Time and Procrastination

Everyone gets 24 hours in a day. Sometimes those days fly by and sometimes they take seem to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to end. Annoyingly, it seems like I’m most productive when doing things for other people. Why is that? Don’t I owe it to myself to give myself the very best of my effort? Oh, wait, it’s probably because I can rationalize it with the fact that the boss is me, so the boss will understand.

I really tried to push past procrastination this week. Every time I had fifteen minutes or more, I would brainstorm, edit, or write new sections of my synopsis. It’s finally starting to get into shape. Being forced to confront the overall story arc has been very good for me. I tend to avoid confrontation in real life, and I’ve been forced to play devil’s advocate with some of my own story ideas. Will anyone care? Can I make it more compelling? How far to raise the stakes for some of my characters?

I gained an hour of time unexpectedly this week. I could have read a book for fun, or maybe went through some paperwork, but realized this was a gift and I should take advantage of it. So I did. I had printed out my opening scene which has really been a bear for me, and I wrote all over the pages. Last night, I stayed up late to get the changes into the digital version. I tried to read the printed page as a reader would. Could I see everything? The characters? The situation? What drove them? What about even just a few details to make the setting more vivid? I won’t say I’m done, but it was a very helpful exercise.

I have heard that procrastination is caused by when we think we need the perfect situation, the perfect time, in order to create the perfect project. I’ve learned that Time needs to be seized. Carpe tempus! Life is messy. Life is imperfect. Just roll with it. I was amazed at what a few periods of 30 to 45 minutes and that one golden hour did for my goals. Push procrastination out of the driver’s seat and take the wheel!

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