I’m having trouble writing this blog today.
I’m struggling with inertia when it comes to writing the blog today. Inertia is, so far, winning. To the point that I stare at this vista of screen space and … blank.
I try to write this blog as a show and tell — I show you what I do today and tell you the practical underpinnings. Not “You should do this” as much as “I’m trying this and this is how it’s working for me.”
At this point, I can abandon the blog till later — a practice we call procrastination.
So what do I do about my blog-writing woes?
I’m going to address this in terms of procrastination advice, which goes beyond “just do it” (thank you, Nike) and into practical advice. Procrastination breakers I’ve learned are as follows:
- Break the job into smaller parts — this gives you motivational boosts in small doses when you need them
- Put a reward at the end of the task
- Do five-ten minutes of the task, promising yourself you’ll quit if you’re still unmotivated.
So, how’s it working?
You might notice I have headers. Not just because it makes it easier for you to read, but because it makes it easier for me to write. This is my breaking up the job into the smaller parts. (Yay, I’m done with two parts so far!)
My reward at the end of the blog? Another cup of coffee, because I can be motivated by caffeine, always. Coffee, tea, it doesn’t matter.
Doing five to ten minutes of the task — I always work like this, and for some reason I never quit tasks after that 10 minutes. Why? Because once I’m into the task, my brain wakes up and I end up finishing the task.
I’m almost done with this blog, and I didn’t know if I would abandon it at the beginning of the writing. Now time for coffee!
Now for you
Tell me what your go-to procrastination!