This is the final post for Writer’s Self-Sabotage. I think prioritization is a factor that can help to mitigate the first four self sabotage risk elements:

  • Negativity
  • Excuses
  • Doubt
  • (Stop)Learning

These four issues are interrelated with one another. As one grows it causes another sabotaging issue to develop. It is a vicious cycle that can tear you down and have you spiraling through a myriad of emotions, which can lead to giving up.

Please do not give up. First look for some support. There are writing groups that can help with advice and encouragement. Find and research which ones sound like your cup of whatever and find out how to join up. They may be online or just a short drive away.

Getting organized and prioritizing can help. Create an action plan. I am notorious for saying “make a list”! I drive my kids crazy with this mantra and strong belief in lists. I am convinced that lists of “things to do”, “things to get”, or “things to say” can assist in the problem solving processs.

Here is a list to get you started:

  • Make a list of your top priorities for the day, week or month
  • Prioritize your list
    • Use a rating system to identify the most important to the less imminent – arrange and number them.
    • Define what actions need to be taken in order to accomplish each of your priorities. Write it down. These may be micro lists under each top level priority.
    • Estimate how much time you will need to dedicate to your top through your lesser priorities, giving your highest priority the most time.
  • Using a planner or calendar, set up appointments for yourself to work on each priority as you have time available.
  • Check off your completed tasks as you go.

Although writing is usually a writer’s number one priority, there may be times when we need to shift our focus temporarily. Things like marketing, developing bookcover ideas, learning, performing research, and even taking a rejuvenating walk, can need to become a temporary top priority or they just won’t happen.

As you complete tasks and prioties you will likely feel wonderful. Enjoy your accomplishments! Give yourself small rewards for getting things done and no longer feeling as frazzled or negative. It’s all about feeling positive through positive action.

Keep up the good vibes, writing friends!

Joan

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