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:
- 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.
- 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!