Lately, because of the WordPress Post-A-Day and Post-A-Week challenges, I’ve noticed a lot of writing advice on finding time to blog daily. I agree that many of us will benefit more from our blogs if we write in a stress-free, comfortable environment with limited distractions. But I feel like some people are being left out of this widespread advice. What about the procrastinators that work best under a bit of stress? Maybe you need another way to motivate yourself, and my advice to you is:
Give yourself a deadline!
No one is looking over your shoulder or evaluating your blog’s timeliness and currency. So what’s the rush? I know this feeling, and it leads nowhere.
If you want to write daily and you’re struggling, give yourself a daily deadline. If you’re usually up until midnight, make that deadline midnight. If you want to write weekly, pick a day of the week and stick to it. If you know you have a Thursday deadline, for example, you’ll write every Thursday because you’ll feel the pressure! Consequently, your readers will begin to expect a new post from you every Thursday. Expectations are good, and will reinforce your deadlines as time goes on.
With deadlines, you still have freedom when it comes to writing. You have a whole day’s worth or week’s worth of freedom, in fact, depending on your preferences. With a midnight deadline, you can write at 6 am or you can wait until 11:30 pm- whatever works out best that day. But if you work better under pressure, chances are you will wait until the last minute to post. That’s just the way some of us are, and it doesn’t matter as long as we achieve our goals.
So if you’re struggling a little with the self-discipline it takes to keep up with your blog, try giving yourself a deadline. Don’t stress out too much over it, because, like most bloggers will agree, writing should be fun. But maybe an extra kick is just what you need to get in gear for whichever challenge you’ve accepted this year.
© Alexis Jenny, 2011.
I just noticed the announcement for the Post-A-Day or Post-A-Week WordPress challenge. As a recent graduate who is also about 35 weeks pregnant, I am a big fan of baby steps. So weekly it is!
I could not ignore this opportunity. In late December, I graduated with a BA in English through a Professional Writing program. Around the same time, I also left my job and started to get ready for baby’s arrival. Understanding that I will need to find work to do from home, I asked my professors for advice. “Write often,” they all said. “Get in the habit of writing, even when you have nothing to say.” Whether I pursue freelance work or am fortunate enough to find something more stable, cultivating healthy writing habits is key. Why not try committing myself to a plan for the year? I think 52 posts before 2012 is reasonable, even if I am a week or two late getting started.
For more information on the challenge, visit The Daily Post at WordPress.com.
© Alexis Jenny, 2011.
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