Monday, May 23, 2016

Day 2412 - The Art of Procrastination

Are they reasons or excuses?



We all procrastinate at some point.  Some of us procrastinate a little, others procrastinate a lot.  There's always a reason.  But they're not reasons are they?  They're excuses.



I've been procrastinating when it comes to my latest book.  I wrote it OK. In fact I wrote it in record time and enjoyed every minute of it. But the whole editing it and finalising it bit has had me dancing around it giving reasons excuses as to why I don't have time to get it finalised.

I think for me it's the fear factor.  The responsibility of having to put out the perfect next book. Either that or I just don't like the editing bit.  

I've used my mumager role, all the travel and other diversions as reasons excuses as to why I haven't got it done.

I wrote it two months ago.  The editor has made her changes.  All I've got to do is fix it up, proof read it another few times, get it back to the editor for a final check and get it to the printer. The printer will give me a mock-up and we'll check it all again.  Then we make any final changes and we hit "publish".

It's all very straight forward. It's a process I've been through many times before.  This is the eighth book in the series after all.

I'm just procrastinating.

The reality is if I really wanted to get it done I would have by now.

Excuses.

We all procrastinate.

I procrastinate all the time when it comes to the housework.

I also procrastinate about exercise.

Procrastination is not conducive to positive forward movement.  It definitely does not fit in with my words for the year "onward and upward".

It's Monday and today I will get back to my onward and upward mentality.  Less procrastination and more action.

What about you?

What are you procrastinating about?

Are they valid reasons or just excuses?




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23 comments :

  1. I'm always procrastinating with the housework. But I do have a cold, sore throat and headache, so that's my excuse for today. As for all the other days... I'll think of something!

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    1. That's a good excuse though! Housework is easy to procrastinate over.

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  2. Procrastination is my middle name! I'm procrastinating with my ebook at the moment. I've written it but it needs more editing and I just don;t have the brain power right now - well that's what I'm telling myself, anyway!

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  3. I'm feeling much the same about my business diploma. So close but still so far. I'm not sure what you are describing is procrastination, or excuses. Possibly like me you're just not in the right head spae right now because you have so much else on.

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    1. Could be. But ... If I seriously wanted to get it done, I would. I've done it before. Even if it meant pulling all-nighters. For some reason this time I'm putting other things higher on the priority list ... even those things that don't need to be there. I'm definitely procrastinating with this one ... (sigh). Having said that, I did get a big chunk of it done yesterday! Now off with another set of eyes to check it. Making progress.

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  4. My entire life is procrastination. All plans, no time or energy. I think these things get harder as we age too.

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  5. hmmm, procrastination? I'll think about it later....;)

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  6. I like to think life is too short to procrastinate... Unless housework is involved and then it's perfectly OK!

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  7. I'm a procrastibaker. If I'm ever procrastinating I make cake, bread, muffins, loafs, slices...

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  8. I am the Queen at procrastinating and for no real reason at all. I'm also really good at overthinking things which seems to go hand in hand with procrastination!

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  9. I'm procrastinating about my FIRST book! Mostly out of fear - what if it turns out to be total crap anyway? #TeamIBOT

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  10. Oh Leanne I feel your pain. Sometimes, no matter how many times we've been through a process, there can be roadblocks along the way. I'm sure you'll push through this testing time. (...and congrats on writing the book - that is an achievement in itself!)

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  11. I think we are sometimes a little hard on ourselves when it comes to procrastination. We all do it, and for various reasons. Sometimes it's okay to take our time and just let it happen when we are ready.

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  12. This post could be about me, I am procrastinating with editing, housework and exercise, I am reading blog posts inserted of anything else!

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  13. I was gonna say, you know I'm a professional editor right?! But then I saw you've already had the editor go through it, now you just have to make the changes. I procrastinate over housework (and exercise), but the funny thing is, if I'm procrastinating over something else I will actually do housework! Weird huh?!

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  14. Yes, I'm a procrastinate. I have projects I've been wanting to do but haven't been intentional in getting them started and finished.

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  15. I AM THE WORST PROCRASTINATOR EVER. Ever. It's terrible. I really want to write a book but I'd procrastinate even at that!

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  16. I think of so many things to do that I end up procrastinating because I can't pick and focus!

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  17. I haven't touched my book for ages, but that's because I've been busy with other things.
    I'm not much of a procrastinator by nature really, but I will procrastinate things that terrify me if I'm really scared. I also don't like thinking about those things.

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  18. Queen of the procrastinators. Exercise, housework, work you name it lol. Xx good luck with getting it done- I use carrots- I get X if I do Y. Maybe tell yourself you get some awesome treat/prize when you submit it with edits!

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