How many of you are Aspiring Writers?
Now, I’m going to give you the definition of an aspiring writer.
Aspiring writers are the people who sit watching their favorite show on TV or those who spend eight hours on facebook, all the while saying, “One day, I want to write that novel!”
Now, how many of you, who are aspiring writers, have written a novel?
Why? Because Aspiring Writers are Procrastinators
Why do so many people procrastinate when it comes to writing?
The #1 reason is that most aspiring writers make excuses for not writing. Such as, I don’t have enough time. I work. I can only write on weekends.
The #2 reason is they don’t make a plan to implement their writing and act on it. Such as, I don’t have enough time to start writing today. I will start writing my book next year. I don’t really need a plan to write.
The #3 reason is that they have poor time management skills. Such as, I will start writing tomorrow, because I have to watch the basketball game today.
Remember: If it can be done tomorrow, it can be done today.
Procrastination leads to feelings of anxiety and stress, fatigue, and disappointment from falling below your own standards and having to put your life on hold for extremely long periods of time.
Procrastination can be hard on you and actually increase your chances of failing, but so many aspiring writers do it anyway.
So, what can you do to overcome your tendencies to procrastinate?
Five Simple Steps
Step One: Awareness– You must understand the reasons why you procrastinate. Most people can’t come up with an effective solution, if they don’t really understand the root of the problem. As with most problems, awareness and self-knowledge are the keys to figuring out how to change. In your case, how to stop procrastinating when it comes to writing.
Step Two: Commitment- You start simply by committing to write. Period. Say to yourself, “I am a writer.” Then, complete a small task, any task, and write it down. Finish it and reward yourself. It’s just that simple. Focus on starting your writing project, rather than finishing it. People who write down their task tend to finish them. Make a “to do” list and when you finish something on the list, check it off or X it out. You will feel so much better.
Step Three: Motivation- In order to overcome procrastination, it’s critical that you stay motivated to be productive. Tell your best friend that you want to write a book and you need her to call you once a week and check on you and your progress.
Step Four: Set Goals– You must make reasonable and doable goals. You must be realistic when making goals. Achieving goals and changing habits takes time and effort (usually 21 days); don’t sabotage yourself by having unrealistic expectations that you cannot reasonably meet. Such as, I’m going to write the first ten chapters this week. You need to take action and ten chapters will only frustrate you. It’s not the thought that counts — it’s the action. You must take action to make your goals and dreams a reality.
Step Five: Time Management- In order to overcome procrastination, some time management techniques and tools will help. Break big tasks into smaller tasks. Instead of having one giant task, break it down to four smaller tasks. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write for four hours today.” Say, “I’m going to write for one hour today. When I accomplish that, then maybe I’ll write an additional 15 minutes.”
The truth is you are not procrastinating, but you are deciding not to write. Ultimately, you make time for the things you want to do.
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