Procrastination Is Not ALL Bad

Copywriting and Procrastination

by Pete Godfrey · 6 comments

Procrastination Is Not ALL Bad

Being a professional writer, I can’t wait around hoping that inspiration will strike. I’ve got to sit down and start writing. This takes discipline and I’m not always successful. There are so many other things that beckon me, calling me away from my work. Most days I hold firm and don’t give in to my lazy-ass self. I give myself a little pep talk; remind myself of all the good things coming my way and how they’ll keep coming if I keep writing. As I said, most days it works.

But there are some days when I can’t start a job. I’m unfocused, without energy, and I dodge past the big bundle of stuff that represents the present job… and then move on to something less demanding and more enjoyable.

This can go on for days. I keep busy, but on the wrong jobs. I do the jobs that I want to do. Trouble is, doing this can become a habit; and habits take time to break.

When I notice this happening I start to question my motives. Why am I delaying? 90% of the time, it’s because I haven’t done my homework. All that prep work that goes into a job. When I become aware of the problem, I try to fix it. So in these cases, I get back to the big pile of stuff the client has sent me and I begin searching for clues.

Writing great copy depends on great preparation. And many times, you have to let your ideas simmer away in the background; your mind percolating the brew of information into a dynamite promotion.

So procrastination isn’t always bad. You do need time to prepare and digest. The trick is knowing the difference between being under-prepared and putting it off. It’s through experience that you get to know the difference. Self-awareness can be a wonderful thing.

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margaret August 24, 2009 at 7:29 am

I love this article. I agree 100%. A little bit of procrastination used in a useful way
can be very beneficial. This is way better than hearing just do it anyway, when your not prepared properly you can miss out on better results.
Margaret Saunders


Henriette Martel August 24, 2009 at 9:31 am

I like this one! Now I have a great credible excuse (the Aussie Wizard of Words said so) to sip a glass or two of red wine …relaxing my body while my mind is working overtime…”my mind is percolating the brew of information into a dynamite promotion”. Thanks Pete. Cheers!


Judd Leverton August 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Good point Pete. I like how you really covered how to ‘Get Prepared’ as a Copywriter before sitting down to write a single word at your Last Ever MasterClass, and then again at the Sales Letter Writing Workshop. Going through your 7-step process just smashes procrastination into oblivion.

Off to prepare now



dahuletam August 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

Thank you very much for that big article


Susan Connors April 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

Thank you Pete – its good to know I am not the only one who does this.

All the best



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