just. get. started.

April 17, 2008

I don’t mean to brag. But it’s true. I’m a fabulous procrastinator. Better than most.

A few weeks ago, I was in a stretch that required 45 pages of writing in about 7 days. Required might not be the best word. I knew each of those due dates at least three weeks prior. So, perhaps I should say, I procrastinated myself into 45 pages of writing within a week’s time. Yup. That says it better.

Sometimes writing comes easily for me. Sometimes not. But I know one thing for sure. My biggest hang up, just about every time, is getting started. I tend to think that I need a big chunk of time set aside to work on a project, and so I’ll delay until such a time is upon me. As you might know, those times are scarce.

In the midst of all that writing a few weeks ago, I tried something different. Toward the end of a day of work, I only had about an hour remaining. It wasn’t enough time to really dive in to one of the writing projects, but it was enough time to get started. So I did.

After that hour, the writing was far from done, but I had a good head start. I was able to step away with some new ideas rattling around and a sense of having made some progress. With another 50 or so pages of writing “requiring” my attention in the next two weeks, it is a method I will use again. I guess it is time to just. get. started.

But you deserve some credit too. If you’ve made it this far, you must be procrastinating something as well. Perhaps I’m not as superior as I thought.

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