This is my hinge year. The next few months I will be watching the game from the bench. It has been hard enough already to see how everybody else is moving ahead with their lives (friends getting married, moving houses, starting new careers) while I am just here, waiting.
I bought myself months and months of freedom without realizing that inspiration exist and most of the times it catches you working. So with all this free time I have for writing, I found myself doing a lot of nothing.
To be fair, I did finish a novel, about pirates, none the less! I am working like crazy taking photographs of women and kids. But I do a lot of sitting in the sofa watching series marathons. Too much of that. And too much of what causes procrastination as well: fear of failing (especially with the high goals I set for the end of this year), perfectionism and Netflix.
So, I made it to a point where my mind screams: enough! And I did a little research about how to stop procrastinating. Here are my top results, the ones I will start putting into practice right away.
I am an expert cupcake cooker now.
1. Set short term goals.
If the deadline you set to yourself (or somebody else sets for you) it’s in so many months from now, you will find yourself with tons of extra time. If, instead, you set short terms goals, like: next week I will have two more chapters of my new novel, then it is something you can accomplish and feel the reward in a few days time.
It is a bit as when you want to lose weight, you take it kilo by kilo (or pound by pound)
2. Write even if you are not typing
Especially on creative jobs, to think, to have time to sit and get lost in the nothingness of our mind, it is very important. We need to set our story straight before sit and type, we need to create believable characters and all of that takes time. If we take that time to think and create before we sit in front of the computer (or the notebook) then we will have the Blank Page in front of us (and how terrifying that is!) for a shorter period of time.
3.Take time for you and that project
Some people recommend to write 900 words every day. I think it is a wise advise even though I haven’t found myself doing it… probably if I put all the words I have written together, I discover I did accomplish that recommendation. Other people recommend setting a moment of the day to write everyday: before breakfast, at night, whenever it suits your schedule.
Well, yes, I agree we all need a moment for ourselves to write. To sit our butts down and start typing. I haven’t discovered when it is good for me yet. But it would be great to be able to write 900 words every day in a specific moment.
4. Surround yourself with beautiful things
Objects, thoughts, love letters, flowers, whatever is good for you. If the messy environment works for you, go ahead! But you need to feel comfortable in the place that you choose to create.
5. Recognize success
It is what primary school teachers do when they give us a star for good behavior or a well accomplish task. Why should we quit the pleasure of receiving something nice for our success? A nice coffee, for example, or a bubble bath. Something simple, it doesn’t need to be a Caribbean cruise as a reward, but a simple and nice gesture to recognize that we are doing a nice job.
My Parisian mug