This is it! The idea sits in your head firmly. You just need to let it flow to that blank page on your screen. You won’t get distracted – not today! It’s serious writing time!
Three hours and a few gigabytes of funny cats later, the page is still blank, but you’re suddenly an expert on Congo gorillas, suspicious Mars photos or, what’s worse, on modern politics. Not to mention Facebook conversations with people you haven’t seen for the last 15 years. Let those whom it never happened to raise the hand.
Yes, I suspected there’s not many of you. The rest of us need to find tricks on how to beat procrastination.
I’m going to share here what works for me. It doesn’t need to do the same for you. Still, you may give it a chance. It’s not really rocket science – just a bit of common sense. So, what is my trick to actually WRITE when I intend to?
Start with getting yourself a notebook
No, not some shabby, half full notebook you have lying around. Buy something new. Something inspirational. A gem in the stationery section, which will catch your eye and will cause a nice, warm feeling. If you live in the UK, check your local The Works (or visit online shop). Their choice of inspirational notebooks of superior quality is truly amazing. And prices insanely low. (No, they don’t pay me for writing this. In fact, they probably don’t know I exist. Which is a shame – I’m a big fan.)
Anyway, this warm feeling is going to guarantee the same positive attitude towards its purpose.
And that purpose is work. Nothing else.
Don’t use it for writing down your shopping list or doodling caricatures of politicians. Keep it clearly work related. It will help you to focus on your goal.
Now, when you have your new-best-friend-notebook (and maybe some fancy pen to match), open your internet browser. Research the topic of your planned text. Write down anything that can be useful, even if you’re not sure about it at the moment. You can do it in the form of a list, or scatter your loose thoughts and facts around the page – whatever works for you. When you are satisfied with the amount of information gathered, just close the browser. Switch the internet on your device off. Yes, it’s that simple. You have all the facts in front of you, what else do you need? Write your text, build firm sentences and strong paragraphs on the base of these scattered thoughts from your notebook. You can cross out those used and done with – this will give you an extra sense of accomplishment.
Ok, but you might have forgotten something. Or some fresh ideas entered your mind. What then? Just write them down on the next page. Concentrate on what is on your plate (page) now. When you’re done with that, switch the internet on again, and go through the notes on the other page – the ones you had written down later. Now it’s their time.
Hopefully, working this way will help you to write more efficiently. This method doesn’t need to work for everyone the same. But still, you may at least give it a try.
Let us know in the comments what are your tricks to fight procrastination when writing.