How to Easily Beat Writing Procrastination

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How To Beat Writing Procrastination

What do you do when you do not know how to start your writing?

Do you spend hours considering it or just give up and start to do something else? Do you enjoy these procrastination moments or hate them because they make you feel nervous and disappointed?

Every writer knows the problem of procrastination.

If you are a lucky one, and you still do not know how it affects your life as a writer, we will explain it to you in a couple of words.

This post will offer 5 tips for easily overcoming procrastination.

When you create something, your brain works. It starts generating ideas, and you just can’t stop that process.

The Causes of Procrastination

  • Procrastination is something else. Your brain calms down, and you do not want to create something.
  • Everything that you do with your hands, all automatic movements instead of writing is a form of procrastination.
  • Your brain is asleep, and it won’t wake up until you make some efforts.

Advantages of Procrastination

  • Of course, sometimes you need some time to have a rest and reboot your brains. In this situation, procrastination works perfectly.
  • Moreover, it can even help you generate more ideas. It works in the following way: you stop straining your brains trying to find a solution. And your subconsciousness brings a solution to your problem.

How to Stop Procrastination

Still, in most cases, we procrastinate just because we do not want to work. Or we think that we do not want to work. Or we just cannot confess to ourselves that browsing Facebook is not research, but another way to procrastinate.

There are effective ways to beat writing procrastination and to be an effective writer, you need to know them.

1. Create a schedule.
People explain, “Writing is a creative process.” Are we sure?

According to studies, writing is not as creative as we always thought. Moreover, in order to write you need to have analytical skill.

Also, some writers confess that creativity is useless without observational skill. Of course, a writer should be imaginative. No one can create a good and emotional text without imagination. In addition to these, some writers cannot work without inspiration.

To be able to write sufficiently whenever you want, you can use some patterns. Create a schedule where you have a time for writing. And when a time to write comes, just sit and write.

Morning pages are a good exercise for everyone who wants to enhance writing. You need to write at least 5 pages daily. Write down your dreams or plans, but stick to the main idea of the exercise: write every day.

2. What does inspire you?
Inspiration is good when you know how to manage it. When it is uncontrolled, it is not useful at all. But when you understand how to turn it on, it becomes a weapon that kills procrastination. Get inspiration from your habits. Here you will find some inspiration ideas which you can turn into your habit. Try some of them or find your own inspiration tricks.

3. Write when you feel a desire to write.
Sometimes, the desire to write comes from nowhere. Use these moments to write down some interesting thoughts that you can use in future. Get a special notebook or app for these thoughts. When you have no idea what to write, you can always come back to these notes, look them through and find something that will inspire you to write more efficiently.

4. Create mind maps.
Procrastination can be a real problem. None of the commonly used methods can help beat it. In this case, try to use mind maps. If you have no thoughts at all, make small steps. Take one word and start to write associations for it. Then, add associations to associations. Work through it. Eventually, you will notice that you are ready to write.

5. Motivation
Motivation can be the strongest tool which beats procrastination. You need to find out what motivates you. Perhaps, a monetary reward is the most effective motivation. Or a fear of losing your clients motivates you more. Maybe, you are motivated with the feedback or response of your readers. Find a proper motivation and follow it. Still not motivated? Don’t procrastinate and get in touch with cheap writing service for help from academic writers.

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Writer’s block and procrastination are two problems that plague writers. How do you overcome procrastination and writer’s block? I look forward to your views in the comments section.

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  1. Annabelle Franklin

    Great tips! I would add one – when you need to begin a first draft, turn off the computer altogether and use a pen. There’s no ‘f’ button on a pad of paper!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Annabelle,
      So great to hear from you. As an author, you’d certainly know important tips for overcoming writing procrastination. Thank you for writing and sharing yours with us.

  2. Kimi

    Janice I love that you actually include the advantages of procrastination. See, I knew there had to be some! I love creating mind maps, sitting, letting my ideas flow and plan things out is very helpful to me when it’s time to actually start writing. Very nicely done! 🙂

  3. Melinda

    Advantages to procrastination? Thanks, BBFFJ, I just learned something!!
    Your BBFFM

  4. John Doe

    Any tips that will aid in stopping procrastination is always appreciated

  5. Mark

    These are five excellent tips Janice!

    Thanks so much for sharing them!And while I can certainly relate
    to all five of your excellent tips, without question, tips #’s 1,3 & 4, definitely
    personally resonate with me the most!

  6. Sandy KS

    Schedules are a great idea for some. not for me. I tried schedule and wrote less than before. Now I do have a notebook that I jot writing ideas down. It does help me to keep writing. I suggest everyone should have a jurnal or something to jot their ideas in. One I write an idea, I will use a highlighter to cross it off. That way i know i wrote about it. But can still read the idea. As sometimes I have more than one idea for the same idea.

  7. Bill Kasman

    Procrastination takes many forms and I think I’m an expert at every one of them! Mind you, it can be difficult at times to tell the difference between procrastination and a necessary break to recharge ones’ batteries.

  8. GiGi Eats

    I don’t have to worry about this thankfully because I do not procrastinate… EVER!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gigi,
      What makes one of us. LOL however, I do perform well under pressure. Thank you for writing.

  9. lisa

    really great tips…thank you for sharing. exactly what i needed…today 🙂 lol.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lisa,
      I am glad the timing was good for you. Thank you for writing to tell me.

  10. Deb Jones

    These are some useful tips to get past that pesky procrastination. I find the another of my stumbling blocks is my fear of failure and/or perfectionist streak. Those issues can be conquered, too, with some good old positive self-talk.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Deb,
      Thank you for writing me. It is the middle that blog posts have to be perfect. Please don’t let that deter you.

  11. MizHoneybee

    I learned something new today – create mind maps! Yes, I remember using this technique at school to organised study notes. I never thought that using mind maps for blogging can actually help you generate ideas. Thanks for this.

  12. Hanz Carlisle

    Great post-Janice. You’ve broken down the steps and made it quite easy for everyone to accomplish effectively overcome procrastination. Here are some more I’d add, If your laziness is a lack of motivation then you need accountability. If you are passionate about writing then you will steer yourself to the thing you are more passionate about or you can grow up and treat your writing like a job. Do it like you are required to do it. Stop making excuses and being lazy. You are responsible for your own success or failure.

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    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hanz,
      Glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for writing to tell me. I don’t feel I suffer from procrastination. I definitely procrastinate, but then I rise to the occasion and work well under pressure. My guest author wrote it. I am well aware that others suffer from procrastination which is why I felt it was a good post for my site. Like you advised, I look at my blogging commitments like I would any job. You and I are like-minded in this regard.

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