Day 16 of the Blogging from A to Z April challenge. Today’s topic: procrastination.
Building on yesterday’s “O is for Overload” post, I fully admit that a big chunk of my overload is due to the fact that I procrastinate. A lot. I have these big goals to get everything done (“Not only will I get all my data turned in, I’ll push it into a spreadsheet and make pretty charts,” “I’ll have that novel done in three weeks,” “It’s Thanksgiving – I can get three blankets crocheted in time for Christmas”), but something else always comes up. A book to read. A different short story to write. Talking to another teacher for an hour instead of just a few minutes. It’s always something.
So I’ve come up with ways to mitigate my procrastination. For starters, I’m a night owl, so I’m fine staying up most of the night to get something finished. I also know my limitations, and I’ve stopped setting so many big hairy audacious goals. If I don’t finish something, I don’t really stress much – because I’m a quick thinker who can usually come up with an equally workable plan B.
Are you a procrastinator? How do you deal with it?
I am. So with my writing goals, I make each mile stone public. I now even have a countdown timer on my blog. It’s amazing how well that works.
I must admit I don’t procrastinate. Maybe I don’t set goals high enough. I simply work towards what I want in a slow and steady manner. Tortoise–that’s me.
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