The 15 Minute Exercise That Will Help You Overcome Procrastination and Writer’s Block

Let me know if this sounds familiar: you wake up bright and early in the morning, full of energy and ready to take on your day. You finish your morning routine and are ready to take on the world. You finally open up your word processor and….. suddenly your enthusiasm starts disappearing like snow in the sun.

What’s the problem?

As a writer, I know that there are few things scarier than a blank page in a new document. It’s can be a dauting task to figure out how to start. How should I start the article? What will really draw my readers in? I don’t know anything about this subject…where do I even begin?

Does your story always sound fun in your head before you start writing it down and read it back? I get it. I’ve been there. Relax and take a deep breath. There’s a little trick I use every morning to help fire up those content spewing neurons. I call it 15 Minutes To Ignition.

15 Minutes To Ignition

Your brain is like a super-powerful computer. However, like all machines, it can take a little bit of time to “turn on” and start cranking out ideas. A while back, I read a powerful, motivating piece on productivity (I forget exactly where) which basically stated that if you can do a seemingly difficult task for at least 15 minutes, your mind will begin making the necessary connections to overcome it.

  1. Take a pen and paper (or open up Notepad).
  2. Write down everything you know about your niche. It doesn’t even have to be in complete sentences. Let’s say you’re talking about dog food. I would start by writing random stuff like pitbulls, aggressive dogs, fat burning foods, lazy dogs, cute puppies, etc… for 15 minutes straight. Don’t think about any sort of connections between the statements; just write. Spelling mistakes, etc… don’t matter at all.
  3. Keep an eye on the timer and after exactly 15 minutes, stop and look through your list. Some ideas may immediately jump at you. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll know exactly how you’d like to attack your writing piece long before the time is over. Keep going anyway.

That’s it, you’re ready to go! Simple huh? Just like starting a car, it sometimes takes a little bit of effort to kickstart the engine.

I’ve used this exact method when writing articles for this site as well as a host of other clients. Additionally, before I start my day, I like to listen to a little bit of subliminal motivation like this:

Let me know if that helps :-).

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