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How To Overcome Procrastination As A Writer, Blogger Or Entrepreneur

How To Overcome Procrastination As A Writer, Blogger Or Entrepreneur

Abdullahi’s Note: This is a guest post by Abdullateef Abdul, an award-winning essayist, difference-maker, and progress-enthusiast. He posts insanely useful writing tips with doses of powerful motivation at mywordcraft. If you, too, will like to write a guest post for me, see this guide.

You really want to open a blog, put in an entry for a writing contest, compose an article or blog post, or do something else … something big but you realise you keep postponing doing so time and time again.

You know why?

Procrastination

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You are being played by a thief of progress called procrastination. This thief prevents you from taking the necessary steps you need to take to achieve your goals. It turns you into a mediocre … always wishing … never doing the needful … never daring the odds … never conquering new territories … never breaking barriers.

Just WISHING.

Knowing and removing the barrier

This is the part where you get to know the thief and how it operates.

Procrastination works mainly on two human tendencies: the tendency to have fear and the tendency to give excuses.

Long ago, I nursed the desire to launch my online platform. But procrastination had the better of me for about a year. Yes, a solid whole year!

Guess how? By simply capitalising on those human tendencies.

First, it gave me the clichéd EXCUSE of busy schedule – internships, exams, chores, studies, outings, errands and whatnot.

In another breath, it instilled several FEARS in me – the fear of failing, of turning out a mediocre, of betraying expectations, or simply not being good enough.

I lingered in this state for long until I realised what works.

Here’s what works…

Kill the thief!

Yeah, kill the damn thief called procrastination.

To do this, you need to admit that your excuses – no matter how valid or genuine they seem – are nothing but excuses deserving absolutely no right to come between you and your goals. And then … jettison the excuses.

Also, admit your fears and be courageous enough to dare, face, and surmount them.

Now, let’s get more practical.

Three practical steps to overcome procrastination

These three steps help you overcome procrastination whether you are a writer, blogger, entrepreneur or other than them.

#1: Start

The first step is to start.

Start!

Do what needs to be done. Importantly, DO THEM NOW, not tomorrow or later.

This is the key to opening the door to your dreams. I wanted to open a blog long ago but I kept telling myself I’ll do that later. One day, I realised almost a year had passed and I’ve still not opened one!

Then, I made up my mind that I’m opening it that day. I did not succumb to the whispers of Mr. Procrastination but instead went ahead that moment to open the blog.

So, if there’s an essay contest you want to enter, a blog you want to open, or any other dream you want to chase, go do it now!

Start!

#2: Continue

Continuing is the second step.

You might open a blog, and then get hooked at the point of crafting your first or even subsequent post. Or you might start composing your entry for a contest, and then, face a little roadblock.

What are you to do? Stop and bow out?

Of course, not.

In the face of challenges, continue! That is the spirit. Start and continue.

#3: Don’t stop

Then, there is the last step which is especially important if you are engaged in a long-term exercise like … say blogging – don’t stop.

You may start a blog and discover you’re not getting traffic. You may start an essay and then at a point begin to doubt the quality of your entry.

Still, don’t stop.

Continue and finish it! That’s the attitude of winners – they never quit. Quitters however never win.

So go take the bull by the horn and kill the life out of procrastination. How did you do this?

First, jettison your excuses and surmount your fears. Then, start whatever it is you want to do, continue with it, and don’t stop till you finish.

So how else do you deal with procrastination? Please share in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Ayeyemi Taofeek Aswagaawy says:

    You’ve said it well and brilliantly. The secret is just to start and unstoppable continuing. Kudos.

  2. Okoli Izuchukwu says:

    Dear Tosin,
    I sent you a msg on ur facebook page and on ur email inbox, but I’m yet to get any form of reply from you. I am meant to believe you think it’s a spam mail. Pls it’s not…you can verify my account details on fb. I have nothing to hide. Pls inbox me as soon as you see this msg. Pls and Thanks, as I eagerly anticipate ur reply.

  3. Ibrahim Sodiq A says:

    Alhamdulillaah, you’ve just kill the thief for me.

  4. Nice work.
    One thing I wools love to add is that as writers, one thing that opens the door to the thief is the fact that before you start writing, you want to have the whole idea of the work; Tou wouldNTSC start until you believe you have a structured work in your head.
    Well, try something else: let the mad man run loose. Just start. It doesn’t have to be perfect at the beginning. Just pick up your pen and write…write whatever you want to write and then you call the carpenter to join the work together.
    Remember, let the mad man run loose.

  5. Oh my, you guys are the bomb. Am at the centre of all your discusssions. I hope I get to kill the theif because it is about to steal a book from me.

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