Punish Procrastination with a Writing Partner
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“I need to write…but I’ll get to it in a few minutes…”
Meanwhile two hours have passed and the pages are empty with no words. Procrastination. We have all experienced it sometimes in our lives. Some of us more often than others. As I began reading an article for this story, I didn’t realize procrastination was more than just ‘being lazy,’ putting errands off or assignments off until the last possible moment.
A total shocker to me was the fact that most procrastinators are perfectionists. Immediately, I thought, ‘that’s me!’ I never considered myself a procrastinator except until lately since I’ve been sick. There have been certain things on my to-do-list that I’ve needed to get done but haven’t gotten around to yet. So yes, I guess I’m a procrastinator.
I think when it comes to actually getting down to our writing projects, we can be easily distracted by social media, our downfall. I must admit, it has happened to me, only to cause my time limit on my writing to be lessened but still, it’s procrastination all the same. What has happened to us? We have become too engrossed with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as so many other forms of social media. Do we really need to share a photo of a meal we cooked for the family to get our friends to hit the ‘like’ button?
I enjoyed Nancy Miller’s article about online procrastination, “Network or Self-Sabotage?” She offered interesting and smart advice on how to counter-attack procrastination – by staying away or limiting our time on social media.
Grab that Partner!
However, why not go one step further in combating the dreaded pitfalls of procrastination and fight the demon with a writing partner? Perhaps you have already met friends on the Internet through writing groups, critique groups, reading groups, or you have that special friend who is a writer also, or a friend you can send emails to in order to hold yourself accountable.
After you find your writing partner, both of you need to prepare an outline of the writing goals you hope to accomplish weekly and advise each other as to when a progress report will be sent via email. Be honest, even if you didn’t reach your goal. Your writing partner is there to encourage you and to offer support. If they do the opposite, well time to find another partner! Maybe you’re thinking ‘this all sounds great, but I work full time, have kids, how am I going to find time to do all that?’ Here are some great tips from The Writing Center to help combat that. Once you set your rules, you don’t miss the social media. The creativity of writing has increased beyond your imagination with plenty of writing time and family time. Try making a schedule on your wall calendar or cell phone as to times when you can look at social media, check emails, etc. You don’t have to totally cut those out of your life, only tone it down some. It may be worth it in the long run. Who knows, you might be writing a best-selling novel!
So long my friend!
So after all the hard work of finding the perfect writing partner and following these simple steps, I hope you beat procrastination. If you reach your writing goals and to deflect social media from your crazy, busy life, all of which I hope you can achieve. I hope you will find procrastination gone from your writing world and never come back.
Barbara Tyree is the author of the soon-to-be published mystery/thriller novel Dangerous Liaisons and is in the process of perfecting the final drafts of three other novels including the sequel to Dangerous Liaisons.
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