We all know about procrastination. That little sucker will have you doing everything but the one thing you know you should be doing. I wanted to write one blog per week. I came to realise that with a full-time job and other commitments, that was going to be difficult. Then I decided two blogs per month was reasonable. Yet here we are on the last day of August and I’m thinking I have zero blogs for this month. I also have zero excuses.
My mood has been 'meh' and I’ve been flat out, yet all my spare time seems to have been taken up by nothing. For some reason I couldn’t fathom doing things that actually need thinking.
This is not the original blog I wanted to post. But, sharing is caring. Others suffer the procrastination bug or feel 'meh' also. If you are one of those people, here is how I got out of my mini rut and managed to write this blog.
Feeling guilty? Here's why you shouldn't
I am a master at making myself feel bad. 'Damn I ate that piece of chocolate, now I have gained 5kg! I haven’t written my 2 blogs this month and SEO is way too much to process, I will never be a writer!' In reality none of it matters much. Negative self talk is something all humans suffer from. Rather than letting it happen, awareness is key. Be aware of it and nip it in the bud. Think of something else instead. Anything. I know it's hard. Especially when you want to pursue writing and you can't work out why you're finding it so hard to sit down and write. Over the past month I have come to realise the importance of being nice to yourself. Yes, I haven’t practiced or learnt a lot this month, but that doesn’t mean I am a terrible person or that I won’t get to it. I am doing it now, so go away nasty little negative voice!
Inspiration and how to draw it out of hiding
Reading always gets me inspired. I started reading A Bone Of Fact by David Walsh. David built the Mona Museum in Hobart, which I recently visited for the second time. That place is fascinating. Some of the exhibits I can only describe as magical. The book so far is brilliant. He is hilarious, witty, honest and his writing is wonderful. Each time I pick it up, it’s nudging me towards writing. What I am trying to say is do something that inspires you. It can be anything. I mean, cleaning sometimes inspires me. Whilst I am de-cluttering the house, I am also de-cluttering my mind and making room for something new.
The next best thing - human connection
Rose has been kind enough to guide me through this copywriting journey. She has been kind enough to check in and suggest ways for me to get out of my funk. She has also a fabulous blog about research . Inspired by yours truly asking her how she approaches research. That, I found inspiring. Connecting with others. Sharing ideas, experiences and learnings. Having someone there to push you along a little when you need it. It is so valuable and all the reading in the world cannot replace actual human interaction. So go out, connect with someone.
How and why to be nice to yourself and your project
Today I bough a new fancy skin serum. It felt indulgent and exciting. I am happy I got to do something nice for myself. I am also currently having a delicious glass of shiraz. Yes, I am so very nice to myself right now! I also spent an hour reviewing the settings of my blog page. I cross checked the set up against an SEO checklist I found. I then learnt about and updated the SSL and AMP sections. I linked my Twitter account and enabling the Google Search Console. I gave myself and my blog so much love.
In short, if you are in need of rescuing from the procrastination bug or you are in a funk, remember;
· Guilt gets you nowhere other than feeling down about something you didn't do. There is time. You will do it.
· Get inspired – do something that will inspire you to work on the activity you have been putting off
· Human contact – there is no substitute. Connect with someone who can give you a boost
· Be nice to yourself and your project – you both need TLC to grow
And I may not have written the two blogs this month and it may not be that great, but one average blog done is better than none! Keep a positive attitude and smile, it’s the best way to get things done!