Cutting Through the Crap: Can I Really Eliminate What Gets In My Own Way?

Prompt: Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?


Procrastination is my key avoidance tactic for everything important and writing falls into that category.

Procrastination – or busyness – will protect me from all the monsters in my head: the chorus of self-doubters, the harsh critics, the if-it-isn’t-perfect-it-couldn’t-possibly-good-enoughs.

I’m so busy!

I have a full-time job,

a part-time job,

another quasi part-time job….

I haven’t got the time to write really good posts!

Social media is an amazing tool for distraction – I can look around the web “for ideas”, click refresh on Twitter to see what people are talking about, check in with my readers on Facebook and leave a blog comment.

Social media is part of blogging, right?

You have to be part of the conversation, right?

What it comes down to is this: I avoid getting quiet enough for my real writing, the juicy uncomfortable bits, to shine through.

Call it procrastination, but really it more like fear.

Or self-doubt.

Or perfectionism.

Will I be able to eliminate it?


Is there something that gets in the way of what is important to you?

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Author: Leo Babauta

7 thoughts on “Cutting Through the Crap: Can I Really Eliminate What Gets In My Own Way?

  1. Since it seems you are doing your reverb 10 posts before you even get to the fricking classroom, I think you’ve got the whole procrastination thing licked. Give yourself a high five!

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