By Petros Eshetu, Regular Columnist.
So, how do you write more consistently when you have so many distractions in you life.
Your boss wants you to work more hours.
Your business needs more sales and clients.
Your relationship needs work and attention.
Now, on top of all that, you want to start writing your articles, guest posts, books etc.
How do you even begin?
You’re being pulled in so many directions trying to make everyone happy. Like an elastic band, if you are stretched too long, you will snap and break. You will give up on finishing your writing.
It is no wonder that you can’t even get started!
I know this well because this happens to me too. Trying to work on my coaching business, staying in touch with family, and maintaining healthy exercise has been a challenge.
The truth is, it’s hard stay motivated to write every day.
Some days, you can get inspiration and write for hours and hours (even days). While other days you go ‘blank’ and you can’t even type a word, let alone look at your computer screen or paper.
You just don’t feel motivated. You tell yourself “Oh, I can do it later!”.
This is how procrastination starts in your writing, and you slowly lose motivation to get back on track.
I want to share 3 habits on how you can move past your writing slump.
Tip # 1 – Set an intention
“Our intentions creates our reality” by Wayne Dyer
You want to set an intention that you’re going to write on that day. Before the day starts, set an intention (or goal) in the morning and that ‘I’m going write for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour, or whatever time for that day’.
It might sounds simple, and that’s because it is.
You have so many thoughts that will run throughout your day, and you want writing to be in the forefront of your mind.
If you’re afraid that its hard to focus on your writing during day because of the distractions, then do it as the first thing in the morning. Do it before all the emails come and while everyone is sleeping.
Tips # 2 – Find your ideal environment
Find your ideal work environment where you excel and that inspires your creativity.
Do you like noisy environments, like at coffeeshop? Or do you prefer quiet environments, like a library or out in nature?
It’s going to be different for everyone.
Personally, I love coffee shops. It’s always been my go-to place for my writing inspiration. It’s an excuse to get myself out the house. I enjoy the energy and the buzz from the café surroundings while smelling the distinct coffee aroma.
Tip # 3 – Just show-up and write
I know it sounds obvious, but really it’s about just showing up and writing.
It doesn’t matter what you write, just start writing. Even if your writing is crap, that’s fine, just continuing writing.
If you can’t think of anything, then just write how your day’s been going.
If you still feel stuck. just write that you’re stuck or ‘I don’t know what to write.’ Eventually something will come up.
Your goal is not to sit there and write a masterpiece. It would be nice, but it doesn’t always happen that way.
Your goal is to build that habit of writing.
Because even if you write crap today, tomorrow is a new day. A new opportunity to continue growing. Over the weeks and months, you will make slow but steady progress. You will start to see results.
And, if you miss a couple days, don’t be harsh on yourself or beat yourself over it. Just get back up and continue from where you started.
So, remember: set an intention, find an environment that inspires your creativity and then just show up and write.
Remember that, it’s not how you start but how you finish that counts.
Which of these writing habits do you like the most? Please comment below.
Petros Eshetu is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book, The Introvert Immigrants Journey, and a book coach for transformational leaders who want to share their message to the world through a book so they can make a big impact on humanity. To learn more about Petros, visit his Facebook Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/dreampassionlife/