It is very hard to stay motivated to write when you would rather do something else, watch Netflix for instance. Most writers write from home or in places without the structure of an office. It, therefore, gets hard to put yourself in the writer mindset when there are distractions and appealing ways to waste time, all vying for your attention. How can you go from really wanting to watch Netflix to getting into the writer mindsets if it is that hard? What can you do to ensure that you stick to your writing goals and hence avoid rushing to make up for time wasted if you give in to the beckoning procrastination pleasures? Here are a few ways to help you get into that writer mindset even when you’d rather get cosy and catch on the latest season of House of Cards:
Make a Schedule
A structure is everything when it comes to establishing control of your mindset and ensuring productivity. You will be at a loss on what to do if you do not outline the writing tasks that you need to accomplish for each day. A writer’s bullet journal comes in handy and is as great way to plan towards your writing vision, discover your process, build strong habits and track your impressive progress! Planning down to the hour will help limit the amount of time you waste and leave you some time in the evening when you can unwind and watch Netflix without feeling guilty, as a reward to yourself for achieving the daily goals.
When you write in a clean, well-lit area with no distractions such as the background noise of the TV, your phone’s social media updates going off every other minute and your router connected such that you get tempted to check out that new trailer for “just a second,” then this distraction-free environment will help you get into the writer mindset.
Multitasking will undermine your writing process. Schedule your time such that there is a time to write and a time for chores, emails and other work.
Don’t burn yourself out doing something. Taking breaks is a great way to refocus and get back into the writer mindset when staying on the writing too long will have you longing to watch something for a change.
Seriously stop waiting until all the conditions and factors are ideal, just start writing. An early morning routine can be a great way to take advantage of the distraction-free environment but don’t get caught up in chores to occupy the time, start writing a few words and chances are you will get into the writer mindset.
How do you fight the urge to netflix and chill when you have books to write?