Have you ever wondered where memes begin? The idea of writing a review today brought fourth nothing but procrastination so I thought I’d do something cheeky and creative instead. I thought I’d be the origin of a meme. So, without further ado I give you:
WRA’s Seven Procrastination Busters [Meme]
Tip 1: Get Out, Work Out.
Get out of the house. In a way this might be giving in, but the idea is to work the blood through your body and stimulate your mind and senses with a new environment and a little sun, cloud, or night sky.
Tip 2: Stubborn Determination
Sit there staring at the empty page and allow the anger, resentment, and frustration to build. Fight against your inner instincts; a war of the mind. Let the part of you that is resolved to accomplishing the task give the tantrum throwing toddler voice inside you a firm, “Now.”
Tip 3: Progression Elsewhere
When procrastination drags it is a great time to get everything ‘else’ done. You’ll feel productive, accomplished, and energized for the rest of the day’s tasks.
Tip 4: This Computer That Computer
Change your medium. If you have a second computer it can sometimes help to switch. If not then the good old fashioned pen to paper or typewriter is as great an option. The change of medium and location can free the mind and motivate your senses.
Tip 5: Change Your Focus
Try changing your tactic. Look at your task, rethink your idea, and look at alternative ways to accomplish your goals. There may be a better option that will fire up your motivation and get you moving forward.
Tip 6: A Melody to Sooth the Beast
Dig out your headset and slam watts of music into your ears. Do you have select play lists set up that key you into writing? Often just hearing the opening track will put you in the mood and get the words flowing.
Tip 7: Conscious State Change
If the above failed it’s time for the big guns. You need to call on your inner self to create a state change. Procrastination of this sort is often blocked by an emotional factor that holds you back. Do you feel the task is daunting, boring, intensive, or time consuming? Even if you know that you will enjoy working once you begin it can be hard to get past that insipient voice.
It is all in your head and you need to change your state. Stand, close your eyes, listen to your music and consciously bring yourself into the moment. Absorb your surroundings, feel the ground under you, the air and clothes on your skin, hear the music pulsing through your body, and just come to be.
In this state of complete presence there is no anxiety, fear, or frustration. You simply are, and that is completely beautiful. When you have found that place of calm, you will find your focus. Draw on that sense of self as you proceed and follow your heart.
I Tag You!
With seven tips I’m going to tag seven blogging friends. If you really don’t want to participate, don’t feel you have to. If I don’t tag you specifically you’re still tagged if you’d like to join in. If you don’t want to join the meme but have some procrastination busters of your own to add please leave a comment. Leave a comment even if you don’t have any busters to add, tell us about your own struggles with procrastination, can you resonate with any of the tips above?
- Michele L. Tune of Writing The Cyber Highway. You’re TAGGED!
- Melissa Donovan of Writing Forward. You’re TAGGED!
- Sharon Hurley Hall of Get Paid To Write Online. You’re TAGGED!
- Amy Derby of Write-From-Home. You’re TAGGED!
- James Chartrand of JCM Enterprises. You’re TAGGED!
- Christina Katz of Writer Mama. You’re TAGGED!
- Ben Cook of Blogging Experiment. You’re TAGGED!