How to power through blank-page anxiety and get your ideas out in the world

Suzanne Yada
Nov 8, 2019 · 3 min read
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In my past life working with the media and with my current business, I know there is a good amount of creativity that anyone, employee or business owner, needs to be productive in their work.

But one thing that still gets me stuck or paralyzed is a blank page. Yes, I have blank page anxiety — like, majorly. I sit down and take a look at a brand new Word or Google Doc and feel like I’m drowning in a sea of white before I even get started.

I knew I had this issue and needed some help. I tried a whole slew of things and, to my amazement, actually found some things that worked for me. So if you are in a similar position, here’s how to get unstuck and Do The Thing you’re called to do.

1. Try a different medium

But what I learned is that I don’t have as much anxiety around Facebook Live as I do with writing — which is strange, considering how many people fear public speaking. I just don’t have that same hangup with a livestream as I do with a big fat blank page.

So to keep my videos concise, I purposefully make sure my livestreams are under 10 minutes, which forces me to pick one idea at a time to talk about (because otherwise, I would be rambling for hours).

Then, I have an assistant write up what I talked about into a blog draft, and from there I can go in and edit the post. I know myself well enough to know I’m much faster at editing than writing.

I know other coaches who dictate their ideas into their phone and have an assistant take it from there, or they use the text-to-speech feature on their phones. They can also run the audio through a transcribing site, like rev.com or otter.ai.

2. Take it one idea at a time

I digitize this process a bit by using either Trello, Powerpoint or Google Slides. It forces you to organize your thoughts in a small space, and encourages you to look at one idea at a time. From there you can drag and reorder your ideas into a sequence that makes sense.

Some people use Post-its on a wall, others use the classic outline format in a Word doc. Whatever helps you break down each idea individually, go for it.

3. Done is better than perfect

Let that be your fallback to give you permission to just Do The Thing and broadcast your ideas.

Your ideas are waiting to be shared. No one else can share them for you.

Do The Thing!

Suzanne Yada is the founder of the Do The Thing Club, a productivity and accountability membership. Watch the original Facebook Live video here.

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Suzanne Yada

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Facebook/Instagram ads specialist at yadaCreative.com. Songwriter at littlespiral.com. Thingdoer at DoTheThing.club.

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Facebook/Instagram ads specialist at yadaCreative.com. Songwriter at littlespiral.com. Thingdoer at DoTheThing.club.

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