Do you struggle with decideaphobia?

Do you know what to work on when you get to your desk?

Many writers don’t really plan what they will do ahead of time. This can cause a lot of lost time and lack of productivity. If you don’t know what to tackle before you sit down to write, you will fumble, start something, stop that, start something else for a few minutes, stop, and then continue on until you are tired and frustrated. This lack of organization can really cause a lot of unproductive energy and lack of self-confidence. Not only that, you can’t be successful unless you have a plan to complete certain writing projects and the time line that is needed to complete them.

So, you need to take steps to avoid decideaphobia by making a decision about what you’ll work on BEFORE you sit down to write. Here are a few tips to do that:

1. Determine your three main writing goals for the next few months–I usually decide on my writing goals three times a year.
2. Write down these goals on a piece of paper or in your planner.
3. Create monthly goals to complete each of your writing goals.
4. Create a weekly sheet for each of your writing goals.
5. Create a daily sheet for each of your writing goals.

This will allow you to know what to work on before you sit down to write. Just look at your goal sheet and get started. This process will take the guess-work right out of your writing life. And decideaphobia will no longer plague you!

Try it!

Irene S. Roth

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