I’ve already told you how much of a procrastinator I am. So, why am I even talking about this again, you wonder… Because it’s a huge problem! So many people I know get caught up with a series on TV/Netflix/Hulu and don’t get off the couch for a few hours. Hours. That precious time when you’re not required to be anywhere or do anything. Nobody is watching the clock, looking for you to show up. Yes, I know a good binge is important from time to time but that’s just it – once in a while, not every day!
I found a FANTASTIC article today about how to avoid procrastinating as an author. And I’m so motivated! I even bought a planner so I can old-school schedule stuff. Don’t judge me. I’m a visual person. If I can’t picture it, did it really happen? But that got me onto a whole anti-procrastination search. Yes, I’m also a huge tech nerd. Love to find answers in seconds…
Tools! There are actual tools to help get past procrastinating and reopening that notebook or laptop or whatever your weapon of choice may be. How awesome is that? People have actually thought through this and have put together lists and helpful hints. Were you aware of this? I don’t think you were since you’re on season 6 of Archer and you just started watching it yesterday.
I actually go in spurts. I have days when I can get a blog post done, edit an article, do research for another one, and even spend quality time with the family. How? I have no idea. But I do know that it doesn’t include Archer. Or television at all. For some reason that is such a huge time-suck for me. If I actually sit down and get interested, all plans are out the door. OR, I bring the laptop into the living room and half watch and half write. No bueno. That is not a good combination for me. I don’t do well with distraction and my writing suffers.
But I do love the idea of giving myself a timer or a deadline for the day. I’ve talked about a 2 hour a day commitment. Yep, that’s my goal, to write for 2 hours a day, or work on my business somehow for that time period. Today, I’ve put in about 3 hours. But others will be 6 or zero. Who knows. That’s the beauty of this life. I can be flexible and meet my own needs and desires. It’s absolutely lovely. But I have to be organized too.
If I don’t have things written out or emailed to me regularly, something will certainly fall through the cracks and that is also no bueno. That’s not me. I’m a control freak when it comes to my work and my creative outlets. Ask anyone who has ever worked with me. I’m a team-player but I need to make sure it’s getting done. That’s just how I’m wired.
So, tell me, how do you get past your distractions? Do you see them for what they are or do you just roll with them? I’m curious! I love finding new ways to be efficient and productive but still maintain balance. Because, who doesn’t like to goof off?? Tell be in the comments!