Friday, September 2, 2011

Perfecting the Art of Procrastination

I have been putting off doing my writing work for about 3 days now. My deadline isn't until next week, so I have plenty of time, but I wanted to get a jump on things because I'm going to be busy next week.

What is it about writing that makes it so hard to get started? As far as my journal goes, I look forward to writing in it everyday, but writing for work is another story.

 I hate to lump writing in with other kinds of work because there is a joy to creating something from your own head. It's like yoga - I feel great after I do it, but I'm forever dragging my feet to get to class.

Maybe I should use some tricks to talk myself into getting started, like a reward for writing. I'm thinking that if I write the first three lines, I get a 7up. What do you think? Do you have strategies that help you tackle big projects like writing (or painting the house, etc)?


  1. When I have projects that are daunting I set a goal, such as, to work for 1/2 hour. I find that once I get started that things don't seem that bad. Food rewards don' t work for me. I try to balance with relaxing hobbies. So I will organize the box of papers for 1/2 hour and then as a reward sit down and knit After I get started on a project I often work longer than 1/2 hour because it feels so good to get started. Seems to work for me.

  2. I'm a "morning" person, so I have to take on those hard to do projects when I have the most energy---the morning. On the other hand, I'm not sure we ever eliminate some procrastination.