Well you write one like this! Not really – but I had to wait to I was procrastinating a bit too much on side issues. That is so I would feel in the right mood as I imagine you might be when you come to my post. I have other good posts to write – but they can wait! So let’s work on “writing a post when you don’t feel like it!”
Some of these are some you know (but I have to add these so you will go through a list of things to check off and others you will have the “aha” moment.)
- Clear your desk. Pack things neatly including making sure you can walk around your office without your eyes going “oh no”. This took me about 2 minutes
- Do your dishes if that is a “bee” in your bonnet. Nothing related to writing but I can tell you a clear sink does things to your “mind”. It is a “bee” in my bonnet and it took me about 3 minutes.
- Brush your hair and tie your hair back or put a hair band on to get your hair away from your face. I say this particularly to those with long hair (as I have). This is something simple but you feel good after a good brush and tidy. This took 1 and a half minutes.
- Wash your feet in the shower in cold water. If you are in winter you can still do this. It makes you alert and is great for the feet. Oh, I happen to wear no shoes around my office – particularly in summer! This took mostly 1 minute
- Wipe your face with cold water. Also an alertness help. Less than 10 seconds.
- Turn off Facebook, email and any other distractions. If you are using WordPress use the Distraction free button button under the word Text. Google Docs also has a distraction free mode if you are writing up posts for other platforms. Just make sure they integrate if you are doing any cutting and pasting.
- Get a cuppa or a drink of water. Your brain needs all the fluid it can get. I do highly recommend water if you want optimum fuel.
- Get out inspiration from my list of Blog inspiration ideas or refer to a list you have already started. (If you haven’t – work towards that. I have a bulging list in my Bullet Journal) Piggy back off ideas. Remember sometimes simple is best.
- Use http://e.ggtimer.com to time your writing of your blog. Have scrap paper next to you while you do this to see what you spend your time on. Either 1) Thinking time 2) Research 3) Writing 4) Image location. The Egg timer programme shows up on the top task bar with the seconds going backwards so you can see how you are going for time. Time blocks are good and keep you focused and on track. I suggest 15 minute increments is a good place to keep you up to speed.
- Remember you know things others don’t. You are unique. Yes you have things to learn and so does everyone else. There will always be others who know less or more than you. Suck it up Sister!
- Denzel Washington stated “Without commitment you’ll never start, without consistency you’ll never finish”. Wise statement to take to heart! Consistency is key with your blog writing – keep working at it bit by bit.
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- If you are in an office with natural light – look out if possible periodically – it’s good for your eyesight, your brain and your sense of being clearly focused.
For your eyes consider the 20-20-20 rule . Looking in the distance 20 feet (6 metres) for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Just going outside and looking in the distance or from a window at the horizon or far away will do the trick.
- If you don’t have natural light get up every half hour to have a sip of water and breath in some fresh air if possible in your environment.
- Consider the Pomodoro Technique 52 minutes work and 17 minute break. A study found 10% of the most productive people followed this regime. It’s worth a try if it’s going hard-slog into blog posting is not working well.
- What if you have a writer’s block? Here are listed 14 tricks that work You will be sure to find something that resonates with you.
- Don’t over-look the value of changing working on your blog altogether for another task or setting a time block to start the next day. There is value in going through your post after a break to fine-tune, tweek and review it.
- If you can’t finish straight away – look online for an accountability buddy. Someone who has a close vision on blogging that you do. Hook up with them for periodic inspiration and motivational “check-ins”. This is also a valuable resource if you wish to brain storm blog post ideas.
- Pat yourself on the back and take note of how long it took you to complete your blog post.
For your information: (FYI) This blog post in draft form took me just under an hour. Some knowledge I had already in my head – so research for links was not a problem. I have since looked for suitable images and that has taken me a little under 30 minutes. I spent about 5 to 10 minutes on thinking. My final review and tweaking took 25 minutes.