Recently I surveyed some writers and gave them a chance to ask me a question.
One of the top questions was . . .
How can I eliminate procrastination?
Our human nature is to avoid anything to cause us pain or discomfort. Even though we want to write, we avoid it. Why? The reasons are as many as there are people asking the question. For most people, they feel they don’t have the time. I have said this myself. However, the truth is we have not allocated our time to make it a priority. Some days are so full we can barely breathe, but there are days we can make the time.
It is uncomfortable to create a new habit or routine of writing. Again, we avoid the discomfort. Why wake up at 5:30 am, or 6 am to write? Or spend part of our lunch hour? What time is a time you could write?
I often refer to pro and Olympic athletes. They want to be the best in their game. What if all they did was sit around and talk about it? It would never happen. Professionals take action. They set short-term goals, and maybe even a bigger goal to be in the Olympics. They train, receive coaching and guidance from experts, they compete, and review their performance. Rinse and repeat the process. Each year, each competition, each practice gains momentum in the direction they want to go.
Why do we believe writing is any different?
What are you procrastinating? Maybe it is something in your home or business. Adapt the action steps to your situation.
It Is Time To Take Action!
- Make an ACTION Plan. Choose a time daily or weekly to write. It can be 15 minutes or 2 hours.
- Set up a schedule. Mark on your calendar – Time you spent writing (ex. 30 minutes) OR track your word count (ex. 500 words). Tracking both is a good option too.
- Find an accountability partner to check in on you weekly or daily. Tell them your preference on how to contact you.
- Write a blog post. Make a deadline to send out a post weekly or bi-weekly. Deadlines give you the motivation to write on time when you know others will be looking for your post.
- Spend time each week or monthly brainstorming ideas to write about for your book, blog post, or talks. Keep a place for all of your thoughts.
Again, put this on your calendar to remind you to do weekly or monthly.
NOTE: Use Evernote, a Word or Pages document, OneNote, or a paper journal. A place to keep all your thoughts organized.
Take a step in the right direction each day, and you will gain momentum to be the writer you are dreaming about today.
What action step do
you need to take first?
Please share in the comments below.
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Originally posted on Joyce’s Blog at www.TheWriteCoach.biz.
Joyce Glass, The Write Coach and Co-Founder of The Write Academy, helps writers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners use the power of story to connect with clients. People may not remember what you say, but they will remember your story. Joyce takes her clients through the book writing process from the idea of a writing a book to the finished manuscript. Many people become overwhelmed at the thought of writing a book or in the process. Joyce loves to help her clients break it down into manageable steps. Some people start multiple books, and never finish. Joyce helps you reach the finish line.
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