People procrastinate for many different reasons. It is often thought that procrastinators wait to start or finish tasks because they are busy. Just the opposite is true. People tend to procrastinate because of the fear they harbor about starting a task or project that they are not sure they can complete.
The stress of starting something new ends up in procrastination. It can also be a sign of laziness; again, not wanting to start something new because of the fear of not being able to finish. Procrastinators also act on impulsive behavior, going from one thing to another. Bottom line is that procrastination causes stress because tasks are left to the last minute and then stress sets in because of the rush to meet a deadline.
Stop Procrastinating, Start Writing
Writers live by deadlines. Juggling multiple projects and due dates is just the life of a successful writer. It can be stressful if time is not managed appropriately. A writer is also at the mercy of a client who is judging their output and work. That can also create stress. No matter how good the writer may feel the project is, the customer has the final determination on the paycheck. No wonder stress can lead the writer to procrastinate out of fear of rejection.
Good writing can be subjective. There are basic tenants of good writing that every writer tries to follow. Every writer is told that the customer who rejects a piece of work is only rejecting the words on a piece of paper, not the person. Though a writer knows this, those rejections come hard after hours of work are put into a document. Fear of rejection is a real thing in the world of trying to please a customer.
Fear leads to stress in starting the writing project. And, a writer has to write constantly to become a very good writer. Writers block is a real thing. Sometimes the words will not come. Good writers know how to work through the mental blockage, but it is a stressful time when a deadline is looming.
The writer stresses. The writer procrastinates. Then the writer hurries to put words on the piece of paper that really aren’t good enough, so a mediocre writer stays mediocre.
A writer writes to be read. The reader is the ultimate goal of the writer. The reader needs to be entertained and intrigued. A great writer understands that he or she must put themselves in the mind of the reader. Romance novels require a different style of writing than a book on sports.
If the writer is not comfortable with the audience, or reader, it is no wonder that they will procrastinate and feel stressful about writing. There are ways to conquer that stress.
Research: the more comfortable the writer feels about the subject of the document, the less stressful they will be. If there is not a broad base of inherent knowledge about the topic, spend time researching not just the subject matter, but the audience reading the document. It’s the demographics that count.
Write: a good writer writes about everything and nothing. Even if the ideas for an assigned article are not coming, just the act of writing about anything gets the mental juices flowing. Writing something every day is critical in the life of a writer.
Read: good writers should read works by great writers.
Procrastination and stress about writing is based on fear. Remember, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and even Anne Frank were rejected by publishers. They became great writers in spite of the rejection. Stop procrastinating and start writing. It begins with one little word.