- You don't manage to sit down to write
- You have the "butt in seat" problem solved, but you just don't get the words on the page
- You have the "butt in seat" problem solved, you get some words on the page, but you don't manage 1,000 words every day
1. You Don't Manage to Sit Down to Write
Is Writing One Of Your Top Five Priorities?
What else is going on in your life and what goals are you trying to achieve? If writing doesn't come in those top five items, this will stop you from setting up your daily writing habit however hard you try because you have five other more important things (to you) that will take your focus away.
So the first step is to work out what those five items are for you. It's a simple process, just write out all the things you want to achieve in the next twelve months. Order them in order of importance and see where your writing actually lies on your list priorities.
If it's not in the top five, you have some decisions to make. Either you have to put the writing dream aside until you've achieved those other five goals, or you have to choose which of the other goals you'll put aside to make room for the writing.
While this is simple, I didn't say it would be easy...
Is Your Reason Why Enough?
If you're struggling with motivating yourself to get your butt in a seat or you want to work out how to move that writing goal up into your top five items. Then you'll need to have a really strong reason 'why' you want to write. What's your reason?
- Is it because you might be able to quit your job and start being your own boss?
- Is it because you want to leave a legacy behind of everything you've learned so others can learn from it?
- Is it because it's a bucket list item? You're not quite sure how it got there, but now it is you'd like to write a book...
- Or is it because you love writing and can think of no better way to spend your day?
Whatever that reason why is for you, you need to write it out.
Are You Relying On Willpower To Get You There?
It's one of the reasons Steve Jobs chose to wear identical clothes every day. It was one less decision he had to make, so one less thing used up his willpower every morning. It's also why people recommend you write in the mornings.