It’s a dull, rainy, cold, miserable day in Toronto and I am spinning my wheels.

I’ve got several articles to write, having done the interviews and research required to get going. But I just can’t get started. I’ve read some of the blogs I follow for inspiration, but that’s not working. I have already procrastinated by going through e-mails and my in-box is empty. So it’s me and my equally empty little head.

I know the problem, and it’s the fact that I’m not bumping up against an urgent deadline. Last week I had many of them, making each day a nose-to-the-grindstone kind of experience. This week started similarly, but has calmed down. That should be a good thing. It is a good thing.

So once I post this, I’ll open one of the waiting documents and get to work. My trick is to start with “Clever heading here” as a placemarker for later when inspiration hits. Then I’ll start organizing my notes and looking for the “what’s in it for me” aspect of interest to employees who will ultimately read the article I eventually pull together. The simple act of putting a few words together always gets something going.

But thank goodness it’s Friday!

How do you kick-start yourself when you hit a similar slump?