Your biggest enemy and setback to you are a ghostwriter is procrastination. It is one thing that can lead to you losing clients, working under deadline pressures, and failing to complete your work at times. It is a hard pill to swallow when you lose your clients because of something you could have avoided. You are also know how hard it is to get clients, and when you start losing them, you ruin your reputation, which will negatively impact your ghost-writing in all other aspects. It is challenging to overcome procrastination, but here are some tips that can make it easier.
Change your perspective of procrastination
Many of us know procrastination as pushing things we could do now to a later date of time. However, we need to take it for what it is. Procrastination is a time-waster, and you need to battle it. When you push tasks forward, you let go of valuable time to make great strides in your work. You also lengthen the time you stress and fret over all the tasks that you have pending rather than dealing with them immediately. Ghost-writing needs a high level of commitment to have the discipline to work within the appropriate time.
Segment your work to manageable tasks
Sometimes you have too much work, you do not know where to start, or the enormous work may be discouraging you from making progress. The best way to deal with this is to break down the huge task into small achievable chunks that you can easily complete. It is easier for you to tackle some part of the project and shift to other tasks to eliminate boredom. You can choose to keep your mind active by switching between projects and increase productivity. For instance, when writing, you need topic development and research. The outline will help you structure your writing. You can work on any independent segment.
Have a plan
Planning ensures that you work smoothly without wasting time. Your plan/schedule should outline all you desire to accomplish and how you will do it. It helps you allocate an activity within your available time and keep you from procrastination. To avoid having a tiring or boring schedule, include time for breaks and fun activities. It will help keep you active and more productive.
Preview your task before you work on them
You must brainstorm on your assignments and find those that are challenging. It helps you create a roadmap of how you are going to solve them. Focus on the difficult jobs first when you are still fresh and active to get tired within the day; you will be dealing will simple stuff.
Avoid estimating how large or how long some work might take. In most cases, not appealing projects will seem large and complicated, while it is not in the real sense. The best way to best this is to do the task and deal with the complications as you proceed. It is also ok, to set it aside if you do not have the energy to deal with it. Work on other tasks are you plan an appropriate time to deal with it.
Talk to someone
Sometimes getting an outside opinion helps you understand more and open up to new ideas. Other times you need that voice of assurance that you are doing a good job. Find a person that you can talk to and let them weigh in on your efforts and frustrations. It is an effective method of dealing with stressful moments.