This week my life coach wants me to take a hard look at the excuses that are holding me back. She divides excuses into three categories:
- Verbal: the excuses we actually say out loud when someone asks how the book or training is coming along.
- Distractions: all those things we use to procrastinate.
- Thoughts: the way our thoughts stand in our way.
I’m supposed to chose one category of excuse and attempt to eliminate it for the week. I immediately picked distractions, because the Internet is a HUGE one for me. I can plan to research one thing that takes me five minutes, and three hours later I look up and realize my evening–and my writing time–is gone.
Facebook is another one. Selling my stuff on Facebook auction sites definitely brings me closer to my goals, and getting rid of my possessions is a necessity. I have so much to sell before we move! But it doesn’t take that long to post an auction, answer any questions, and declare a winner. It certainly doesn’t require looking at what anyone else is selling. That kind of thing easily lures me into a trance.
I find these distractions have more power when the work ahead of me is difficult or unappealing, as my rewrites seem to be (or the two articles I need to write about steel. Yes, steel).
So far, I’m not having any luck. I’m determined to conquer this addiction to surfing the Net, but I have no idea where to start. Do any of you have this problem? And if so, how did you conquer it? Or are you still struggling?
Thanks for reading!