Why aren’t we writing? Why aren’t we reading? Why aren’t we doing the projects we want to do?
The world is against us.
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely in Manage Your Day To Day says three things are happening.
1) The world around us tries to tempt us (with immediate attention-grabbers like social media and email)
2) We listen to the world around us.
3) We don’t deal very well with temptation.
“If you put all of those things together, you have a recipe for disaster,” Ariely says.
Is there any hope?
We have to show progress.
Ariely says that we need some sort of device to measure our progress. Sometimes that means writing with pen and paper to see how far we’ve gone. Other times it means saving a new copy of your corrections and additions so you can see how far you’ve gone.
It could mean physically moving paper from one stack to another just to see how far you’ve come.
Keep track of what you’re actually writing and producing, not just the fact that you’re writing and producing everyday.
You’ll trick your brain into remembering the truth: that you’re actually doing something.