Hm. Okay. Are you sure about that? I’m sure if I sat down and tallied up everything that needs doing between the business and personal life, I’d end up using that excuse too.
The truth is, the more you say “I can’t…” to anything, the more of a reality it becomes. It’s what I’d like to call a negative affirmation. These kinds of affirmations are sneaky little buggers. They slip in all the time and we don’t realize it at all. Next time you catch yourself saying “I don’t have any money”, stop and consider what you’re saying. Try “I have money, I choose not to spend it right now” and see what happens after you do that enough times.
But I’m getting slightly off track. Back to the point.
You have time to write. You have plenty of time to do all the things you want or need to do. What it may come down to is a few small factors you may not have considered before.
Are You Setting Realistic Goals?
One of the biggest project killers and fuel for the procrastination rocket is biting off more than you can chew. Big, unmanageable goals mean big, unmanageable fears. Big unmanageable fears equal avoidance. Why set yourself up for failure from the get-go?
Start small. Break down that Big Goal into smaller bites. Every finished step is a victory in itself. How much better will you feel with a bunch of victories under your belt as you move ahead to that final destination?
Priorities are good…only for as long as you need them.
We all need priorities if we’re ever going to get anything done at all. But how many priorities from the past are you clinging to now? Priorities change. What was applicable to your life ten or twenty years ago may not apply anymore. Time to let it go and set new ones for what you’re doing in the Here and Now.
Routines and Rituals
Many famous writers have their own little rituals when writing. Going through the motions of a personal ritual signals our minds on a subconscious level that right now, you need a special kind of focus. Rituals are a way of channeling our energy. Want to find out more about writing rituals? Check out The Ritual of Writing from our archives.
Don’t fall victim to writing’s biggest excuse, or any excuse for that matter. Take a look at what is really bothering you, figure out which little Sabotage Demon is nipping at you and slay it right there on the spot.
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