Author: Becky Bruso
I am in a severe time crunch. Having promised myself I would write one article each day; I have already fallen off the routine. I have a lot of excuses and am trying hard not to fall into the practice of letting these excuses carry me off track. So, I thought it would be a good idea to list out some of the excuses I have for not getting a post out in the past couple of days and identify a way to counteract each excuse. So, here goes with my personal list of excuses!
- I don’t have time to write a post each day.
- I had urgent issues I needed to tend to which took priority over my posts.
- I don’t know what to write about.
- Writing takes time to compose something worthwhile.
- Interruptions are keeping me from accomplishing my writing.
Excuse #1: “I don’t have time to write a post each day.” Yeah, so, is this the real problem? Have I appropriately organized my time throughout the week? It might be the case there are some days when I really don’t have time. The way to counter this is to write more on the days when I have time.
Excuse #2: “I had urgent issues I needed to tend to which took priority over my posts.” This is a fact of life; there will always be unexpected events which happen. The counter to this is the same; write more posts on the days when I do have time. Extra writing on days where I have more time will provide a buffer on those days were events take over.
Excuse #3: “I don’t know what to write about.” At the very moment when I sit down to write, an idea may not be at hand. This has a really easy fix; carry a notepad and jot down all the random thoughts about writing which pop into my head throughout the day. Then, pull this notebook out when I sit down to write. Shortage of ideas will no longer be a problem with this.
Excuse #4: “Writing takes time to compose something worthwhile.” Well, this is very true. My counter to this is Rome wasn’t built in a day and all good things take time to do and build. It is a part of the process and accepting this and jumping in to do it is the best counter for this excuse.
Excuse #5: “Interruptions are keeping me from accomplishing my writing.” I like to be out in the living area and part of the action in my house while I write. Hello, either I must accept that my chosen spot is hindering me or go physically somewhere else to do my writing! The jury is out on this decision; but I know how to counter it. The question is whether I will change my habits or not.
When it comes to time crunches and accomplishing plans, all of the same excuses apply. How we counter these is what can move you forward or hold you back. Today, while writing this, I have had a great conversation with my daughter and am very happy I was positioned out in the room with her.