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Article Marketing Strategies: 5 Ways To STOP Procrastinating and Start Writing Articles!
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When you look at your to-do list, do you feel like you're trapped in between King Kong and Godzilla?

Procrastination is the act of avoiding doing things that we know we should be doing. Then, the more we avoid something, the more pressure we feel, which makes us want to avoid it even more.

And then it becomes a vicious cycle of avoid, feel guilty, feel pressured, avoid, feel guilty, feel pressured.

This cycle must stop!

As one of your article marketing strategies, you must to learn some tricks for getting yourself into gear so that you can get your article writing done.

Don’t have any tricks yet? That’s fine. I’ve got a slew of them!

Here are 5 of the most effective ways to stop procrastinating and start writing articles:

1 – Clean your desk.

Alright, so you don’t feel like writing. You look at your desk, and it just reminds you that you’re supposed to be writing, so you decide to avoid that area of the house for a while.

Here’s a trick for being a more productive writer, and you don’t even need to turn on the computer to do it:

  • Do something productive in your office. Most likely your desk could use some sprucing up, so that’s a great place to start.
  • If your office is in your bedroom, make your bed. Do something to get some sense of order going in that room so that you don’t cringe every time you look in there.

Getting things looking tidy in your work area does something to your attitude about work. It builds confidence. It makes you feel like you have things together, at least in one area. It gets you moving in a positive direction, taking action to accomplish something.

The act of avoiding becomes so easily addictive–we avoid in one area, and that makes it more likely that avoiding will be our natural response when faced with another challenge.

Doing something simple like cleaning can help get you going in a more positive direction.

2 – Do the hardest thing first.

I think I learned that from David Allen, of “Getting Things Done” fame.

We often procrastinate just because we are dreading a certain activity. Procrastinating on one thing can lead to putting other things off–we just get in the habit of avoiding the work that isn’t fun.

The trick for overcoming this is to just face your fears head on. First thing in the morning, tackle your most dreaded to-do item.

Once you get it off your list or make at least some headway on it, your attitude completely changes, and you are more likely to face other tasks that day with gusto rather than dread.

3 – Break your task down into small steps.

Looking at a big project can be overwhelming, and when we feel overwhelmed what do we do? We procrastinate.

What is the first thing you need to do to write an article?

Likely it will be coming up with a topic. Do that. Check out these resources if you need some help:

The 7 Best Article Templates

Top 25 Article Topic Ideas

Article Writing: How To Find Great Topics

4 – Identify and remove interruptions.

People say that technology saves them oodles of time, but it’s also true that technology can be a very effective time sucker-upper.

When you’re trying to write, here are some things you can do to limit techie distractions and help yourself focus on writing:

  • Close all other applications (including Twitter and Facebook).
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Close your email.

Then, sit down to write in peace. Focus your brain on one task–writing.

5 – Turn writing into a game.

I tell you about this one all the time, but that’s because I do it and find that it works.

  • Put a kitchen timer on your desk and set it for 30 minutes.
  • Give yourself a goal. For example: Write a first draft by the time the buzzer rings.

The time limit gets the adrenaline flowing, which can help kick-start you into action.

Procrastination can get us into big trouble, especially when we let it go on and on.

This week, I’d like you to commit to stop procrastinating when it comes to your writing. Use these tips to get yourself out of the downward spiral and into an upward one.

Do you have any special tricks of your own that help you stop procrastinating?

Please share!

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10 Responses to “Article Marketing Strategies: 5 Ways To STOP Procrastinating and Start Writing Articles!”

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  2. SerryJW says:

    Funny, I do just the opposite when approaching a major project. I am a doodler. When I am relaxed, watching TV, I will jot down ideas, phrases, an outline. Once I have broad picture, I find the rest falls into place. I change webpages ( articles) twice a week. I am never satisfied.

  3. Great article – I will definitely try the 30 min clock. brilliant idea.

    I have found that if I try to come across as an expert ( and not really being one – that is), when I completely get writers block.
    BUT if I just write my first draft right out of my mind, then it flows much better.
    After I took that style onboard, people even comment that they like my honest style. They say it makes me a “real person”. So stay your self and writing gets much more fun.


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  5. John Yeoman says:

    The simplest way for a writer to stop procrastinating is to become a newspaper journalist or PR writer. If the article isn’t on the editor’s/client’s desk by 5pm, the pay check doesn’t arrive that month either. It concentrates the mind…

    I have some other very good tips to avoid procrastinating but, now thaI I’m retired and don’t have to please an editor, forgive me if I tell you about them tomorrow :)

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  7. Good tips, definitely worth exploring. For me when it comes to writing, I picture sitting with my best friend and I have to tell him / her my story. Then the writing becomes easy and it just flows. At least that’s the way to get the first draft. And as Tina says earlier just be yourself.

  8. Ron says:

    Hm, my employee was having some difficulties with writing his articles and asked for some help, I guess it’s safe to say that this will definitely help.

  9. chris says:

    I must admit I have not been writing for a few weeks now, even though my visitors are increasing every week my earnings have halved. Seems Google have made changes which have affected my earnings the last couple of months and its pretty much taken away my incentive for writing.

    Maybe I will try out your tips and see if it encourages me to write again.

  10. Steve Shaw says:

    @chris: That’s totally understandable to get discouraged, and great that you’re ready to get started again.

    One thing every online business owner needs to learn is that search engines change all the time and rankings change, so we can’t let the changes get us down for long.

    Really, there is one thing about Google that never changes–it wants to reward quality content. If we’ll remember that our goal is to fill our sites with quality content and create articles that are well-written and help our target readers, then we are doing all we can.

    Quality content will be rewarded in due time.

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