How to begin writing when all you want to do is anything else.
Like many others I struggle to motivate myself to sit down and write. I stare at a blank screen or a blank sheet of paper. I look at it sitting there mocking me, daring me to mar its pure perfection. I sit there thinking I really need to start getting this article started or finished, whatever the case may be at the time. I tell myself to just start and the rest will follow, then I stare at the screen some more. I get up and use the restroom, I fill my drink and I think ‘you know I have been meaning to get that project done’, not the the article or anything even remotely related to writing.
So then how do I combat this blatent attack on my productivity. I tell myself fine work the other project for a few minutes, then get some writing done. I also tell myself that if I get the writing out of the way I can get to doing other things I enjoy. Is writing easy, for some it is. For the rest of us we work at it, little by little until the book or article is done.
Here are some steps to break through the wall of procrastination.
1. Set a defined time. Pick a dedicated time that works best for you. If that seems to be your major struggle then pick a time close to waking uo or going to bed. Stick to this time as best as possible.
2. Choose a set location. Set your self in a quiet room with no distractions. Put your phone on silent and a do not disturb sign on the door if need be.
3. Go in with a plan. If you wake up in the morning to write get your coffee and get to work. If writing at night go into your set location with the ideas of what you want to accomplish.
4. Be persistent. It takes 30 days to create a habit. Keep at it as often as you can and what ever you are working on will be done in no time.
If you stumble along the way, its fine, pick it as soon as you can. Don’t stop working at it is the point. Keep going, keep working, keep pressing forward till the end. When your all done just remember there is still editing to do or rewrites. But hey at least the heavy lifting is out of the way.
May all your creativity bring you closer to your dreams. Happy writing.