Just Write

“I need to include at least one picture with every blog post, for SEO, Google+, and Pinterest.” If you don’t write anything, there’s nothing for a search engine to fine and nothing to be shared on Google+ or pinned.

“I need to finish that major project on the blog before I write any new posts.” The project isn’t as massive as you’re making it out to be in your head and you did the most urgent portion of it in 10 minutes just now.

“I’m too busy training for the Tour de Cure, working, and doing homework for my class – I don’t have time to write a post.” Stop making up rules about what a blog post “should” be – you can write a sentence and be done, if that’s all you have time for.

“What would I write about?” Are you joking? How about any one of the hundreds of posts you compose in your head while you’re walking but never take the time to write down when you get home???

“It’s been so long since I’ve written anything, how will I explain my absence?” How about not bothering with all of that and just writing something? (And also, do you really think anyone’s noticed that you haven’t written since end of March? My, my, what an inflated sense of your own importance you have.)

  • Regarding the second point in your entry: I call this taming the HFM = Hairy Fanged Monster. That’s a task long put-off whose imagined distastefulness or difficulty grows every time you think of it. And of course, once you finally tackle it, it’s usually much less of a monster than you’ve let it grow to be.
    Here’s another way to get yourself off “top dead center” (in case you’re not familiar with this term – it’s a reference to setting the timing back when cars had points & plugs): cultivate a sense of irritation when you think of something undone and an eagerness to rid yourself of that feeling such that you look forward to having it DONE more than the pain-in-the-assness of actually doing it. Works for me.

    • http://lottalatte.com

      Hi Susan,

      What a great idea – I’m easily irritated by undone tasks around the house and generally fly around tending to them as soon as I get home, so why not do the same with this? Reframing how we think about things can be such a powerful tool!

      Thanks for the suggestion and your visit.


  • http://www.weightchronicles.com

    Yes, just write! But for what it’s worth, we did notice and missed your voice. 🙂

    • http://lottalatte.com

      Thanks, Kay Lynn – hope I can keep it up without letting myself get bogged down in all of the “should” stuff!