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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Evil "P" Word


So you know you have something to do. You don't do it right away. You procrastinate. Why do that? Why put off doing things only to end up scrambling to get them finished, especially if you have a deadline? I don't have the answer, but I do know that I am a huge procrastinator. HUGE I tell ya!

For me, I always procrastinate when I don't want to do something. Laundry piling up? Procrastinate! House need cleaning? Procrastinate! Child's school project due tomorrow? Procrastinate! (And that last one happened to me this week)

I also procrastinate when it comes to writing. Weird because I LOVE writing! I've tried to figure out why I procrastinate so much, and I think it comes down to getting stuck. I know when I'm on a roll, it's easy to open the word document and start typing. Instant love, y'all. But when I'm not sure what comes next, or if I know something isn't working, I'll goof off on the Internet for a looooong time. Check email. Check facebook. Check Twitter. Check blogs. Repeat. It's a deadly cycle!

So do you know any ways to beat procrastination? What are some tricks you use?

18 comments:

  1. I am a HUGE procrastinator too! And I agree that I put off my writing when I have no idea what to write next. The only way I ever get anything done is by setting a time limit on the evil distracting things like twitter, youtube, and google. I'll play for say, 30 minutes, and when that time is up, I HAVE to go write/do laundry/feed the husband. But of course, I always give myself the "five more minutes PLEASE???" routine when my 30 minutes are up. LOL.

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  2. I definitely procrastinate when I'm stuck.

    I think I just have to force myself to do it, because invariably if I push long enough I get unstuck.

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  3. Stefanie - LOL! I do the five more minutes thing, too. Usually it stretches to ten more minutes;)

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  4. Patti - You're right about having to push yourself to get unstuck. It's hard to do that with so many distractions, though!

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  6. I'm quite the biggest procrastinator I know. If it's something I can procrastinate on, I will. It's terrible. Often times, I have to force myself to begin -- after that, it gets easier to keep going. :)

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  7. Emy - Oh, you sound like me:) We need a group like Procrastinators Anonymous, lol!

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  8. Sometimes I think that the world will implode because of procrastination. As I seen it, there's no cure. It's a sickness, I tell you. Sorry, I have no meds or advice to get rid of it. I'm a sufferer and seen no end. If you find something, please let me know.

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  9. Jani - I will, but I doubt I'll find something. I've been suffering from procrastination for YEARS!:D

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  10. Bwahahahaha!! Tricks? Me? Nah.
    Procrastination chases me and sometimes I have nothing to do,lol!!

    And yeah, it's weird. I also procrastinate when it comes to writing. :D

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your good vibes about my ms! <3

    See you around!!

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  11. I'm a professional procrastinator. There seems to be no cure!

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  12. I have a similar vicious cycle! I'm a big procrastinator even though I know it always ends in me being stressed and rushed. But at least it eventually gets done!

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  13. Monica - Lol, I think it chases me, too!

    Lydia - I believe you're right. :D

    Caitlin - Oh yes, the stress is always there when I procrastinate. I wonder why we keep doing that if we know stress will be involved?

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  14. I am a HUGE procrastinator too! Le sigh.. and I'm with Lydia.. I don't think there IS a cure!

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  15. WritingNut - I bet if someone does invent a cure they will be RICH!

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  16. I'm too scared to procrastinate on most things (You know, one of those annoying people who always had her homework done BEFORE the weekend in college, because I was scared SOMETHING MIGHT COME UP!)
    Still, it's hard with writing when there's no specific deadline. What helps now, oddly enough, is having three children four and under. When I have a free moment, I know it may be my ONLY free moment, so I grab it!

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  17. You just described my day :) I am the biggest procrastinator and I think it is because I work really well under pressure. If I feel I have all the time in the world, I will take all the time in the world to do something.

    I actually was in the middle of writing when I stopped to check my email, Facebook, Twitter and Blogger and came across your blog. I think it's a sign. lol.

    The best thing to do is disconnect from the internet. It's the only way I can avoid distractions. I have read that a lot of writers have a separate computer for writing that doesn't have access to the internet. I think that is the smartest way to beat procrastination. Take away all the things that help you procrastinate.

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