Keeping Productive – A Non-Tutorial

Procrastination—our worst enemy, right next to a lack of motivation. Especially when you’re an author, this can be awful, and often times, procrastination and no motivation go hand-in-hand. A dastardly duo, they are. Sometimes, it feels like we’ll never get to finishing our projects due to these two. For nearly six months, I wasn’t able to work on my book because of this. (Well, and because I was convinced I could work on eighty billion projects all at once for who knows what reason.) So what do we do? Well, like always, as this is a Non-Tutorial, I can’t tell you what to do, but I can certainly discuss what I’ve done, and perhaps it will help you guys!

The first and most important step in this is keeping a clear, relaxed mind. Or at least taking care of yourself. Stay active, even if this means just going for a short walk every other night. Something to keep the blood flowing and your mind sharp. Get plenty of sleep, eat filling (and preferably nutritious) meals, and drink a fair amount of water. Maybe do some stretches, or even yoga. I think I’m going to start doing that myself. How can you focus if you aren’t properly taking care of yourself?

Here’s what I’ve recently discovered that I can do as far as keeping productive. I like to keep a goal. When you sign up at nanowrimo.org, even when it isn’t November, they have goal trackers, where you can set a goal for yourself for a certain amount of time, maxing out at three months. You can either choose to have a particular amount of words written in, say, a couple months, or you could put in a certain amount of writing hours as your goal. I currently have a goal set where I want to get my book up to 80,000 words by the end of August. So this step can be broken down into two steps, as you begin a long-term goal into the foreseeable future, and then the next goal is a smaller term one—perhaps a goal to reach simply for that day. For me, that is a minimum of 2,000 words each day I can actually work on my book.

You also want to find a way to motivate yourself, or perhaps an incentive to completing your goal for the day. Maybe if I write my 2,000 words by the end of the work day, I will allow myself to play more Final Fantasy XII later tonight, or something like that. And then I just go for it. Even if I don’t meet my goal for the day, any work done on my book makes the day productive. Not super productive, but productive nonetheless.

Sorry for keeping this entry short. I am very out of it and even in a little bit of pain today, but I still wanted to mention this as I found that I was quite productive with my book today. If you have any tips regarding productivity, feel free to share them! We’re all prone to procrastination or a lack of motivation, so we would all appreciate any advice you can provide. In any case, I hope you all have a wonderful day. I will be here with you all tomorrow.

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