So, this one goes along with the post I wrote last week on fear.
It’s been my experience that procrastination is caused by one of two things: 1. you really don’t want to do it, 2. you’re afraid. Either way, procrastinating will kill your writing goals & steal your dreams. You’ll never get that book done if you keep putting it off until tomorrow, Monday, next week, when you have a day off. Yes, you may say I don’t have time, I have kids/spouse/parents/pets to take care of, you just don’t understand how busy I am. Okay. But if you really want to write a book, then you have to start (& yes, finish it, too). These suggestions come from that Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership class, too:
- Make a deadline for yourself.
- Write it on a calendar that’s out in the open (i.e. don’t write it down & stick it in a drawer where you won’t see it).
- Circle it.
- Both tell yourself and write it down: I will FILL IN THE BLANK (write the first chapter, have the first draft done, hire an editor, write a query letter, whatever it is) by this date.
Yes, it’s a self-imposed deadline, but make it a hard one (i.e. that you can’t back out of or change later when it’s coming up fast & you’re not done). There’s also something very liberating about having an end-date; you don’t have the stress or the burden of always putting it off.
I know this seems simplistic. But you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it. You’d also be surprised about how effective it is (truly, I’ve done it) in getting you to reach your goals.