Getting started with writing is hard. We often have to face fears. But other times we don’t want to leave the more pleasurable things at hand to write. Netflix may have some new episodes of the series you were following. The icecream cake in your freezer could just melt in your mouth.
So what do you do when you rather do much nicer things than writing?
The simplest thing that you can do is to make the pleasurable things you want to do contingent on writing.
All this means is that you get to watch Netflix or have a slice of that icecream cake only when you have completed your writing task.
In this way, you turn your procrastination activities into rewards.
So here is what to do:
- Decide on the reward. Yes you do this upfront. You need to know what reward you are working towards. Otherwise, you will not focus on getting the writing task done quickly.
- Decide on the writing task and the time to complete it in. Be realistic here. Do not send big tasks. In fact, set tasks that you know you can accomplish. For example, write 500 words in one hour for a blog post on seven benefits of writing guest posts.
- Set your timer and get the writing task done. Setting the timer prepares you for the clock. YOu also focus on the specific task.
- Have your reward. No explanations needed here.
Getting started with your writing is not as hard as we thought it to be. So, do go and put the tips into action.