“Can I play video games now? Please? Please?”
The little voice inside my head begs for release from writing a 1,000+ word article. I ignore its pleas and continue scribbling down my rough draft.
What I was writing wasn’t the most exciting topic, but I knew life would be more awesome if I got it done.
Video Games Weren’t My Only Temptations
Temptations surround me every day: my phone, Instagram, Tumblr, Archives of Our Own, and endless occult memes.
What do I do to avoid them? I think of my long-term goals. It could be writing and scheduling next month’s Medium posts or reaching a particular financial goal through my writings.
What about you?
If you can get ahead on your publishing schedule, you can put in a little free time going out somewhere or maybe catching up with a season of your favorite TV show (all recorded and ready for you).
Pitch to nine potential clients in a week, more than likely one of them will get back to you.
If you can get the 12,000-word eBook done early in a month, you can go to Disney World! Well, maybe not, but you know where I’m going with this.
As my hand hovers the PlayStation controller, I always ask myself two questions:
- Did I accomplish my daily goals?
- What are my long-term goals?
If I haven’t accomplished any of these two, I return to the writing desk.
How do you stay focused on writing?