Welcome to Rudan Thursdays where we talk about…things! Anything from books and movies, to blog posts and authors, to food and drink.
Continuing with our chat about fear, today lets talk about procrastination…
Your wip is waiting for you. You can hear it calling your name. You can feel that niggling sensation at the back of your neck; you know what you need to do, you just…don’t…do it.
“I’m a procrastinator.”
Well, yeah. Duh. But…why are you a procrastinator?
Note: For all of my non-writer buddies, “wip” means “Work In Progress”
Last time, we chatted about fear and change; about how many people refuse to change simply because they fear it. Whatever their “it” may be.
Using yet another of Bob Mayer’s tips—and how could I not? He’s a genius!—we’re going to delve into our fears a little deeper. It’s ok, don’t worry, yeah just hold my hand, you’ll be alright 😛
Since I know myself better than I know you, I’ll use me as an example:
I have never been a procrastinator. In fact, my mantra is “get it done now so it’s out of the way.” I’m rarely late, and I hardly ever miss deadlines or appointments. Just ask my husband, he’ll tell you I excel at crackin’ the whip.
So…why isn’t MY wip—pun intended—finished and ready to submit?
I’m a…procrastinator *cue innocent whistling*
NO! I’m afraid, plain and simple. I think of completing my wip and I think to myself, “It’s not good enough.” The reality is, it’s probably fine (see that ‘probably’ there? Yeah…fear), and yet, I procrastinate.
There are SO many other things that need to be done: laundry, kids need a bath, dinner, clean the [insert room here]…but, oh wait, my husband did all of that. Now what? I feel my laptop staring at me, and I…resist. WHY?! I can’t answer that question…because the funny part is, when I’m writing, I feel SO GOOD! I feel amazing…I feel energized and alive…so, why do I resist?
Chatting with you all about my fears has been enormously helpful. The past several weeks I’ve been able to face quite a bit of mine, and begin working through some others. My hope is that you have been able to do the same! We’ll have the final word on fear next week 🙂
So talk to me. Are YOU a procrastinator? Do you find yourself searching out other tasks in order to avoid an intimidating one? How do you work through procrastination?