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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Procrastination

I am a procrastinator.  In fact I think I could do it at olympic level - I could just see that, who can spend the most time finding other things to do to put off what they're actually supposed to be doing.  I am terrible for not writing.  I spend a lot of time thinking about writing and even more time reading about writing.  Yet I still do very little writing.  To the point that most days I don't actually do any writing.  I'm beginning to wonder if I can still call myself a writer (I actually did wonder this but came to the conclusion I am a writer as though I can go years without doing much writing I will always return to it).

One of my latest things is to tidy.  I hate tidying (ok, I don't hate it so much but when you're working with my bedroom it becomes a little overwhelming).  They say that writers often have spotless homes simply because all the household chores become vitally important just as you're about to start writing.  I know this feeling.  It's not why I'm tidying, but it probably has something to do with it.  The thing is I thought I'd procrasitinate writing by tidying and then procrastinate tidying by writing.  It hasn't quite turned out like that.

Despite my flawless plan I've found that I'm more likely to tidy that to write.  However, I'm even more likely to focus on reading and cross-stitch and reading blogs than tidying.  So my room is very very slowly being tidied.  Every now and again some writing gets done.  And I'm spending far too much time procrastinating, a.k.a doing nothing.

Anyone have any tips how to get out of this rut?  What do you do when you find you're doing something to put off doing something else?

And to finish off this post - why not procrastinate by watching this video:

2 comments:

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I'm really bad too about putting things off. Sometimes to motivate myself to get things done I put it on a to-do list. I hate seeing it set there so eventually I want to get it done so I can mark it off.

Elana Johnson said...

Uh, this is how I live my life. Finally, I just admit to myself that I'm avoiding and force myself to open the stupid outline already. Good luck!