4 Tips for Pressure-Prompted Writers
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been pressure prompted. (Some may prefer “procrastinate,” but I like pressure prompted better.)
In school, it took until the 11th hour to final write a paper or study for a test. Then in my 20’s, I learned that that was less procrastination and more a pressure prompted tendency when I took the Myers-Briggs test. In other words: I’m highly motivated to complete a task when I have very little time to do it.
I find a lot of writers – and creatives – operate this way. When you have all the time in the world, it’s not easy to complete something.
So what’s a pressure-prompted writer to do? Here are four tips for combatting your time prompted tendencies.
1. The unplugged laptop trick
Unplug your laptop and finish what you’re writing before the computer dies.
This trick is priceless for pressure-prompted writers, because you’re literally working against the clock.
2. Timed writing
If being focused in your writing is what gives you the most grief, try removing all distractions. That means no phone, no extra browser windows, and, hell, no Internet if you don’t need it!
Then, give yourself a certain amount of time – 30 minutes, an hour, whatever – and only work on a specific project for that time. You’ll be shocked what you can accomplish when that’s the only thing claiming your attention. This is also a great trick for every day use – by blocking out your time for specific tasks.
3. Decrease the deadline
Want to get something done today without stressing near the deadline?
Pretend your actual deadline is sooner than it is – a day, a week, a month, whatever makes sense for you. Then work around that deadline. You’ll feel so good being done early!
4. Touch it once
Don’t keep adding a writing project to your to-do list day after day or staring at an email about it regularly (unless you’re trying tip #3). Instead, try only touching a project (or a small piece of the project) once.
For this trick, you’re going to focus solely on the writing at hand until it’s done. You’re also going to notice you won’t waste an exorbitant amount of time thinking about something if you just focus on touching it once and getting it done. Hooray!
What are your tips as a pressure-prompted writer? Tell us in the comments below!