Wednesday, 11 April 2012
J is for Just do it!
We're all good at procrastinating, we'll do whatever it takes, not to do the task in hand. Take me, I should be working on my second novel draft right now, instead of writing this post. I had good intentions earlier, I'd convinced myself I was doing it as soon as I got up. So what happened?
I guess, I ended up doing what I thought was more relevant now. The problem is, the novel draft has been shoved to the bottom of the pile. I feel bad, because I know I should be getting on with it.
Lately, I can always find something more urgent to do. Be that returning library books, picking up teenagers from school or relaxing in the bath. So. How can I get the job done?
By finding the right voice inside my head. Not the one that says, 'I'll just check my email first' or 'I must organise my cookery books' or 'I'll never get this book finished' these thoughts are non productive, and the thoughts we listen to most, will influence how we behave. I need to change my way of thinking, and swing the spotlight around and redirect it.
I need to set things up so I can get on with what I need to do on my novel. Getting stuff out of the way needs to be done, so I can have a clear run at rewriting. I've made a list, I've arranged a time, and I'll be sat at my laptop poised and ready to write.
I've promised myself a cup of tea and a chocolate bar after an hour. I've just got to get started, because after five minutes of writing I'll be into it, and I'll be compelled to continue. The trick is to get the ball rolling, thats the hardest part.
Once I've done my agreed stint, I'll put a tick against it on my 'to do' list. Smile, and go and have that long soak in the bath.
What do you do to motivate yourself? Let me know, by leaving a comment below.