I had every plan to post Thursday or early today (Friday), but the week just got away from me.
No, really. I always hope to post at least twice during the week and once on the weekend (I mean, three times a week isn’t even an *ambitious* posting schedule, and yet . . .), so I suppose if I get this in tonight, that might count as the second one of the week. I realize that this doesn’t even matter in a lot of ways, but it matters to me.
It’s always an interesting experience being accountable to myself. I find lately that I’ve turned into quite a procrastinator. In some ways, I’m not sure how this happened, as I remember times in my life when I was so organized. I remember one semester in college where I had so much work that I literally took a break from one assignment by working on another. I was utterly terrified I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my work, but my freak out paid off and I had my highest GPA of my college career. I did not get to that point by procrastinating.
Of course, the fact that my example is almost 20 years old does suggest that there’s been some room for my procrastination habit to creep in. Perhaps it started when I got my very own apartment, and my very own television, with cable. No one to account to there but myself, so I got sucked into a lot of Real Housewives marathons, (and I was the only one who saw that my floors needed washing, so they could totally wait).
My procrastinatey bent is countered with a wide self-improvement streak. I subscribe to all the “Be the Best You You Can Be (But You’re Great As You Are)” magazines. I have several “Achieving Stuff for Dummies” type books. Therein lies the problem. I’m addicted to reading about, or even worse, planning to read about how to take charge of my life, but somewhere in my head I’ve decided that reading about the issue substitutes for actually following through and working on the issue.
Now, that isn’t to say I haven’t achieved anything in my life or have no discipline. That’s the thing, when I want to I have oodles of discipline. Oodles. I exercise six days a week. I managed to go back to school and change careers. So while I do acknowledge I need to figure out how to stop procrastinating and move things forward, I also know that my blog is an outlet for me that is meant to be fun and not be a task. But, I know I feel more connected to it when I post with some sort of regularity.
So, maybe in this case, the solution is prewriting when I have more time (I know people do this all the time…I don’t know why I don’t do it more since it’s not like I’m blogging in real time). And, I’ll admit, I’ve started typing ideas into my iPhone (still love it) list because I have thought of absolutely brilliant posts that come in a flash and go out of my head just as quickly! We’ll see if it helps.
And as for the rest of my procrastinatey ways, I’m open to suggestions!
[sc cat photos in this post were taken by mr. strivingcynic]
Are you a procrastinator, and if so, how do you get yourself moving? What is your approach to writing posts for your blog? Is there something you read about as a substitute for actually doing?