Sunday, December 6, 2015

8 Ways Writers Can Beat Procrastination

Do you find yourself putting off writing your book or blog posts? Maybe you’ll work on it tomorrow, this weekend, or next month, and maybe you’ll never get to it because you are procrastinating. Here are eight ways you can beat procrastination and finally begin working on your writing.

1. Why Are You Procrastinating?

Try and get to the root of the problem. Many people put things off simply because they are scared of doing it. It can be a fear of failure or even a fear of success. Explore your fears. Make a plan to face each one and move on towards success.

2. Create a Schedule

Plan out your days and schedule in the times you will be writing. Don’t forget to schedule in breaks and free time to catch up on other things.

3. Change Your Approach

You want to write a book, but you are dreading the time it takes to write a book. You need to change your perspective and look at writing, not as a loathsome chore, but as part of your job. Find ways to make your job more enjoyable by playing some music or having some enjoyable snacks nearby. Learn to enjoy and look forward to the alone time.

4. Create a To-Do List

Break writing a book down into smaller tasks and, each day, add one of these tasks to your to-do list. For example, a writing task can be “write 2,000 words today”.

5. Set Realistic Goals

Set realistic goals and tasks for yourself. Don’t add on your to-do list “write 5,000 words” if you have never done 5,000 words in a day. Instead, aim for what you know you are capable of doing.

By setting unrealistic goals, you are setting yourself up for failure. After you fail a few times, you become discouraged and you begin to associate writing with these bad feelings.

6. Create an Inspiring Workspace

If your workspace isn’t inspiring, you won’t feel inspired. Create a workspace in an area where you can get plenty of natural light. If that’s not possible, add proper lighting to keep yourself awake and alert. While you want your main work area uncluttered, you should add a few inspiring items into your workspace.

7. Be Positive

Think positive thoughts. Avoid putting yourself down over perceived failures. If you find that you aren’t able to complete a writing task in one day, cut the task in half and plan on doing only what you are capable of doing. Failure isn’t a negative. It is part of the learning experience. Adapt until you find a method that helps you succeed.

8. Reward Yourself

Give yourself a reward for every little success. For myself, I give myself the reward of watching an episode of one of my favorite shows at the end of the day, after I have completed the day’s writing goals. For larger accomplishments, like finishing a book, I might take the next day off to do something I enjoy, such as visit a local historic sight.

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