Sunday, April 15, 2012

Now and Later

Do you ever find yourself doing nothing because you're anticipating something? Do you find yourself putting off starting something because you're waiting for just the right time? Have you ever said to yourself "I'll start my new diet on Monday." or "As soon as the kids start school again, I'll get back into my routine."

I know I have done this, and recently, too. I've been waiting for things like basketball season to be over, our trip to Florida to be done, spring break for my daughter to conclude, the home-school year to be done, and so many more things, then I'll start that project, I'll walk more, I'll buckle down to a new project.

The truth is, all this waiting for the right time is a mind-game that is masking procrastination. If I was earnest about getting more exercise, writing that proposal, cleaning my closets, etc, I'd do it now instead of waiting until later.

So this is my stern lecture to myself to get busy, stop procrastinating, and get to work. Time to make some lists and get some stuff crossed off!

How about you? Do you need to sit yourself down and have a come-to-your-senses kinda talk? What are you hoping to accomplish that you've been putting off? Is there any way I can encourage you?


33 comments:

  1. I wish you well as you attack your to-do lists, Erica.

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    1. Thank you, Keli. I got quite a bit done today. :)

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  2. Yep, I do this all the time. Blech. My WIP is gathering dust. lol Time to brush it off!!

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    1. Go, Jessica! You can do it. I'm so excited to start your book. It arrived today all shiny and new. :)

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  3. I'm the Queen of Procrastination! And I hate the reign. Seriously...it totally is the pits. But I think I may try a real to-do list that I have to cross off each day. Maybe that will get me going. :)

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    1. I'm trying to create doable lists instead of being tyrannized by my list. I hope you find what works for you, Sherrinda. Until then, we'll share the tiara. :)

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  4. Lol, Sherinda, Love that! I've been procrastinating cleaning out the Weeble House. Just freaks me out to be there alone. Himself will be with me today. The incentive will be a lunch date.

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    1. Glad Himself could help you out today. :) Hope lunch was yummy. :D

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  5. LOL...CJ, I love that you call your house the Weeble House! lol Have fun on your lunch date!

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  6. I seriously do this every single time my house needs a good cleaning. I invite people over just to break through this.
    ~ Wendy

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    1. Ah, that's the secret! I should have people over! :D Wanna come to my house, Wendy?

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  7. Oh yes. yes, yes, yes. On a different note - I used to LOVE Now and Laters!

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    1. Me too, Katie! I should reward myself with some when I get something accomplished. :D

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  8. Here's what I do to help me stop procrastinating:

    1) Write on my blog

    2) Read other blogs and comment on them

    :)

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  9. Linda8:32 AM

    It was just candy, Erica.

    And yeah, I gotta get my bookmarks done soon.

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    1. Did you figure out the long one you had to do? I think we should have another 6 hr lunch to work on it. :D

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  10. Oh yeah, I do this. I'm always so sure whatever I need to do will be better if I start it at the perfect time. But generally the perfect time doesn't come. :) Love the challenge to break through and just do it! [cue Nike logo]

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    1. Yep, me too, Melissa, but we can break this cycle, we can Do It! :D

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  11. I'm a talented procrastinator. I can even procrastinate by reading books on time management. There are no bounds to my procrastinating. I'm procrastinating right now! Okay, I'm going to get back to work. :)

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    1. Okay, this cracked me up. Time management books? LOL! You win!

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  12. Yes, yes, and yes. I've buckled down though. I'm two weeks into healthier eating and 5 day/week exercising, and while we had spring break last week, I managed to squeeze 4 hours of plotting in each morning.

    The key for me is to not get off track to begin with. Let me know if you figure out the solution to that! Ha!

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    1. Yay! Go Jill! that's fantastic! You're right. If I get off track, it's so hard to get back on!

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  13. Oh yep, you make a great point here. I have totally done this before, saying "I'll start when..."

    I've been doing better lately, working hard on eating better, exercising, plotting and blogging. The big thing I need to remember is that it's okay to take a day off, and it's okay if I don't make all my goals for one day. I just have to keep going.

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    1. Sometimes I just want to get DONE with something, but I can't write a novel in a day or lose twenty pounds in a week. It's the long haul that sometimes does me in. I have to remember too, that I need to keep going, and one slip doesn't mean I have to scrap the whole deal.

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  14. I've been stumped on part of my plot as I revise, so I've put it off because I don't want to think hard. How lazy is that? LOL Go get em!

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    1. BEEN THERE! I'm currently dodging a plotting project because it's sooooo hard for me. I'm even contemplating cleaning the bathroom instead of plotting this project out. You'll notice I didn't say I was actually cleaning the bathroom, just thinking about it. :D

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  15. Yes, I find myself getting "precious" about writing. "I'll work on this when (insert I have time/I finish reading a writer's guide/I finish blogging/I have my favorite pencil), lol. Making a schedule and sticking to it helps.

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  16. Brandi, that is the PERFECT way to describe the way I've been behaving. I'm going to get myself "unprecious"!

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  17. Boo for conviction.

    And yay for conviction.

    Now where did I put that half-edited manuscript? ...

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    1. LOL! I agree! Boo AND yay. Dust off that ms and let 'er rip! :)

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  18. P.S. I'm stealing your WIP tracker thingy...public accountability works wonders for me (although technically I won't be starting my next project until May 1...)

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    1. I love that word count widget. It really helps, especially when someone asks me why it hasn't moved in awhile. :D

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