How Effective Info Product Creators Defeat Procrastination To Get It Done
1. Evaluate the element of the project that you're avoiding. What is it that prevents you from
getting started on this part of your writing project? If the task seems overwhelming, it's usually because it's too
much to handle in its entirety. The solution? Break it down into smaller chunks. Divide any giant project into
sub-components that are quicker and easier to do. When you can look at it as a series of smaller tasks, it's no
longer an overwhelming proposition, but a manageable project that you can finish one step at a time.
2. Weigh the consequences. What's the worst thing that can happen if you procrastinate and fail
to complete your writing project? How will it affect your relationship with your client? How will it gnaw on your
conscience and diminish your self esteem? Conversely, what is the best possible result of creating another quality
piece of writing and getting it done on time? Now, do the right thing. Get started now and follow through until
3. Do something in the moment. Take charge of the situation at once and initiate whatever
action steps you need to take to move your writing project forward. Even the most daunting task can be a lot easier
once we stop making excuses and roll up our sleeves. Develop a reputation for getting things done. Putting
important tasks off makes you appear to be less committed to accomplishment. There is no value in delay. Life is a
series of moments. Seize them and use them as they are given. Delays serve no one.
4. Make a public declaration to reinforce your commitment. Find someone who you'd be
embarrassed to let down by not following through and completing that report or book you want to write. Share your
objective and the timeline for achieving it. Then, get to it by creating an outline and step-by-step plan. Sharing
your commitment with someone else forces you to be accountable. You'll be less likely to goof off and more inclined
to bear down and do whatever work is necessary to fulfill your commitment.
5. Take daily action. Act on anything that will help you get closer to the finish line. If you
want to succeed as a writer, you need to write and write often. Getting started can be as simple as firing up your
laptop, opening a project file, gaining clarification from your client by telephone, or writing the first line of
your of your opening paragraph. Take whatever action you can in the moment to get the ball rolling. Then it's just
a matter of building momentum.
6. Think before you act. If you're having trouble getting started on any writing project, it's
probably because the path isn't clear in your mind. Confusion leads to inaction. You're better off taking 5 minutes
to think about it first. Probe your mind for the reasons behind your procrastination. Are you clear about where you
want to go? Force yourself to analyze what's causing the delay. Then face up to it. Create a road map and start
from where you are. Once you know where you're going and how to get there, it's just a matter of following the
7. Confront the beast. Do the thing you keep putting off first. You're only putting it off
because you think that by avoiding action, you're avoiding the pain. But sooner or later you're going to have to
deal with it anyway and when you do, you'll likely find out that it wasn't such a big deal. Why not just complete
this troublesome task early in the day? Once it's done, you'll feel relieved and energized. Your self-esteem will
skyrocket and the
rest of the day will be easy and productive.
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