And it works every time. Significantly. Maybe these two very simple tips will be helpful to you too.
The first is to make a list of exactly what I want to accomplish in the time I have. A TO DO list if you will. A detailed one, Or as much detail as needed, anyway. The importance of the detail is to get a decent idea of how much time and effort the task will take, because…
…being realistic is quite important. You know how much time you’ve got. So why in the world would you list tasks you know you’ll never accomplish within that constraint?
That doesn’t mean you can’t pack that list full of things to do. Sure can, but only IF it’s realistically achievable — keep wishful thinking out of this.
(The good news is, the more you do this, the more you realize and learn how much you can actually do time-wise.)
The second thing? It’s even simpler. Just start writing, a small amount. That’s it… start. Aim for something small, maybe 50 words. Any idiot can do 50 words, basically, whether you feel like it or not. So, start doing it.
What I find is that this is like a little brain switch. We waste a lot of time simply thinking of what we need to do, and coming up with one reason or another not do it (waiting for inspiration, checking Facebook, blah blah blah). By simply flicking the switch and actively starting to do something any moron can do — 50 measly words! — your psyche and focus fall into place and you begin working.
Once you’ve managed to force yourself into gear, off you go! Just follow your TO DO list map.
Hey, works for me. Worth a try if you have a writing productivity problem — as you can see, it’s dirt simple and costs you nothing. Good luck!