Thursday, September 17, 2009
Stop Procrastinating! Start Writing!
Ask any freelance writer what one of the top challenges he faces is, and chances are he’ll talk about procrastination. Delaying or putting off writing by coming up with a number of excuses is something we all excel at, and dare I say it, can get very creative about! For me at times, an untidy desk or surroundings act as a perfect reason to put off editing or blogging.
If you find procrastination is becoming more than an occasional excuse to delay writing, the following may help:
1. Jot down a to-do list of your writing projects. Next, create a to-do list for your other tasks, such as sending out invoices, preparing media briefs etc. Once you have it down on paper, it’s easy to see just how much needs to get done.
2. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Then begin to freewrite. Freewriting is a great exercise to get the creative juices flowing. And once you begin, you’ll be surprised when the timer goes off to see just how much fun it can be!
3. Complete other tasks before you begin to write. If your desk needs to be cleared, shirts need to be ironed or the hockey game taped, get them done before you sit down at your desk. A mind which is full of incomplete tasks is never going to let you write.
4. Learn relaxation techniques to help you focus. The better your focus, the more work gets done. If you find yourself daydreaming or losing your creative focus, gently bring your mind back to the matter on hand. If you still find yourself getting restless, it may be time to take a break. By practising focusing techniques, you’ll find you are able to concentrate and get more work done in shorter periods of time.