“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all” – Anne Tyler
I woke up this morning to the sound of bird song. The sun was shining and for a moment, I forgot that I had a full day of writing planned out ahead of me. I needed to write 1,000 words today. That was my target and I knew I needed to stick with it. I should get on right away…or should I? Maybe I could go for a walk first? Or maybe I will just pop in on my friend for a quick chat? Before I knew it, the clock had struck twelve and today became yesterday. I had written precisely 0 words. I knew where I had gone wrong, I had been procrastinating. Everyone procrastinates, but how do you overcome it and become instantly more productive?
I have outlined some tips that are very helpful for beating procrastination. When implemented, I become instantly more productive and motivated to write. After implementing these today, I have ended up writing 2,500 words. So give them a go and get productive.
- Set out clear goals – In order to get stuff done, you need to know what your doing. Write out clear instructions for yourself outlining what you want to get done that day. This doesn’t just have to include writing goals, it can include any task that needs to be completed. Writing out what you want to achieve for that day will help you focus on important tasks.
- Write as soon as you can – I find that the downfall for all procrastinators is allowing yourself time to talk your way out of doing important tasks. Stop this from happening by starting your writing as soon as you wake up. Even if you just do half an hour of writing straight away this will help motivate you to continue working for the rest of the day instead of finding excuses not to do anything.
- Don’t wait for inspiration – Sometimes there are days when you just don’t feel very creative. Everything you write just seems flat and you want to scrap it and start all over again. The problem is if you wait for inspiration to strike, it never will. Instead sit down and make yourself write your daily word count. Writing regularly will help inspire you and holds you accountable. Often, even if you have written something that you think is bad now, when you come to edit it you find it is not as terrible as you once thought. Remember it is easier to edit something that is a work in progress than a blank page.
- Get rid of distractions – This is a very obvious thing to do, but still something I struggle to implement. It can be so tempting to check you phone r emails when you are supposed to be writing but trust me I tell you to resist the urge. Turning off my phone, social media and not allowing myself access to the internet can increase my productivity and reduce the likelihood for procrastination. Instead turn on some music that helps you focus and just write.
If you are procrastinating this very moment don’t beat yourself up about it. Make a plan and stick to it. Let me know how you keep procrastination at bay? Like and Comment below and don’t forget to hit the follow button for more articles like this. Stay productive– you got this 🙂