Want to stop procrastinating that book, article or post you’ve been thinking of writing?
I’ll tell you – stop reading this post and start writing!
I can hear you groaning. I can hear you saying, “That’s not fair. I’m not procrastinating. I have reasons I’m not writing it.”
Sure you do!
Let me guess. Is the reason something like:
- I don’t have time.
- My writing isn’t good enough.
- If no one likes it I’ll have wasted all that time.
- My family (partner, spouse, best friend, utter strangers) won’t like it.
- I don’t know where to start!
Believe me, I know about procrastinating
The only way I can guess what you’re thinking is because I have first-hand experience with procrastination. I’ve used each of these (ahem) reasons and over time discovered they are mostly excuses.
And it’s not just about writing I’m practiced at procrastinating about. Listing all the ways I’ve put off stuff I wanted to get done would be way too much information.
Starting now won’t stop you from procrastinating forever
Starting now only stops you from procrastinating the project you start. You need to followup. Sometimes creating a writing schedule helps. One way or another you’ve got to keep starting right now until the project is ether finished or you decide not to do it.
Yes, letting the project go is an option
Not all of our ideas are actually worth doing. Oh, I’m a great believer in having as many ideas as possible. Not all, however, are created equal. It’s not unusual to start a new writing project and discover along the way it’s not working. That can be true for any project, short or long.
I think it was Tony Robbins I first say something like “Fifty percent of success is knowing when to quit.” That’s not the usual stuff we hear about success, but persisting with something we know isn’t right or won’t work is a fruitless energy drain.
In fact one advantage in starting right now when you’ve been procrastinating a writing project is you’ll figure out pretty quickly if it’s worth completing. It’s hard to know about developing writing if you don’t do some writing about it.
In other words starting right now is a great way to find out if the project is something you truly want to do or not. So take 10 minutes and start – yes, right now. I think you’ll be delighted with the results.
Write well and often,
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