Deadlines: How to Beat the Procrastination Trap

Writer’s block is a luxury most people with deadlines don’t have.

Diane Ackerman

I’m not a believer in “writers block”. Too often it’s a crutch, and excuse, for not doing what I know I need to do, because I don’t feel like it.

When I worked in the movie industry, I had to show up every day or I didn’t get paid. Too many days of not showing up and I didn’t have a job at all.

Simple reality, right? Basic cause and effect.

Yet many authors believe their job – writing – can only be done when they feel like it or when inspiration strikes.

That’s nonsense.

The easiest way to “feel inspired” is to sit down and start. Inspiration is a fickle lady, and she prefers to show up when you’re already working.

My favorite way to get started on those days when I don’t feel like it is to lie to myself.

I grab my trusty 2-minute sand timer, flip it over, and tell myself I only have to write until the sand runs out.

I can withstand almost anything for two minutes. Surely I can write for that long without dying, right? Click To Tweet

And the magic, the miracle happens every single time.

In less than 60 seconds, I forget all about the timer and my lie about it because I persisted just long enough to get my writing engine primed and started.

From there, it’s an easy ride downhill and across today’s finish line.

Try it. It will work for you too.

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