7A little story before I begin. Before I developed a writing schedule I was tossed to and fro by any and every distraction. Writing, other than my daily journaling, was pushed aside. I found it easier to procrastinate and writer's block was at an all time high! It was frustrating, but I relied on the excuse of working "better under pressure," when in fact I was drowning in unfinished writing projects. Ugh! I knew "what" to do, but I was not actively engaging in my own instructions. I knew this had to stop and so I began with the planning tool I shared with my writing students.
The planning tool I equipped my writing students with is an appointment sheet. This sheet begins at 6 am and ends at 11 pm. Each student is asked to review his or her week and determine a time to write. This time is personal, whether in the morning, afternoon, or evening. The only requirement is for the dedicated time to be consistent. I am a firm believer in consistency, especially when it comes to spending quality time in the morning to listen to God. I guard that time like a bulldog (smile). Likewise, when you create a time to work on a writing project, guard it! The consistent, small segments of time allocated to writing will help you finish strong. Let's hear from you! Do you have a writing schedule?
7 Ways Writers can Conquer Procrastination