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I’d write, but I have to walk the dog…

April 21, 2010

Procrastination. As much as everyone hates that word, it’s happens. More often than not. There are a million reasons, I’m sure that you can come up with to NOT write: walk the dog, make dinner, take care of the kids, go to work, ‘oh, I’m too tired, maybe tomorrow’ or even the sun is shining so let’s just go out and play.

As an editor and writer, I really don’t have an excuse. I live on a gorgeous island, have the ability to work and write whenever I want, but I find myself staring at the television or just listening to music, drowning out the soothing sounds of palm trees and annoying birds that like to chip at my window. No. There isn’t an excuse.

After mulling over time management and my progress as a writer, there needs to be some priority stated. How bad do you want to write? Do you really want to share your story? Do you want to be published? Or are you just doing this for fun?

No. This is a career and you should treat it as such. Day jobs consist of forty hours a week–okay, maybe forty hours a week of writing may seem surreal since most people have normal jobs, but even if its to write an hour a night or a thousand words a day is a lot closer than NOT writing.

Caught up in the world of social networking which seems like another full time job falls onto time management. The need to turn the internet off for a few hours a day seems to help. You’re really not missing anything and if you did, the world isn’t going to be over because you missed what someone ate for dinner on Twitter.

So my goals against procrastination are: turn internet off for two hours a night and write, blog at least once a week, and get out of cave for a day to relax each week (I have to find an outlet to recharge my batteries and watching TV won’t do that.).

How do you tackle procrastination? What are your writing goals? What excuses should you stop using?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2010 12:57 pm

    And quit emailing me all day? :oD I know, I don’t help much in that area, huh?

  2. April 21, 2010 1:02 pm

    LOL. But if I don’t email you all day, how WILL I get any writing done?

  3. April 24, 2010 9:57 am

    I completely agree with you, especially that social networking takes up a large portion of an author’s life, bleah!

    I sometimes think I’m a harder boss on myself than my out of the house bosses ever were, lol, but there are days when procrastination is what gives me inspiration (usually by fluke). Writing an hour a day, in the evening is an excellent goal, and more is like gold!

    Tara 🙂

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