How To Stop Procrastinating #MondayBlogs #Writer #MondayMotivation

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This is a simple and effective method for stopping procrastinating, whilst working on a creative project.

If procrastinating was an Olympic sport I would be proudly leading out Team GB and securing a gold medal.

So, I am always on the lookout for something to stop me from putting my bookcases into alphabetical order, combing my carpets for fluff and going for another writer’s nap.

This idea worked a treat for me so I thought I better share.

Get this – you start a ‘Procrastinating Diary!’ 

Yes!  A diary which records all the moments you avoided your creative project.

Basically you get a notepad and on a daily basis record all the times you procrastinated. You have to be honest.

After one week you force yourself to read aloud your Procrastination Diary.

Your diary entries will make you feel uncomfortable and ashamed of the pointless and useless activities you did, whilst you were supposed to be writing. 

You will rush back to your creative project with open arms! 

I have found writing my goal at the top of the page works well, for two reasons: 

  • As I read out the times I procrastinated, I caught sight of my goal and the shame of not being 100% focused on it made me hurt a bit inside.
  • It made me think about how disconnected I had become from my goal. 

Ugh – the procrastinating shame is painful. You will find yourself screwing up your face and muttering stuff like “did I really need to rearrange all the cereal boxes?” and “I can’t believe I went outside and searched my entire garden for a 5-leaf clover.”

The other great benefit of this diary is you see how much time you actually have and if you stopped procrastinating how much stuff you could get done.

One word of advice – make sure your procrastination is not because something is wrong with your draft or creative project. Sometimes we procrastinate because our brains need more time to work stuff out.

Some of you may think filling out a diary is simply leading to more procrastination and I understand this. However, if you follow my instructions you won’t be procrastinating again. 

You are procrastinating because you are being lazy and you need to get off your creative ass.

Start your diary today! 

Here is an extract from mine:

Sunday

  • Avoided my writing as I felt the need to count the coins in the family’s spare change jar.
  • Opened up my draft novel and got distracted by putting the first page in different fonts.
  • Tweeted some random stuff.
  • Pinned some images of beautiful shoes.
  • Tried to braid my hair whilst sat at my laptop and failed miserably as it resembled a big knot.
  • After writing 300 words rewarded myself with a chocolate from my Dairy Milk chocolate box. Got totally distracted by rearranging the other chocolates and ate….some more.

Monday

  • Pinned some motivational quotes.
  • Stole some of my daughter’s bubble gum and blew some impressive pink bubbles whilst at my laptop.
  • Talked to the cat at long length about toxic friendships.
  • Rearranged the fruit bowl.

By day 7 and after reading all this I was done with procrastinating!

Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes.

Have a great day!

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34 thoughts on “How To Stop Procrastinating #MondayBlogs #Writer #MondayMotivation

  1. As I read this, the first thoughts that came to mind were 1. The thought of doing a journal like this has already made my face itch with embarrassment. 2. I could save myself a lot of trouble if I typed on a computer WITHOUT a connection to the Web as that is my biggest distraction. That and the thought of thinking about other things that I need to get done which is so counter productive. Great post as always my BFFSWF!

  2. This is a fun idea, though I suspect my reasons for procrastination would be much less entertaining than yours. Replied to a few random tweets. Read a blog post about avoiding procrastination. Replied to a message on Wattpad. Responded to more notifications on twitter. Had a fight with the cat. At about twenty I imagine I’d get sick of writing them down.

      1. Gee, I’m so flattered you ask. I’d love to guest post for you! Would you like to email me at a.s.akkalon (at) gmail (dot) com with any guidelines on what you’re after, and I can propose some topics? (does excited dance)

  3. Great advice. I sometimes keep “minutes” when I’m supposed to be working, detailing every activity and the time that I spent on it, such as “refill coffee and use bathroom 10:12-10:20” or “writing 10:20-10:35” “answer email 10:35-10:45” etc. Just the act of tracking my activity seems to spur me to action, maybe for fear of having a long list of “sitting here staring at the wall,” hehe.

  4. Great idea. I think… I’ll have to try it but it will probably be quite lengthy and dreadfully boring. You do make me smile. πŸ™‚
    Psst… Does reading blogs have to go in the diary?

  5. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I’d like to say I’d try it… but I’d probably end up needing a procrastination journal for when I procrastinate from my procrastination journal… then it all starts getting confusing! I can completely see the logic behind it too, it’s always in hindsight that we feel ashamed for our actions (or lack, there of) so it makes sense to document this so we can reflect… Hmmm… Really might try it!

  6. I shudder to think what my procrastination diary would entail. But I totally agree that diaries are a great and honest way to gain perspective. I’ve used them to record things I worked on in my writing or was reading or learning about writing because I was struggling with comparison syndrome and feeling that everyone was moving faster than me. Tracking what I was doing helped me realize, I was still moving forward, just at my own pace. But I could also see the growth in my writing over time too. So I like that diaries can be used to both “shame”/reveal our vices and also recognize and validate the good too.

    Also, now I’m super curious how much change is in MY spare change glass.

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