Procrastination is seen as a bad thing. It is frowned upon. We try and find ways to stop the procrastination from happening. We follow tips and advice on being productive. In some way though procrastination is a good thing. Writing is difficult when it is forced which many bloggers discover after a while of running a blog. It is not always easy to write 500 words every couple of days, sometimes it is not possible to follow the rigid blogging schedule. These situations can be considered as a writers block, sometimes they are look at as being unproductive, sometimes they are a procrastination.
Procrastination can be looked at as a natural filter that only allows you to write when you are inspired and when you feel like writing. It defends you from your becoming a robotic, soulless writer who writes on command and without too much thought or inspiration. I have definitely seen this happen to many bloggers and freelance writers where they end up seeing their blog post writing as a task that has to be ticked off their long list of things to do. 500 words on this topic by this day, 700 words on this topic by this deadline and so on…
It ends up being too much after some time, it becomes a chore, you lose the will to do it, you lose the creativity and the love that made you start writing in the first place. Your writing and your output become worse and it is felt in the feedback you get and the stats you see in social media and on your analytics. You may be getting money from doing it but all the fun is gone.
Procrastination stops this from happenings and lets it all take place more naturally. You write only when you feel like it and you only write about topics that interest you and that you have something to say about. You only write when you have the inspiration and the drive to do it.
So what to do in case you feel like procrastinating? Just let it be. Kind of like the concept of Wu Wei where you just don’t take any action and you don’t do. Instead relax, recharge, do something else, get inspired. One of the things that can be done to get recharged and inspired to get back to the writing is to disconnect from your day to day activities. Get away from your Internet connection and from your computer, do something different today instead of spending majority of the day staring at the screen without getting much important work done.
Get disconnected from your daily life
I’ve done a 10-day retreat where I had to disconnect from my daily life. I had no Internet connection, no computer, no mobile phone, I couldn’t watch TV or read newspapers. I couldn’t speak or write either. Spending some days or even just some hours disconnected from everything you know is very useful in making you think, getting the new ideas flowing and being inspired for new projects and new things to achieve.
You can do other things as well to get inspired Go for a walk in the nature. Travel to a new place. Spend some time doing something different, something that you may not be doing in your everyday life. Cook a meal? Go for a run? Read a book? I bet you will come refreshed and recharged and with the new inspiration and will to take on the important tasks and get closer to reaching your writing goals. Using procrastination as a sign to relax, recharge and get re-inspired is a smart way of getting back that fun element and that will to write and achieve your targets and goals.