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11 Ways to Solve Your Writing Procrastination Problem

You can read this post tomorrow. Then tomorrow you will think that you might as well read it the next day, and so on.

You’re a procrastinator. You procrastinate with almost everything in your life. You wait ’til the last minute for everything.

And you can only change that, if you change yourself and your way of doing things.

Here are 11 tips to help you waste time less and accomplish more with your writing:

1. Know When Your Performance Is At Its Peak

Biorhythms, or biological peak performance schedules, are something you should investigate. Every person has their own time of the day when they are just more productive.

For instance, night owls work better during nights and evenings, and early birds are better performers in the first part of the day.

2. Stay Singularly Focused

Mono-tasking is always more productive than multi-tasking. Humanity had always mono-tasked until recently, when the computer age came. Years of advancement and evolution have not erased our predisposition to mono-tasking as the most effective way of doing the job.

3. Think of the Reward

Think positively by focusing on what your reward will be for finishing your writing tasks. And if the reward is not good enough to motivate you, instead think of it as a challenge and complete the task just to see if you can!

4. Start With the Hardest (Or Easiest) Task

People tend to postpone the most difficult assignments, though this is a mistake. It’s better to just do them and get them over with.

Of course sometimes it’s easier to start if you start with the easiest writing task you have and work your way up to the bigger tasks.

Whatever helps you get started writing.

5. Make A Plan

Start planning your day and see how effective planning can be in your war against procrastination. Break your bigger writing tasks down into smaller ones, to make them easier to digest and work on.

Smart planning can turn even the hardest tasks into easy walk-throughs.

Also, be sure to keep a journal and a long-term “to-do” list.

It’s amazing how much stuff you can forget if you don’t have it written down. You may come up with ideas for things you want to do eventually, but not right now. Write it down so you don’t forget!

You can also build it into the bigger vision for your writing life.

6. Define the Consequences

Sometimes we need to remember the consequences of our procrastinating actions in order to motivate ourselves to do something.

Define the most unpleasant consequences of not doing your tasks. For example, if you are in college, think how bad it would feel coming back to your parents’ home with a guilty look after having failed school because you procrastinated on all of your projects/assignments.

Sure, it’s a bit harsh, but it could just be the kick you need to get moving.

7. Prioritize Your Task List

You can use different colors to highlight the most important and the least important things you need to do. That way at the bare minimum you always get your most important tasks completed.

If you can define and then execute on 1-3 of the most important things you need to do toward your goal every single day, you’d be light-years away from where you are today.

8. Ask Someone to Motivate You

Ideally find a person who is already doing what you want to be doing, and ask them to mentor and motivate you. You could hire a coach or find an accountability buddy on Twitter.

Find a way to make—and keep—yourself accountable.

9. Set Deadlines for Every Task

Urgency to act is what you want to create. If things on your to-write list seem urgent, now’s the time to take care of them.

Ask your new accountability buddy to help keep on you task, or set some of your own deadlines if you can keep yourself accountable.

10. Identify the Root Cause of Your Procrastination and Eliminate It 


You can’t truly solve a problem until you can get to the root cause of it. So dig down deep into the root cause of your procrastination, and you’ll come out with solutions for how to overcome it.

11. Change Your Environment

There can be something in your environment that distracts you from your work. Find a place where you can write in peace and quiet.

Using these tips, you can easily get moving on your writing project. Just imagine how great you’ll feel once it’s all finished!

How do you ensure you always get your writing projects done on time? 

About the Author: This article is provided by one of the freelance writers of EvolutionWriters.com service. This company has been operating and helping students around the world for a long time and offers a wide range of professional writing services. 

[Note: Procrastinating Writers is not affiliated with EvolutionWriters.com, and the use of this guest post is not a recommendation of their services by us.]

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