Sunday, 21 August 2011

5 tips to bust writers block and procrastination - these work for me.

5 tips that bust writers block and procrastination

I've held onto these from lots of other blog posts like this.

Had them for so long, I can't even credit where they came from - thanks if they were from you, because they seem to work.

1. Go Somewhere Else.
Change the way you feel by changing your environment.

Get to a new place. Coffee shop, that local library you never visit, the kitchen, wherever. Do an hour somewhere else - chances are, you’ll end up staying longer.

2. Do Nothing Social For The First 60 Minutes.
First thing, when you start, no email, no facebook, no twitter, no listening to voicemails.

This is harder than it looks, and the only way to do it is to avoid looking. This is the most effective tip I’ve ever had - it means your day starts as yours. Those friendly messages are great, but none of them - not one of them - will help you get your stuff out of your head. So do that instead first, and have a look an hour later. They will still be there. The difference is, now your stuff is there too.

3. Five Minute Start
Agree to commit the next 5 minutes SOLELY to the task you can’t get started.

Just five minutes. This works.

4. Quiet Hours
Set regular Quiet Hours, where you won’t answer the phone, or email or instant messaging or anything.

For me, two hours is enough. But it’s pretty much the same two hours.
All the tipsters say let the world know and explain what you are doing, so they won’t bother you at those times. I don’t think this is necessary - just set the times, and deal with messages when you re-emerge - victorious that you at least gave yourself a distraction-free window.

5. Being The Mayor Of Whole Foods On Foursquare Isn’t Going To Make Your Idea Happen.

This is my favourite.
I’m not on Foursquare, but I guess it’s about what you do in the time where you ‘go under’. If you can be as obsessive about getting stuff out of your head and onto the page, as you can with an app or a game, that’s a great groove to be in.
(This tip was from here)

Now maybe try closing this window and doing that thing instead?

(unless you want to leave a COMMENT with your own tips for getting started?)

Engaging Kids Online: Maurice Wheeler at TEDxTransmedia 2012

- Why are children drawn to Facebook? What needs does it satisfy?

Here are the development stages:
Copy Cat

Role Player

Control Freak
- The world is scary - time to take control:
1 Collecting - match attacks - Club Penguin puffles
2 Nurturing - pets - Moshi Monsters
3 Customising - changing how bedroom looks - stickers - Habbo Hotel

Tribal Sharer (8/9/10 yrs)
- How you fit in:
1 Badging - facebook
2 Communication - bbm messaging
3 Peer Comparison (competition, or body image) - gaming

Identity Explorer
- Testing new identities:
(eg different circles of friends at guides, church or gym)
Different personalities on different social networks

Confident Consumer

What's also cool about the above is that we don't fully grow out of the stages...

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