1. That Thing We All Do

All right. You have an essay to write. And you have some information and ideas collected …

Now normally you would have around … what? … ten days? …  to turn it into an essay. But, as I said, you are like the rest of us.

The first thing you do is …


… shove the whole lot under a pile of socks or something, so you don’t have to see it.

Then you do that other thing, where we pretend that just because we can’t see something,  it has ceased to exist.

And look. Nothing unusual there. Getting started is really the hardest part of anything. So hiding it and pretending it isn’t there is …

completely understandable.                Reese's Smile by Donnie Ray Jones on Flickr

And do that.

Yep. I mean it.

Put it away and forget about it.

That’s actually OK.


(Ha ha. Hands up who saw that coming.)

There is just one thing you should do first.

It’s an easy thing. And it will make ALL THE DIFFERENCE. 

Soon I’m going to tell you what that is.

But I want to put that off for a moment, because, on the next page I’m going to talk about … putting things off!

Thanks to these people for the images

“I don’t think he’s got the hang of hide and seek” by Steve Wilson on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokerbrit/9137670399/ licenced under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence

“Reese’s Smile” by Donnie Ray Jones on Flickrhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/donnieray/17120931359/ licenced under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence