Apparently I hit a nerve with writers who are prone to procrastinating.
A guest post I wrote for the WordCount blog for freelancers gained quite a bit of attention. Stats show that my post called 5 Quick Tips to Avoid Procrastination received more than 2700 pageviews in one day.
The post was also selected as one of WordCount’s top posts for July.
In the post, I listed my top tips to keep from procrastinating and I encouraged blog readers to add a few tips of their own.
Here’s what works for me when I don’t feel like writing:
1. Rewards. Find something that serves as a motivator to treat yourself once you reach a writing goal. Besides chocolate ice cream, I’ve bribed myself with a trip to the movies when I finished a significant portion of a major project.
2. Write freely. I’ve been known to turn off my computer monitor and just watch my fingers as they type on the keyboard. It seems there’s a more direct connection from my thoughts to the page. Use this with a timer and you’ll be surprised how much writing you can do. BTW, don’t stop to correct spelling, punctuation or grammar.
3. Stop at a starting point. It’s always easier to get started writing if you know where you’re headed. Whenever I stop writing for the day, I always try to leave myself a good trail to follow the next day.
4. Talk it out. Instead of banging my head against the desk, I walk away from the office and record my ideas. Whether using a digital recorder or a simple voice recorder app, hearing ideas takes a lot of the work out of writing.
5. Take a break. Sometimes just doing something physical is enough to get thoughts flowing.
What works for you when you don’t feel like writing? Please share your ideas here.