I don’t want to.
Hmm, maybe I should finally clean out my desk.
So that’s fixed. I’m ready. Wait, first let me get some coffee.
OK, I’m all set. Here it goes.
The cursor winks at me. As if it’s mocking me. Taunting be by saying: “See, you can’t do it!”.
Oh well, maybe I should check if I got some new likes on my last Instagram post. I can write later.
So, there I am, thoughtlessly skimming through Instagram. Before I know it, I’m browsing Twitter and Facebook too.
Do I have new fans on Medium?
Do you recognize this vicious cycle? Welcome to procrastination land. We’re all there visiting sometimes. Some more than others, but writers on the other hand… Well, let’s not include other writers in this. I’m talking about myself. Lingering in my comfortable chair in procrastination land. Where nothing can harm me, where I can judge instead of be judged. Where I indulge in other people’s efforts instead of my own.
Do you recognize this too? So how can we set ourselves against it?
What works best for me to stop myself from pushing forward my writing duties is to start my day with writing. Right after I wake up. I don’t do anything else. From my bed I move to my desk, put on some robes and open my laptop right were I left the story. And then I wink back at the cursor. Before I know it, I’m procrastinating to procrastinate (take that!).
Now I’ve entered writing land. It’s way more exciting than procrastination land. Here’s where the magic happens. Once there, I take a stroll through its maze. It leads me to dead ends too, but my characters or ideas drive me in other directions, seeking the end of the maze. Sometimes I get on the rollercoaster, just for fun. If time allows, I stay there until my inspiration dries out. I scribble, invent, steer and play around through my characters. It makes me not want to leave. On some days I can’t, I have to make myself to get out and return to the real world. To my responsibilities. But the great thing is, I can go back anytime!
So what happens on those mornings? I’ve already accomplished the single most important task of the day! I’ve written! Then, everything else is a bonus. You should try it.
What’s your best way you trick your brain out of procrastination and into writing?
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Originally published at medium.com