Procrastination: the art or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention…
That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’m actually procrastinating this very moment by writing this post instead of working out new sections of the sequel to Embrace the Storm.
Do I realize I have given myself a deadline to finish?
Have I learned books cannot write themselves?
Am I concerned I will never finish if I don’t quite procrastinating?
So why do we procrastinate?
I imagine the answer is different for everyone. Personally, for me, it depends on the day. Today, for instance, I am exhausted from being a homeschooling mom who teaches three kids during the day and drives them back and forth to dance classes six days a week while trying to figure out how to continue creating make believe worlds I hope will translate into best selling novels some day so I can put said kids through college!
Other days, it can be as simple as wanting to play a video game instead of working. Or maybe I’m stuck trying to sort out a character’s inner angst and the words just aren’t flowing the way I want them to.
And therefore, PROCRASTINATION!
I’ll admit, sometimes I get frustrated with myself for putting things off when I feel I should be working. I have found, however, that giving my brain a break (even just a small one) when I reach the point of procrastination will usually help get me back to where I need to be. It’s just so easy to get caught up in pushing myself so hard to reach my goal that I forget I need to take care of myself along the way!
What about you? When do you find yourself the most tempted to give into procrastination? How does it make you feel? Care to share any tricks that help you procrastinate less?
At the end of the day, I think this little reminder can benefit us all: