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The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering: Part Four – Avoidance, Worry, Lying, Self-Criticism

• Avoidance; Worry As you travel around the Wheel of Suffering, your level of concern escalates, as does your motivation to avoid. Worry is a good thing on one hand because it elevates your awareness of what you need to do, but … Continue reading

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The Procrastination Wheel of Suffering: Part Three – Internal Pep Talks and Daydreaming

• Missed Goals: Pep Talks Now that the pattern of postponing has been established and your inner turmoil is activated, you attempt to establish goals for productivity to bring yourself to the task. As in the first stage of the Wheel … Continue reading

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Spinning on the Procrastination Wheel: Part 2 – Fear of Failure, Anxiety, Resentment

Fear of Failure; Anxiety As time passes you feel the need to get going and at this point you might experience tendrils of fear working their way into your consciousness. It begins to dawn that the task facing you may be more difficult … Continue reading

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Full-Prefrontal Writing Avoidance

Wikipedia describes the functions of the prefontal cortex thusly: The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, … Continue reading

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The tyranny of perfection and the blocked writer

If I need this blog post to be perfect, I’ll never get it done. I prefer the “It can’t be awful” standard over “It must be perfect.” This feels more humane to me and allows for greater freedom and creativity, … Continue reading

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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” True for writers?

As a demonically possessed, binge-writing, axe-wielding Jack Nicholson wrote repeatedly in The Shining, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  The last thing a writer wants to be is dull. Does a writer become dull if he or she … Continue reading

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Are you wasting time trying to figure out how to not waste time?

It is reasonable to expect that in order to correct any problem you would have to spend time to diagnose the issue, find resources for helping,  learn how to make the necessary changes, and implement the changes. For a blocked … Continue reading

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