Blogger: Rachel Kent
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Barbara mentioned this tool to fight procrastination in her comment on yesterday’s blog. (Thanks, Barbara and Randy Ingermanson, too. $5 per missed goal tip is a great idea!)
How many of you know another procrastinator? I’m sure we all do. I’ve heard that 1 out of 5 people suffers chronically from procrastination. Teaming up with a fellow writer who also struggles with procrastination to hold each other accountable can help. I’ve never done this before with day-to-day work, but I’ve used accountability partners to help motivate me to get back to the gym. Having someone else relying on me to uphold my end of a deal really does work for me.
When working with an accountability partner, you should check in with each other daily if possible so there’s no way to put off what needs to be done until the next day. If you don’t write each day, find a schedule that works for both partners. Maybe you check in on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and set the goal of obtaining a certain word count by Saturday of each week. Each person can have a different goal as well. Just because your partner is writing 4,000 words a day doesn’t mean you have to. Establish realistic goals for your situation.
Do you have an accountability partner for your writing? Sometimes this is in the form of a critique group. If you don’t mind sharing, what is your writing goal for each day or week?