To the casual observer, my writing space looks like any other home office.
Sometimes though, it is known as Procrastination Central.
Yes, I admit, I am quite often a procrastinator.
My office is not only used for writing, it's where I facilitate online writing classes and work as bookkeeper for my husband's/son's carpentry business. So there's much happening there, with great potential for procrastination and distraction. As much as I like to get right to a task, I often circle around them, wasting time.
Can anyone relate?
After a few super crazy weeks, I felt the need to revisit my strategy. These tips should help convert Procrastination Central into Productivity Central.
1) Ignore the internet. I often compare the internet to an abyss. It's too easy to fall in and get lost. Ignoring it for a while is a must.
2) Minimize potential interruptions. Take care of pressing must-do items (like paying a bill), set the phone on silent, etc..
3) Assemble resources. Place snacks, beverages, files, books, etc. within reach.
4) Set small goals. Break tasks into segments. Progress, even in small chunks, offers a sense of accomplishment and motivation to press forward.
5) Set the timer. This correlates with #4, and provides a catalyst for productivity.
6) Dangle the carrot. Set mile markers and include rewards. Meet a small (or large) goal and celebrate with chocolate, a walk, or something equally fun and exciting. :)
7) Apply the principle of sowing and reaping. Build good habits by exercising self control and perseverance. Sow discipline and determination, reap productivity.
What would you add to the list? What's the craziest thing you've ever done when procrastinating?
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