Since this month’s contest is Excuses, I figure what better time to post Procrastination Solutions.
Here are a few things you can try to slay the procrastination monster:
1. Make your computer distraction-proof.
Turn off the wi-fi, log off of your social networking sites, and check your email later in the day … or at least only once per hour. It is difficult to be productive when you are constantly hearing the “you’ve got mail” ding or watching for Twitter and Facebook updates. I interviewed a TV-writer a couple years ago who told me she writes in her basement because there is no internet signal. Productivity experts, such as Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, and Julie Morgenstern, author of Never Check E-Mail In the Morning, promote this way of working.*
2. Work now, reward later.
One of the most difficult things to do is to set and keep a self-imposed deadline, especially if you are writing something on spec. There is no actual deadline, so why not procrastinate an un-paid project and do something fun instead! That’s why it is so important to post goals where others can see them or have a goal-buddy. Although the biggest reward is getting your writing done, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to something special once you hit the finish line on a project.
3. Write something else.
I realize that sounds like yet another procrastination technique. However, if you are having trouble getting into or continuing a project, it may help to work on something else. If you are working on a novel or screenplay, write a short story or essay … or enter a writing contest. Something that you can get excited about – and complete – will really help to get your writing engine going! And, if in the process, you find a long-term project you’d rather work on, that’s fine. Better to write something you are jazzed about than to suffer through a project out of obligation. You can always go back to an older project when you have a rejuvenated spirit!
This article was previously posted on WriteOnTrackLA.com.Tags: Debra Eckerling Excuses Procrastination Solutions Write On Track LA Write On! Online Writing Contest