Posts Tagged ‘procrastination’


Sunday, December 4th, 2011

 Isn’t it amazing how we use busy to avoid doing real work? You will not believe the amount of time I have spent today on busywork. But what have I achieved?

To be fair, I have tackled a few tasks I’ve been procrastinating on. There are some jobs I will do today (like changing the sheets on everybody’s beds) that will greatly contribute to the comfort and health of my family. But really, when it comes to writing my eulogy, will anybody care?

I struggle with balance. My husband, bless him, has been working hard to make beautiful wooden floors for our house (thereby removing my last vestiges of River Heights envy). If I let dust bunnies collect in the corners of those gorgeous floors, what message does that send? But how much time should I devote to chasing dust bunnies? If I spend all day on my laptop trying to write while ignoring my children, what good is that? But if I spend the day with them and try to write by night and destroy my health, have I improved matters at all?

I think I need to re-immerse myself in Flylady, to get those routines going so my house will practically clean itself. I know it is possible because I have been there in the past. Spend 15 minutes and it is amazing how much you can get done. It’s just so hard to get up from the darned laptop.

Housework and childcare are not really the voice of the Lizard Brain, although the LB can definitely use them to fill up the time. See, it says, you don’t have time to write anything worthwhile because you are so … BUSY.

What do you think, how does your Lizard Brain ensnare you?


Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Ants for Competitive Picnicking

Humans are funny creatures. Some of us just can’t leave well alone, and feel a need to measure ourselves against others. Take my friend Holly Jahangiri. She’s in the middle of an exhausting blogging competition that won’t even let her do NaNoWriMo properly. This on top of her day job as a technical communicator and a wife and mother. Why do we do this to ourselves? This is pretty much a case of the pot calling the kettle black, though. While I’m not killing myself like Holly, I have entered a couple of writing competitions, just to see where I’m at and to give myself a deadline to work against. See, I’m a master procrastinator (this is apparently common to writers – it was even in the instructions for one of the competitions I entered). If I don’t have to get something done by a certain date, it tends to fall off the edge of my world. Calendars and reminders help with this, but only somewhat. How about you, do you need competition to get you off your duff?