I am a big procrastinator and will regularly keep putting things off, especially things that I am anxious about.
I was due to present at a conference and would do anything to avoid preparing. All sorts of tasks seemed to be more pressing and the deadline was looming. It may have been my brain’s way of trying to protect me but it wasn’t helping.
Talking to friends about this, they suggested I try the Writer’s Hour, which is a free, daily writing sprint organised by the London Writers' Salon.
I joined the session on Zoom along with over 300 people. After being invited to comment on what we were aiming for in the session, we wrote or created together in quiet for the next 50 minutes.
It was a warm, welcoming space and, being among others helped me to ignore the usual distractions and find that flow and focus I was looking for to make progress with my presentation.
I’ve attended further sessions and been building this into my regular routine, which is helping in facing my procrastination as well as my anxiety.