In this post, I tell what excuses I gave myself for not writing and how I stopped using those excuses. This post may help someone to get over such excuses. There are many kinds of excuses we make to ourselves when not wanting to write. This post is just my own experience with the two excuses I made to myself. This post was inpired by an email from Linda Formichelli of The Renegade Writer blog. I’ve written about her at the end of this post, so make sure to read till the end. 🙂
I was writing regularly till I was distracted due to some problems with my old webhost. My blogs were down at random times. I finally switched to another webhost (a cheap but nice one – another post coming up about them soon). When I moved to this another webhost, I missed writing and posting on my blog. This was because I had to configure a lot of things and due to the nameserver propagation, which took almost 3 days for me. But, I surely got time to write offline blog posts. I just didn’t write them, giving myself excuses that the blog was down so I couldn’t write.
Another excuse – I love installing and configuring programs and such stuff. I also like designing the blog and keep experimenting on this front from time to time, to make my blogs look better and better. Last week, I re-installed one of my blogs (which I use for this UBC challenge, which is of course the one you’re reading right now) from scratch, because it gave lots of plugin errors and I wasn’t able to install a new plugin due to this.
It surely took a lot of time to install from scratch and then re-configure a lot of things. But even when this was done, I kept tweaking and searching and installing new (high-rated) plugins for the next two days. And I missed writing the posts. In the years gone by, I have spent many days installing and configuring stuff for nearly 18 hours a day. I’m an addict when it comes to installing and configuring something and I kept telling myself that I’ll do it later or I’ll just do it after this small design thing or just after installing this or that plugin.
I had to write 7 extra posts for the blog challenge which I missed writing those days. I have them all written now as rough drafts and have posted almost all of them by now. This one is the last one of those missed posts. After this, I’d have almost completed the blog challenge except for the last day’s post.
Okay, now how do I overcome these excuses? If I wish to install something or change the design of my blog in anyway, if I come up with an idea, I quickly jot it down somewhere (if at the computer, it’s a text note within NoteTabPro and if not on the computer, it’s a note on my smart phone or on the binder clip notepad on my table). Once I’ve done this, I feel relaxed and sure that I won’t forget to do what I want to. Later, probably at the weekend, I check the list of this “Blog Design and Install ToDo list” and select one or two from the list which I think are the most important and complete these. I have also made sure not to install any WordPress or WP theme or plugin updates when I login to the WordPress dashboard and see there are many updates to be done. Something can break and my blog would suffer. For updates as well as for trying out new plugins, I made a test blog and have many test posts on that blog. That’s where I test any new plugins/themes/updates before finally installing them on this Raspal Writes’ blog or on my technical blog.
For tackling the first excuse, I now write my blog posts mostly on my smart phone first, even if it’s half a draft. Once this much is done and transferred to my laptop or dropbox folder from the smart phone, it’s easier to do the rest. Even this post was half done at first and I completed it later.
I’ve also seen that the first thing I start to do, after my Windows has booted has a big effect on my writing, or on whatever I want to accomplish that day. If the first thing I do is to login into my WordPress admin panel and just start updating plugins or installing new ones, then the time starts slipping and I am like stuck on the chair for hours. So, I give attention to what I do first thing in the morning. Even checking email is distracting at times and takes away a lot of my time. It’s better not to check email, first thing in the morning. I’m not a FaceBook or Twitter addict (Thank God), or who knows I would be wasting a lot of time on these social networks too.
I had once read on one of Steve Pavlina’s blog post about doing the hardest or worst thing first thing in the morning. What would be the hardest part of work for writers or bloggers? Writing an article or post, of course! So, that’s what we should start with, first thing in the morning, and read or reply email, blog comments, FaceBook comments later in the day. This is one good productivity tip from the above productivity guru.
This post was actually part of my reply to Linda Formichelli of The Renegade Writer, from whom I receive daily morning motivation via email. If you want daily motivation to write, you can subscribe to her Morning Motivation for Writers. Linda’s blog was selected in the top 10 blogs to watch in 2012. She has always replied my emails however long they were. I have asked advice from them about writing. She loves to help aspiring writers. You may also check her latest bestselling Kindle eBook named Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race. I bought it when it was just out and at dirt cheap price of 1.5 USD. Even now, it’s very cheap because she wants to help aspiring writers and freelancers. I’ll read it after this Ultimate Blog Challenge ends this 31st October. Will also write a short review of the eBook on another blog post next month.
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