Jeanne Owens, author

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Putting things off

On the radio morning show this morning, they did a phone survey asking what things you’ve been meaning to do/need to do but have been putting off. That got me thinking, and I was a bit surprised by how many things there are:

I’ve slipped a little on my daily word count goal. But that’s not really putting off.

I’d been putting off getting a new car, but I took care of that over the weekend.

I’ve been intending to get out and socialize more, but had been putting it off (one reason being the beat-up old car I’d been using).

I’ve been intending to start going to church again, but have been putting that off, too.

I’ve been intending to get new glasses but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

My hair could probably use a trim, but I’ve been putting it off because I’ve been thinking of growing it out.

I have a group of short stories I’ve been thinking of compiling together and putting out on Amazon, but haven’t done it yet.

Going through clothes in my closet.

Sorting through the stuff I took out of my old car before I traded it in.

Exercising.

 

 

So, what sort of things have you been putting off doing lately?

 

 

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The art of Procrastination

 

Procrastination. Almost worse than writer’s block for a writer. At least with writer’s block, we are making an effort at trying to get some writing done. With procrastination, on the other hand, we know we should be writing, but we put it off, telling ourselves we’ll do it later and make excuses to ourselves for it.

For example, I’d intended to try to get some writing done on my book this weekend. Yesterday, I spent most of the day over at my mother’s instead, helping her with some things. Then by the time I got home, I was exhausted and didn’t feel mentally up to writing. Ok, that’s a fair excuse, right? But what’s my excuse for today, where I’ve pretty much just been watching videos on the computer, telling myself “just one more episode” and playing around on here? There really is none except being lazy. And now it’s almost dinner time and I’ve not gotten anything written. Tsk tsk.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll get around to finally setting that daily word count goal I’d intended to start and finally get some writing done after work.
Procrastination at its best.