I remember when I was doing creative writing. I had just got into journaling and I was procrastinating about writing my short story until someone suggested just writing about why I didn’t want to write to get me going. It worked! I poured all the reasons why I didn’t want to write onto the paper and it got me moving.
The problem with procrastination is it breeds inaction. Inaction leads to more inaction and forms a vicious circle that is very hard to break. Taking baby steps is a great way to break procrastination.
Journaling is a very powerful tool for beating procrastination because you aren’t working directly on the project, it easy to get started with. It gets you moving, gets your bum on the chair (great for us online entrepreneurs) and doing something to beat that deadly inaction. At the same time, it gets to the root of your inaction – the emotional reasons for your procrastination and breaks the cycle.
How to Use Journaling to Beat Procrastination
Here are 3 ways to use journaling to beat procrastination:
When you have something you are procrastinating over, try taking a sheet of paper or opening up a new document and free writing how you feel about the project. Even if you are just writing “this project sucks and I don’t want to do it.” Eventually, you will run out of steam and you may even find yourself getting ideas for the project. This technique gets all the crap out the way and lets you get down to business.
Another technique you can use is to write a list of reasons why you don’t want to do the task and another list of how good you’ll feel when the task is done. This is a more structured way of doing the first exercise and lets you get all the excuses out the way and end on a high note.
A third variation on this journaling exercise is to write a paragraph about how you’d feel in a weeks time not having done the task you want to finish, now write a second paragraph about how you’d feel in a week’s time having accomplished the task. This exercise uses your imagination to overcome procrastination.
Using journaling to overcome procrastination is not only effective, it’s a fun activity that will fire your imagination.
|Carol Brennan is a writer and journaling instuctor. She helps women find their inner strength and words through journaling.
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