Peaceful 3-Step Process to
Procrastination is probably the biggest obstacle for writers to overcome.
That’s been true of countless writers I’ve worked with over the years, whether they have decades of writing experience under their belts or are just beginning.
This hurdle descends on writers for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s because you don’t have enough direction on a project. Other times it’s because you doubt your ability, or you’re afraid of what will happen after the project is over.
I’ve been talking about the value of meditation this week. One of the most profound ways it can help you is when it comes to productivity.
I was reading an article in the Harvard Business Review the other day, which talked about the importance of learning to resist impulses. If you can resist impulses, you’re more likely to make better decisions and use your time with intention. And meditation helps you resist impulses.
Your ability to resist impulses is actually one of the single biggest determinants of whether you can overcome a bad habit (like procrastination) or learn a new behavior (like writing without hesitation).
I’ve always liked my mentor, Dr. Annechild’s take on procrastination – she’s the meditation and hypnosis expert I’ve mentioned over the past few days. As a published author, Dr. Annechild has firsthand insight into the minds of writers.
She recommends viewing the procrastinator within you as a small child. That child may need to be acknowledged and comforted, but like any parent can attest, that child needs to be firmly told what will and won’t happen.
If you’ve set your sights on life as a well-paid writer, then firmly tell that child you will be writing today.
Follow that with this 3-step process to push past distractions and tame procrastination:
- Use slow and conscious breathing to calm your mind. Start with 10 slow, deep breaths.
- Observe your inner thoughts about procrastination. Be as neutral as possible as you consider whether you’re held back by fear, or uncertainty, or anything else.
- Now visualize what it will feel like to let those barriers float away. Breathe calm throughout your body and picture your writer’s life with all your goals completed or in-progress.
Do you tend to procrastinate? What other solutions work for you? Tell me here.
Tomorrow, I’ll wrap up the week by showing you how meditation can help you secure long-term success as a profitable writer.
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