Back in January I wrote a post, Procrastination - Thief of Time Part 1 I talked about working more effectively, and below are some more ideas I'd like to share with you, because, what I know is that by developing your own rituals and habits you can crush your procrastination.
ELIMINATE ALL DISTRACTIONS
Turn everything off - easier said than done, TV, email, facebook, Twitter, phone, whatever it is that distracts you. Turn it off, silence all distractions.
BECOME AN EARLY BIRD
What is it they say, the early bird catches the worm, so, become an early bird. Set your alarm, and get up an hour earlier. You won't know until you try is my motto, its worth a few weeks trial isn't it?
OR A NIGHT OWL
Take a quick shower, it'll revive you, and boost your energy levels. Then do an hours writing before going to bed, just once or twice a week will make a huge difference.
SET A TIMER
Dedicate a set time, 30 minutes, an hour, even a quick 10 minute burst. Working against the clock will help to motivate you, you'll build momentum. I did this during NaNoWriMo a few times a day, even getting other writers to join in via Twitter, it was VERY productive, and fun!
Get a caffeine hit, if you don't like coffee, chocolate or coca cola will give you the same kick and keep you going. Its a quick fix.
Promise yourself something appropriate to the task, focus on the reward. A bunch of flowers for a chapter, a massage for completion of a draft, or a pint of beer with the lads, whatever motivates you to hit those keys.
PLAN AND PROSPER
Make a plan for every day of the week, that doesn't mean you have to write everyday, but by planning which days you'll be doing what, you'll feel better organized. Creating an even bigger plan will give you a bigger vision. Print off a calendar and fill in the tasks you need to do to reach your goals.
FIND A MENTOR
Hook up with someone who is where you want to be, ask them to coach you, or find an accountability buddy on Twitter, or at your writing group. Reach out, and buddy up with someone likeminded, but do remember, don't take advantage, be mindful that they are also trying to forge ahead with their own writing too. Repay them in some small way, a helpful critique, a nice new notebook, a lift to the shops, or, lure them out with the promise of cake. That last one works every time for me.
Focus on just one writing task at a time. This goes against how I work, but for many writers it brings results, you'll feel less over-whelmed, and seeing the results of a job completed is motivational. I am trying to be better with this one.
What ideas can you throw at me? I'll try anything to improve, so do share, and together we'll crush our procrastination.