HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING.
There were many times when I planned a full day of writing, and allowed work and other chores to interrupt me. We all have a life, responsibilities and issues that arise when we least expect it. Many of us procrastinate at one time or another, blaming everything but ourselves when life gets in the way of our goals. It took a while for me to adjust and allow myself to sit down and write.
When life hits you with a boom, and you cannot seem to get much done, here are a few tips on how to eliminate procrastinating:
LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE: If your goal is to become an author, but everyday life stands in your way, ask yourself…why am I putting it off? Is it the fear of failing, rejection, or not knowing where to start?
Did you answer YES! to all ?
Then, it is time to remind yourself, of how important your goals and dreams are by saying aloud: “I will not allow my fears to stop me. I am going to sit down and write the first Chapter of my story.” Then do it! It worked for me.
CHANGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS. I get dressed in casual clothes, turn on my favorite music, and find a comfortable place to sit at my computer. Music soothes me and clears my mind, allowing me to begin the process of putting the first words down. (Revisions will be made later)
STOP LOOKING FOR PERFECTION: No one is perfect. That is what editing is all about.
IGNORE ALL DISTRACTIONS: Plan a Schedule, or a To Do List. The first thing on the list is to write each morning. Then feed and walk the dog at 9:00 a.m.…Clothes in the washer by noon…Vacuum … pick up kids at 3 p.m., and so on. You will enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that will follow.
Here’s to the end of Procrastinating! PAULA