Which is worse: staring at a blank page and not knowing what to write or staring at the ceiling above your bed realizing that a week (or a month!) has passed without working on your book?
I’ll go with staring at the ceiling any day!
NOTHING is worse than flipping to a new month in your calendar and realizing that you haven’t done A Single Thing to bring you closer to your goal of writing a book. That, month after month, will kill you and your dreams.
So, let’s for a moment assume that you really DO want to write your book and get your message out there… (Because if you just want to TALK about it forever, that’s a different problem!)
How can you overcome the natural tendency to procrastinate your writing?
Here are 5 tips to help you out!
1. Turn OFF Social Media
Do you remember life before Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter? I do! I remember when the Internet wasn’t always “ON” but was a privilege we bought as 100 minutes a month for $100 a month!
If you were still paying for Internet by the minute, I guarantee you’d spend a lot less time cruising Facebook!Writing isn’t an exercise in self-discipline. It’s making the choice, every day, to write. Click To Tweet
There are a dozen apps that you can install that will lock you out of social media – if you need that. For me, just closing the Facebook tab is enough. (And I do NOT have the Facebook messenger app installed on my phone!) I’ve ALSO turned off all notifications (especially the sounds) for all my social media accounts. When you don’t have those “dings” chirping at you a million times a day, it’s easier to ignore your online social life.
If you need one more reason:
Take a look at the feed of somebody who’s life you envy. The one who looks PERFECT from the outside. The one who is always organized, lives in a net and tidy house that is color-coordinated, and ALWAYS finishes projects. Then imagine that their life IS perfect… It’s exactly how it looks from the outside.
Wouldn’t you rather be the friend that OTHER friends are envious of – because of your PUBLISHED BOOK? Be the role model for getting.it.done so your other friends can think YOUR life is perfect. (It won’t be perfect, but having your book written and published can be the truth!)
2. Hone your Bullsh*t meter for when you’re working (or not!)
How often is your “research” just a fancy way of procrastinating? I completely understand that for most of us, especially writing non-fiction, a certain amount of research IS required.
- But are you focused?
- Is it necessary before you move on?
Or are you following the rabbit holes of the Internet and gobbling down click bait the way bugs eat insect poison… and then die leaving piles of little insect corpses in the corner of the room?
Because, trust me, watching a TV show is NOT research even if it IS remotely related to your topic… Here’s an advanced tip when you’re procrastinating your dreams: Imagine the actors in your FAVORITE show or movie. Imagine all they had to do to get to where they are. Send them an energetic “Thank You” for the entertainment they’ve brought you. Now imagine what YOUR life would be like if that same actor hadn’t pursued their dream… YOUR life would be the poorer for it – and by not writing, you’re making your reader’s life poorer!