Procrastination as a writer can cause many problems, a backlog of writing being the worst of those problems. Writers need to stay active in order to produce the best work, and improve on their writing techniques.
As a writer, it’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll do something tomorrow, when in actuality it could be done at the present moment. One of the downfalls of a writing career, is the writer’s capacity to work through the ‘do it later’ Syndrome; this is when a writer puts off doing something, when it could be done, until a future time, or date. This type of procrastination creates a backlog of work, in the mind of the writer. The writer then is forced to play catch-up, with what they perceive as missed opportunities, or a missed deadline. This by the way could lead to
Procrastinating is a roadblock for most writers, as there are exceptions to any rule. What a writer puts off today, they could possibly have a hard time making up in just hours. Imagine sitting around the PC, trying to finish a piece that you consider as being behind on. Or worse yet, you can’t focus on something in front of you because your mind is focused on the project you didn’t do. That’s what writers face when they procrastinate, losing hours to thinking through projects that could have been done, had they sat down and written the work at the time it was on their minds to do it.
Writers have a higher chance of being a victim of the “doing it tomorrow” Monster, basically because of the nature of the work we do. The way we get things done is mostly in solitary confinement, which leaves us plenty of time to get distracted. Many professional writers have deadlines to meet, and agents hanging over them, calling every so often to make sure they’re working away. Writers who have not made that transition only have themselves, or loved ones to motivate them toward goals of completion. Writers need to proactively find ways of relaxing, and ways to stay motivated. Set goals, and work to achieve them, set reward for achieving each goal that you set, and a timeline for achieving this goal otherwise no reward.
Achievable goals help writers structure their day, and time, in ways that allow them to achieve the highest level of efficiency. A writer, who has absolutely no goals, is a writer that’s set himself up for failure fairly quickly. Within no time, the writer becomes inundated with backlogged work, and a myriad of thoughts that prevent work from flowing as easily as it should. Let it sink into your head, that as a writer, Goals are very important to you and your success.
Stay focused on any goal you have set, and any work you have going for you. Your focus as a writer is usually your only motivator as there’s usually no one around to keep you going, unless you have an agent pushing a deadline. For the most part, we’re loners locked away in a vault at times. There are distractions, work, families, friends, or any number of distracters to pull you away from a piece; life happens all day long. Reinforce the thought: STAY FOCUSED!
You will also want to keep this one in mind; KEEP WRITING. No matter what you do, no matter what size, even if it’s only 10 words, write something. Unlike athletes, it is not our bodies alone that need a workout. Our brain needs to stay active, and our bodies need to be relaxed as we write, our minds need to be relaxed and have the intelligence to allow words to flow cohesively. Actively writing will allow for this, writers who keep actively pushing out any type of work not only improves their writing ability, but also trains their minds to create new subjects. Thus, it is important that our writing never stops coming forward, our writing is all we have, it is our creative life force and the driving mechanism behind who we are.
However you plan on fighting the ‘do it later’ Monster, remember to use that to develop a routine that keeps your mind actively pursuing your goals. Structure your day, and manage your time wisely, remembering that each second is important to your day. For those writers who go to school, or work full-time employment, it is important that you should structure your day around what you have, find pockets of time that allow you to do what you do best. Personally, I’ll share my techniques in another fulfilling piece about what we do. If you wish to become a writer for factual information, you can start here at Factoidz, it is a great experience, and it allows you to research topics, or share factual information you already know and get paid for it. But, if writing is in your veins, then write actively, never even when you’re creating it in your mind. Keep writing. Happy reading, you’ll see me again soon.