The First Hurdle

Working on projects, such as being an author, is hard enough. I keep on procrastinating all the time. For example, I am writing this article right now instead of writing my story. This hopefully will help you get over that first hurdle.

These are several ways that have helped me get to the beginning stage in which I think is the hardest to get through:

  1. Make a music list and play it when you are working. The music should be motivational and positive in most cases. Runners always have music while doing there work, so why not us writers.
  2. This is directed at the people who must be multitasking while working. Play a game online that you and a friend are playing. For example, I use to play yahoo pool. Although, make sure to let the other person know that you are also working on something while playing the game. This way they don’t get mad at you for all the waiting that it takes sometimes.
  3. Watch a movie that is related to the activity. For instance, I am writing story that takes place in ancient Greece. In order to help me get motivated for writing, I have been watching through the use of Netflix: Hercules Legendary Journeys, Robin Hood, and Xena the Warrior Princess, or anything that relates to that time frame in a way that can be put with what I am working. This helps a lot when we are searching for that inspiration we all need. The downside to this is you may end up focusing too much on the movie instead of your work.
  4. This goes with the movies a little, but watch T.V. I have that on sometimes just as background music. However, this method has the same downside as the number three so be careful not to get too caught up in the show.
  5. Walk away and come back. I am talking about like walking around the block or going to get a glass of water. This allows your eyes to rest as well as your mind. Something about blank pages just zap the thoughts that we had right out of our brains. Make sure though that you type right away when you get back otherwise we are back in the same dilemma.

Hopefully these several solutions I have found aids you as much as they have me. These techniques, however, don’t always work or work to conquer writer’s block. If you have writer’s block try different ways to get around it. These five ideas are just to get you going on your work. I have tried these all many times. Sometimes they work and sometimes they end up making it worse. Another thing is that it might not work one time but the next time they may. The same is true for the opposite.

Although, there is one thing I did leave out. If you have a routine, do not change it unless it fails. A routine always is the best way to do work. Also, having something to wear that when you put it on it means that it is time to work and nothing else. This is something new I’m going to try for myself and you are welcome to try it as well. I am going for a vest, but this could be a pair of glasses or even a little pin. Something that just tells you, it is time to get to work.

Please tell us what you do to get through that first hurdle? You never know if your idea can inspire others!

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Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 03:38  Leave a Comment  

Goals can be achieved

So, I just got back from Police tryouts for my states capital. I failed at the test, and not just because I am overweight. No, it was because I gave up before I even got there. I don’t care if your writing your first novel, tenth novel, or something that doesn’t do with writing. Your mind is what controls mostly if you achieve the goal or not.

Dr. Stacia D. Kelly wrote a book, Muse, in which teaches you how to get to the most out of your brain. That will help a lot of people get the most out of them if they are already positive about what they are dealing with. If you want to know about how to get the most out of you brain read her book, but if you need help getting to that point you need to change your mind first.

Yes, I said change, I know a scary word. I hate that word myself, but am working on it to become a better person. You can’t have a closed mind to write, to achieve a goal you have set forth, or a new job. Well, we could talk about how you will try to open you mind, but what good will that do if don’t know how. Take a deep breathe, it’s okay not everybody can get outside their “bubble” on their first attempt. For example my girlfriend is a person that tries to control everything, in which can cause great problems. I have worked with her for several years now opening her more up to new ideas and trying not to have her control everything. Like in golf, one shot at a time. Now that she is getting better at accepting days by days, she has more and more exciting things happening all the time.

Try something new and exciting. This might give you new ideas how to complete something, and thus giving you a fighting chance before you think about giving up. Don’t say no to something you never tried before. Dr. Stacia once told me to try taking pictures of people from online and photo-shopping them to make them mine. That was the best idea I have ever taken. Even when I get that tragic writers block, I go and work on one of the character pictures, or a map of the world they are in, and soon enough I am writing once again. See, you have all these goals, and already in your mind you are set on one way to get it done. Guess what, there are always several ways to get that one goal achieved.

Here’s a way to help you get out of that “bubble.” Yes, this is where I compare it to golf, don’t run from this due to that, it is easy to understand even if you don’t know what golf is. So you are are that first hole, right. So first you have to determine where the hole is. That is your goal you want to achieve. So you got the hole location. Now you need to figure the distance to hit the ball, this would be the time that it takes to get the goal achieved. Now you hit the ball and start to try to get to your goal. Your first choice was either helpful to get to your goal or it landed in rough. So you need to pick another way to get the rest of way to the hole or the goal if golf is not your thing. So you might find more rough or a sand trap, maybe even water. (other things that get in your goals way) So you need to keep trying different shots. (different approaches to achieve the goal.) You will eventually reach the green and be really close to finishing. You might realize there is divots or ball marks, peoples shoe prints in your way to your hole. (non golfers this would be that big thing that tries to block you from your goal and wants you to just go back to your old ways.) You will get through those, it just might take another approach or longer then expected to finish the hole, but you did it. You have achieve that long goal from a distance, now unfortunately you have the whole golf course to play yet. (non golfers this would be where you go for that next goal and make even border choices.) You will hit the rough more times, you might even get on the wrong hole once in awhile, but just keep playing till you get that goal achieved.

The biggest problem I see when people are trying to achieve a goal is they don’t want to put the work in it. I am a victim of that also. We are lazy, maybe not physically, but mentally we like to be lazy. Your brain is like another muscle you must keep it working, and sometime jump starting that with new ways. We all are capable of doing whatever you want to do. The only obstacle in the way is you.

We love hearing your thoughts and maybe they will help more people with their goals. What do you do to achieve your goals?

Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 03:41  Leave a Comment