Procrastination isn’t laziness, lack of discipline, lack of willpower, etc.: it’s disempowerment. Disempowerment means you aren’t missing anything, but lacking access to that which you have. Remove or heal from the disempowering forces in your work and life and you’ll “automagically” recover all the energy, discipline, willpower, etc., you thought you were missing, or had […]
Indie publishing is for many businesses, not just writers! A yoga teacher earning $70 teaching a one-hour class who sells three students a $12 indie-published book, has boosted her profits more than 50%. And an independent software vendor who sells manuals for his system isn’t just sweetening his bottom line but reducing his tech support […]
In my previous article I discussed why all businesses should indie publish—including non-writing businesses. Here are some guidelines for doing it right: Clarify your goals If you want to indie publish for a hobby, or to create a memento for loved ones, then you can just cut loose and publish however you want and […]
The reasons we procrastinate are always valid, however this doesn’t stop perfectionists from labeling their reasons as “excuses,” “complaining,” “whining,” or “being high maintenance.” Don’t do this – and also keep in mind that this kind of labeling is often used by oppressors as a control tactic. (It’s also often sexist.)
This book picked me up and shook me. I started working on my novel again, stalled because I was thinking I hadn’t plotted it right (perfectionist anyone?) I also began to finish a quilt that has been languishing for 4 years because I was afraid to do it wrong (again? perfectionism?) While I read every […]
Nowhere do I claim that you should be able to write at maximum capacity regardless of whatever else is going on with your life. We’re not machines, we’re complex beings; and to deny this complexity is a form of the reductive magical thinking – a.k.a., perfectionism.
Robert Wright: “A thought experiment: Suppose you are a parent and you (a) watch someone else’s toddler misbehave and then (b) watch your own toddler do the same. Your predicted reactions, respectively, are: (a) “What a brat!” and (b)”That’s what happens when she skips her nap.” “Now (b) is often a correct explanation, whereas (a) […]
In a big rush this morning due to heavy teaching load, but had to post about this. Like most blogsters, I regularly check my stats to see how much traffic I have, where it’s coming from, etc. Among other things, I see the search terms people use to wind up on my site. Last night, […]
Most people think of procrastination as a simple bad habit, but it’s often much more than that: it’s a strategy we employ when we’re afraid of the outcome of an activity or project. So, someone who hates his job might procrastinate on looking for a new one because he’s afraid of not getting any offers, […]
From the Seven Secrets of the Prolific: a Writer Who Resources Herself Abundantly versus One Who Doesn’t
Prolific writers resource themselves abundantly. They invest in themselves and their writing. They work on great-functioning equipment, and in the best environment they can. This not only directly aids their productivity but sends an important message to themselves and others that their writing is important. Underproductive ones, in contrast, are likely to be found working on crappy equipment in dank basements with the mold and spiders and last season’s wardrobe.
Everyone encounters obstacles to production. A’s surmount them with a minimum of effort and delay; B’s organize their life and work so that the obstacle doesn’t happen or isn’t perceived as such; C’s get derailed. Hillary Rettig’s book The Seven Secrets of the Prolific tells you how to evolve from a C to A to B.
The Seven Secrets of the Prolific are the key behaviors separating productive/prolific people from those who are underproductive: each addresses a major category of disempowering constraint.