Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Nation of Procrasti

Wednesday, January 6

Today’s topic is near and dear to me. It has to be because I tend to spend quite a bit of time there. For some reason, I can’t seem to move out of the Nation of Procrasti. Putting things off tends to get one in trouble. With me, I intend to do it, yet I find myself entering into this familiar nation in order to do it a little later. Then, something comes along that distracts me and I fail to return to that particular project.

For instance, I intended to write an entry to my blog and post it for the last three days. I usually think about it in the morning but I want to post it at night. Thus, logic tells me to finish working on it at night. I work on the idea for the post in the morning but want to allow some time to pass. This allows me to come back to it with some fresh ideas and build on what I have already written.

Then life steps in and I forget about it. The problem is that I allow distractions to step in that pull me away from my intended goal. These distractions do not have to be big. A simple request for information by someone that catches my interest. The next thing I know, I am looking the subject up on the Internet. My train of thought has been sidetracked. Thus, I forgot about my posts. When I remember, it would be midnight and I would be snug in my bed not interested in coming out from under those warm covers.

Another area were I seemed to be trapped in this nation of ‘putting things off’ pertains to my writing. This week’s writing goals have not been worked on yet. I had planned to complete one short story, write 10,000 words toward my novel, and build a newsletter. Yet, I just can’t get my fingers to type out what I want to do. If I am meet these goals, I will have to type at least 2500 words a day toward my novel; compete the first draft of the short story by tomorrow; build, print, and mail the newsletter by this afternoon.

I wrote the above this morning. The only thing I ended up working on turned out to be the newsletter. I got 5 of the 6 pages completed. I have half of the sixth page done but can’t think on it any more. I can complete the sixth page tomorrow morning, print it out and mail it tomorrow afternoon. That leaves the short story and the novel. The short story is doable but the 10,000 word on the novel will be pushing it.

I hate living in the Nation of Procrasti but I wonder sometime because I find myself visiting it many times over the last year. Even though living there makes me rush to complete simple things, I can’t seem to help myself. So, here is to the Nation of Procrasti.

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