End writing procrastination in a single step. It’s really quite simple – maybe not easy, but simple.
You know the kind of thing I’m talking about – that article, or blog post, or book you’ve been postponing. It might be work for a client or it might be writing something for yourself. It doesn’t matter. You’re simply not getting it done.
You can, you know.
End writing procrastination in a moment!
Here’s the one step you can take that will end that procrastination:
Start it now! Yes, I mean right this minute.
If you’ve got time to read this post you’ve got time to start the project you’ve been avoiding for so long.
Seem too easy?
I can hear some sighs of disappointment, and even some anger. After all, you’ve got reasons, maybe even good ones. Ending writing procrastination surely can’t be that easy, right?
I’ve got a question for you: Why couldn’t you take the next five or ten minutes and start writing on the procrastinated project, or at least one of them if you have more than one?
Unless you’re driving, or tending to a baby or youngster or taking care of someone who is frail and sick, or skiing down a slope or swimming the Pacific, there’s probably no real reason you can’t grab a pencil and a piece of paper (if you don’t have access to a smart phone or computer) and write a sentence or two. A sentence or two is a start and likely to move you in the right direction.
I know, you’ve got reasons!
Let’s look at some of the more likely reasons. Which one of these excuses – I mean reasons – comes closest to fitting your situation:
I don’t have time to end writing procrastination.
What does that actually mean? You don’t have time right now because you’re driving a bus? You know, an awfully lot of writing can get done five or ten minutes at a time.
I don’t know how to start.
Maybe, but you can start anyway. Starting is exactly what you need to do to end writing procrastination. It doesn’t have to be good, it has to be done. Many just start knowing they will have to throw away the first three sentences, or paragraphs or pages – but they start. Give yourself permission to write a shitty rough draft.
I don’t think my writing is good enough yet.
You may be right, although many of us are our harshest critics. Write it anyway. Writing is one of the ways we learn to write better.
I’m scared it won’t be any good.
I don’t want to embarrass my family.
This one baffles me. Are you afraid you’ll embarrass your family with poor writing? See above. If you’re afraid your family will be embarrassed about the story your telling about them, change the names. Or write it anyway and ask them if it bothers them. If it does change the names and relationships and location.
Do you detect a pattern here? I could make up many more reasons not to write and provide suggestions but you can end writing procrastination by finding way to somehow, get words on paper or screen. If you don’t write, if you don’t get over this hump you might as well change careers.
Which is one reason I so often say,
Write well and often,