






  • Good luck wit it Terry, I think i would advise against checking email in you 8am slot, it has the ability to knock your day off course before it has started

    • Terry

      Reply Reply August 4, 2015

      Thank you Mike.

      Personally I find the 2 slots for checking email work well for me but I am extremely disciplined in the use of the ‘Delete’ feature!

  • Adriana

    Reply Reply August 4, 2015

    An ambitious project, good luck! I am very interested in how this works for you.

    Social media and email eat away at my time, I really need to learn to ignore them until I’m finished other more important things!

    • Terry

      Reply Reply August 4, 2015

      Hi Adriana.

      Thanks for the good wishes.

      I have started to be ruthless with myself with the areas of my life that are unproductive and I certainly need to focus on that to even come close to completing this crazy project!

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