I write for a living, so I should be good at sitting in front of my laptop and 1,2,3 go……. there it is the creative juices are flowing and I am on a roll typing my latest article or blog.
The truth is, like everyone else, I am easily distracted and sometimes struggle to focus and just write. It’s not writers block, it’s just the ‘stuff out there’. It will make me think “hmmm just before I start I will….”, then that’s it I am off on a tangent doing something else other than writing my article or blog!!!
Does that make sense? In this technological filled world, there is so much to tear me away from what I am supposed to be doing. Can I just peek at the latest news in England before I get started? Once a BBC journalist it’s hard to give up the BBC news page. What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow? Did I respond to the email from the school? Why is my phone beeping, is it running out of battery?
You get the gist…. It is very easy to put off writing. So, to help both myself and you out there, I’ve done a little research and here’s what I’ve found which may help.
- Apparently, it’s always easy to stick to something if you book it in your diary. This doesn’t have to be your written diary, these days we’re talking about your online calendar – so just book it in.
- Get a kitchen timer and set it to anything between 30 minutes and 45 minutes and keep writing. It’s a bit like doing an exercise class, you know it is only for a short time, so it’s achievable.
- Don’t worry about getting it perfect, just write it down. Having a first draft which may need tidying up, is far better than having none.
- Eliminate distractions as much as possible, so yes send the kids to the other room.
- Offer yourself rewards if you stick to your goals. Anything from a trip to the spa to a pudding at dinner time.
- Remember when you were trying to lose weight and joined a slimming group. How they supported you through your weight loss programme, well why not have a motivation mentor? Check in with them regularly to let them know how you are doing. This means you may not fall behind with your writing projects.
And when all else fails, remember procrastinating is not the same as being lazy. We all just need to work smarter. On that note, I’m so glad I’ve finished this post!