Procrastination and Busy Work

Today’s Reverb1o prompt is:

Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

I am a procrastinator, and I know this. I have often lived by the adage that I need the pressure to get writing done and that’s true to some extent. That worked for my academic life. I would spend lots of time on the research and save the writing for the 11th hour. This made for a bunch of anxiety, but it also led to a 4.0, so I didn’t complain. However, it doesn’t work for being creative.

Back in academia, I had deadlines and specific outlines. For being creative, I don’t. I just have some really good (if I must say so) ideas. Lots of them. But they don’t get executed most of the time because I procrastinate. However, I don’t just procrastinate, I make busy work for myself. In the midst of it all, I will decide that the shelves need rearranging or I need to organize my junk drawer. Seriously.

I know I can fix this.

I’ve started getting up earlier in the morning — before the child and the husband — and allowing myself some special, dedicated time for me. And I’ve decided to participate in Reverb10 which is making me write on a daily basis. Slowly, but surely, I am letting go of the procrastination and busy work. Couple that with rising before the sun and my writing will get done.