Bypass procrastination with nine new words a week

This blog post is a rewrite of one of the lessons from module five of the Fill your notebook course. The course, has been designed to bypass procrastination by having fun while writing. While reading this blog post, enjoy playing around with single words because when it all comes to all, words are the building blocks of writing.

Being that procrastination often stems from a feeling of overwhelm, choosing between so many words can make it feel daunting to start. That is why I suggest creating a word grid.

Create a Word-grid

Firstly create nine boxes similar to the picture below. You can also download the free instant printable here.

Secondly, write down a word in each box. Either with words that pops to mind or by writing a category or title at the top of the paper to help spur on related words.

For instance categories could be animals, plants, or kitchen appliances. Headlines could be things I love, things I hate, or things I see on my way to work. Or look to the bottom of this post for further inspiration.

Then when you have nine words, start brainstorming each word, and when something feels exciting, circle it, go to a new journal page and start to write.

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Finally brainstorm each word in the squares and see where it leads you.

Bypass procrastination one week at a time

What’s more here is an inspiration list for an entire year of word-grids. Write down the category or title suggested below and then fill the word-grid as shown above. Thus you will have nine new words each week to play around with.

  1. Kitchen appliances
  2. Vehicles
  3. Animals
  4. Flowers
  5. The ocean
  6. Book titles
  7. Song lyrics
  8. Mail
  9. In the air
  10. Above
  11. Underground
  12. Beautiful
  13. Ugly
  14. Dreaming
  15. Night
  16. Day
  17. Mistakes

  1. The body
  2. Painting
  3. In a cafe
  4. In a bookshop
  5. Back to school
  6. Vacation
  7. Holidays
  8. Sport event
  9. Movement
  10. I love
  11. I hate
  12. She loves
  13. She hates
  14. He hates
  15. He loves
  16. Headlines
  17. Nature
  1. First letter A
  2. First letter L
  3. Yellow
  4. Taste
  5. Smell
  6. Hear
  7. See
  8. Touch
  9. Intuition
  10. Magic
  11. Astronomy
  12. Broadway
  13. Childhood
  14. Home
  15. Farmlife
  16. City life
  17. Spain
  18. What feels like freedom
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