Um, no. But, it might be helpful.
We’ve talked about procrastination before, but this article from The Atlantic online suggests that it is perfectly normal for writers to be procrastinators. And there are two helpful hints for overcoming procrastination.
1) Set your deadline to begin slightly AFTER the time you should begin in order to shock yourself into beginning. (I’m one of those persons who sets a few strategic clocks ahead a few minutes to make myself believe I’m running late so I move a little faster. Well, that’s the theory. What actually happens is that I set my clock two minutes early, say, “Oh! The time! Oh, yeah, I’m OK, I still have two minutes.” And still wind up five minutes late. I realized the folly this year when I read this old Dear Prudie column, and started setting all my clocks for the right time, AND THE WORLD DIDN’T FALL APART. This advice for setting alarms a little later might work for me, now that my clocks are all on the right time.)
2) Convince yourself that it’s fun. And c’mon, writing IS fun! When it’s working, it’s one of the funnest things in the whole wide world! (What’s not so fun, for me, is imagining other people reading my words and judging them with the same standards that my Inner Censor has. So, I’ve got to shove that imaginary audience into a box until it’s time to edit.)
A priceless passage from the article is this:
Procrastination “really has nothing to do with time-management,” Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University, told Psychological Science. “To tell the chronic procrastinator to just do it would be like saying to a clinically depressed person, cheer up.”
Although, sometimes the “Just Do It” is the final kick I need to get started. And once I’m started, I’m usually good.
This month is anti-procrastination month for me. (See what I did there? It isn’t even September yet!) I’d love to hear your tried-and-true tips for overcoming procrastination!