I think it’s time to come clean. I just can’t hide it anymore. This has been going on for a long time and I just need to own up to it. I can take the fallout. I’m a big kid. Okay, here goes…. I’m a procrastinator. Ugh, it’s true. That’s me. If I don’t do something right now, while I’m thinking about it, that project or chore will sit on the back burner until it’s good and forgotten. That’s why I make lists and notes and re-list things. So I don’t forget.
I’ve actually been a lot better about it of late. I’ve been scheduling time each night to write, or work on this beautiful website, or to read some great copy and make notes. It’s almost like I’m a full-blown grown up, doing the adulting thing right. Almost. Then there are days like today when I’d rather blow bubbles with the kid in the yard and throw the ball with the dogs. When I play a game on my phone for 20 minutes while he watches a cartoon before bed. It’s nice to have that down time. But it’s a very slippery slope. That 20 minutes can easily turn into 2 hours or 2 days. Staying on course is the hardest thing.
So, I set reminders now. I used to just pretend I’d remember to do everything or I’d lie to myself and say I wouldn’t go home and binge watch The Walking Dead or any number of shows. It’s just so easy and The Walking Dead is just soooo good!
But no, I had to put a stop to it. I have a reminder on my phone that asks what I’m doing. Pretty simple. Just “What are you doing?” It means: is what you are currently doing going to progress your business or move your book forward? Is what you are doing right this moment more important than your future? It’s a pretty great reminder. But I don’t stop there! I have one more reminder when I typically have quiet time. It is also very short and sweet. “What are you writing?” That’s it. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s also a guilt tool. If I’m not doing anything worthwhile, I’m guilting myself into getting to work. Genius!
Both are open-ended questions. And both could be answered with “Nothing.” But I won’t go there. I have to be doing something. We are always doing something. So, if I’m honest with myself, and I usually am, I’ll push the button on the alarm and say, “spending quality time outside,” or “fine, I’m opening the laptop now.” OR, if I’m having a particularly proactive day, I’ll actually turn off the alarm before it goes off because I’ve done my requisite 2 hours. (I shoot for 2 hours. It doesn’t always get done and sometimes it’s way more. I just give myself a set time.)
But that’s it. Hello world, my name is Jennifer and I’m a procrastinator. However, I am very much aware of it and I have taken steps to improve. Do you have a similar problem? Do you take any drastic steps to stay on track? I’d love to hear it! Share away.