A common issue that a lot of blog owners have is a hard time finding the motivation to create new content for their website (myself included!). This can be frustrating because you have the passion for the blog/website you run – otherwise you wouldn’t be running it – but you still say to yourself “I’ll definitely write something tomorrow”, or something like that.
So how do we get motivated to write articles/posts for our sites? There are many different ways to get motivated to write something including:
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- Ensuring you have the right environment
- Setting aside a specific time and length of time
- Giving yourself a deadline
- Reading other people’s posts
- Getting some fresh air
- Reducing the amount of work
- Finding things that inspire you
1. Ensuring you have the right environment
When you are working, the right environment is important. Some people work better with everything neat and tidy and others can work in complete chaos. But it’s not just how tidy your desk is – is the temperature comfortable? Is your seat comfortable? Do you need complete silence or do you prefer music in the background? And if so, is it the right type of music for you?
For me, it doesn’t matter what the state of the desk is in as I can ignore it. I cannot work in bright sunlight so I pull the blinds down a bit to defuse the light more. And I have to have music playing – but nothing with words (I tend to type what I hear). Surprisingly for me, I found that I like listening to electronica which isn’t something I would’ve thought I would be into!
2. Setting aside a specific time and length of time
Some people work better in the mornings, some in the evenings. Whether you are a lark or an owl, do whatever works for you. Just because the ‘norm’ is to work 9 to 5, doesn’t mean you have to. And when setting time aside, I always make sure that after working on an article I have my relaxing time so if I go over, it’s not the end of the world and I’m not constantly clock watching – although some people swear by using an alarm.
If you have set yourself a specific length of time and you finish your article early this is when it would be helpful to keep going until the end and start another article.
3. Give yourself a deadline
If you procrastinate often, as I do, then setting yourself a deadline could be a way to get those creative juices flowing. I have a countdown showing how long I have left until the deadline – a week, 3 days, 4 hours… panic! It also helps with showing how long your work really takes you. You could be surprised that something you though normally takes a couple of weeks, you end up getting done in 5 days!
I give myself short deadlines as I do the majority of my work close to the deadline than at the beginning (referred to as student syndrome).
4. Reading other people’s posts
Not for ideas. The problem I’m talking about in this post is about motivation, not getting ideas. Reading posts by other people, especially those that you admire or wish to emulate can spur you forward and get you motivated.
5. Getting some fresh air
Getting some fresh air can not only clear away the cob webs but also give you a break from what you were doing and when you return you feel refreshed and ready to combat that job you’ve been putting off for long enough. Just remember when you return to follow step 1 above!
6. Reducing the amount of work
Procrastination can come from seeing the amount of work that you have to do and literally scaring yourself into not doing it. There’s an elegant solution to this – break the work down. If you are sitting there faced with a big article that you need to write, don’t plan to write it in one go. Sit there and think “Right. All I’m going to do is write down a few simple bullet points of what I’m going to cover.”. When you come around to working on your article again, your ideas are already there and all you have to do is type them up.
There’s an elegant solution – break the work down
Sometimes you get ‘in the zone’ and end up continuing and getting further than you thought you would. Good times!
7. Finding things that inspire you
The internet is full of inspirational quotes, images… pictures of cats hanging from clothes lines. But you can also find music inspirational. Or maybe there’s a picture you took on your phone, a picture drawn for you or a book you read when you were younger which you found inspirational. However and wherever you find it, keep them nearby and ready to inspire you when you are not ‘feeling it’.
A quote I read once said:
When you feel like giving up, remind yourself why you started
How about yourself?
What gets you motivated to write your articles? Or even motivated to do other things! Let me know what your tips are for getting yourself working again and help out other procrastinators out there.