Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Joseph Eastwood's Pep-talk on Self Discipline

Today I would like to welcome guest blogger Joseph Eastwood, as part of our Tasha Turner Coaching Virtual Blog Tour. Welcome Joe!

Who Doesn't Have Self-Discipline Problems? 

Every day we are all constantly followed around by distractions. We have the internet. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Blogger---just there at a click of a button. You can waste hours just chatting with people or promoting yourself, but wait...what are you promoting again? Yourself! As a writer? I suppose that makes sense, but you're wasting an awful lot of time doing pointless things, especially if you're not doing much writing.

So lately, I've been feeling like my life is all jumbled up, I have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a blog which I love to death and now a Tumblr...why I got one of those, I do not know because its only use is re-blogging pictures of guys with their stomachs out making their cute faces.

I have recently thought a lot about what I wanted to put in this post because I am in no way the poster boy for self-discipline; I have urges, just like every other human.

However, I do have some tips on disciplining yourself.

Top tip! Make time to write, edit etc. and unplug the internet and get someone to hide the router! 

I don't like schedules or anything like that...but what I can deal with is no internet. I do so much better when I know no matter how much I try I just can't get to the internet from clicking the Google Chrome button. I also have a lot of bookmarks just beneath the URL bar, so even if I forget what I came to the internet for, it will always end in me clicking on Facebook or something.

Tip! Having people support you or a support group via Facebook where you can post the word count!

We are always vying for the attention and approval of others. I love it when people agree with what I write; there is no greater feeling (except standing on a mountain top with the one you love, probably is). So join a support group where you can post the word count and it's a self-evaluation and also the evaluation of your peers so you don't want to be the one with the 2,000 word increase from last week.

Tip! Get yourself excited over what you're writing before you write!

I say this because it usually helps me. I find that reading the synopsis motivates me to do edits or if it's something that I'm writing, I usually force myself to look at the notes of what the story means to me. That's another thing, make a list of the things in the notes about what you're currently writing actually means to you. Is it emancipating? Do you have a message that you want to get across? And that should keep the spark of motivation you need.

Tip! Stimulate your sight! Get a picture that inspires you to write!

This is one of my favourite ways to discipline myself because I love just being able to see a picture and have it immediately shout at me! Like the one below [DS: Sorry Joe, it would not copy.] -- "Okay, sir! Let me just post this and I'll be on my way." So get something and have it as a background or maybe even printed and you have it pinned to your wall or something.

So don't make me tell you again! If you have things to do today, then my suggestion is you get your boot off the internet and do them!

I hope that you follow some of these tips, and I hope that they work as well for you as they do for me.

Do you have any tips that you'd like to share?

Joseph Eastwood is the eldest of five siblings. He lives and grew up in Lancaster, England, where he also attends the University of Cumbria, studying English Literature and Creative Writing.

He has always had a giant creative connection in his life, from drawing and writing to having an eclectic taste in music and reading a wide range of books, which he hopes reflects in his own writing. He also loves watching sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy based TV shows and films. Among some of his favourites are Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood. As well as, those he loves dramas, like The Good Wife and Desperate Housewives.

Joseph is either busy doing edits and writing or trying to get some university work done. He lives for creativity, striving to be different and thinking up new hoops for his characters to jump through.


Many thanks, Joe, for visiting with us today and sharing your insights on a topic which we all have to deal with some days.


  1. Thank you for having me on your blog! :D

  2. You are talking to me. I know you are. How did you know I had this problem? I am so easily distracted and I love being entertained by those distractions. I will start following your advice tomorrow.

    Oh, procrastination is another biggie for me.

    Seriously though, my internet activities have become a hindrance, a joy, and a potential gateway for greater income. I'm very conflicted. The answer is partly prioritization--I need to do what I need to do most, but first I've got to figure it out.

    I need to take your words to heart.

    Doug, thanks for hosting Joseph with this wonderful post. I'm now a follower of this blog.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi Arlee Bird
      Glad you enjoyed Joe's article, and welcome to my blog.
      Doug Simpson

    2. Hi, Arlee! I'm glad that you enjoyed my post and thank you so much for following my blog! I hope I helped :)


  3. GREAT tips! Something that has inspired me recently is the story of a 93-year-old author who is still writing. When I see what she has accomplished, it makes all my excuses seem lame. Here's a link to an article about the amazing Ludima Gus Barton:

    1. Thanks, Sandy! I know what you mean, people are always saying how well I've done for someone who is only 19, and hopefully I'll be that 93-year old writer as well :D

    2. Thank you for dropping by, Sandy!

  4. Good tips. My passion is fiction writing. I like to blog. I like to read other people's blogs. I enjoy Facebook, Twitter not so much, Pinterest (Huh?). I work full time. I have wonderful husband and a great social life. I like (yes I did say exercise). How does one fit it all in?
    Like you say, dicipline: I check Facebook once a day; Tweet once a week; Write one blog post a week; Read five blog posts a day. That's it. If I do anymore online activities, it does interfere with my physical life, and will then become a chore.

    1. You are a great example for us, Peggy! Thank you for visiting.

    2. It's a tough uphill struggle; writing blog posts each day, keeping Facebook updated with writing progress and also Twitter. However, rationing yourself on social media would be amazing, I just don't think I could do that :p

  5. I feel the same way. Some days I'd literally feel like I'm working on a SECOND JOB, as if the first one isn't stressful enough. I agree with Joseph, you as an individual have to make choice to prioritize your life. and sad to say, once you make the decision to stick with a particular schedule you will have to guard it like a junk yard dog. I say this because I recently had an incident where someone tried to push/shove/bully their way into my life. I may have lost a friend, but I've maintained my sanity. :+D

  6. I like your strong determination, Kyymm! Thank you for joining my blog!

  7. Good blog!Great posting and tips! Conflicted is the word I heard. Priorities especially when you're procrastinating already...FB is always there. Some people seem to live on it.I haven't been seen much in any group lately, because my priority is finishing my book: I once had a Farm in Ireland. Maybe I shouldn't have started a new FB page: Singles & Dating advice or my blog But then I have these ideas....adn I have to act on them. Well,I am a Sagittarius,you know!Dilly-dallying again here....Cheers, Siggy