I admit to having a few bad habits. No, not nun habits! Things I do that aren’t good for my inner child, or something.
Honestly, who doesn’t have a few? They’re what makes us unique, special, and interesting.
Well some bad habits do, others are just revolting. But since this is a happy post we’ll pretend those don’t exist, k?
My personal bad habits? I’m a champeen procrastinator. Truly. I know this because I did ‘research’ for this post by playing FB games. See how I justify?
In a little bit I’ll go clean the kitchen, start a load of laundry and even exercise, EXERCISE!, so I can put off writing just a little bit longer. Sad the depths we’ll sink to, isn’t it? Cleaning house? When did that ever become my first choice of activity?
It all comes from telling myself I HAVE to do something. There’s some lingering childhood BS there somewhere, when I can make myself feel writing (something I truly enjoy!) is work to be avoided.
So, countering techniques?
The one I’ve been trying recently is giving myself a choice. I tell myself I’m going be writing at noon. There’s no choice there. BUT I can choose between One Small Touch or Night of Redemption (which is why I added word counters for both). This takes off the pressure of “Ugh, I HAVE to write 1500 more words in this chapter and it’s such a bore!” And makes it “Which story is calling me today? Ooh, I feel Laurel talking, let’s see what she’s saying!”
Admittedly, it’s not a perfect solution but it’s allowing me to feel that happiness in writing once more. Now I just need to get into the GOOD habit of writing everyday again.
Does anyone have any other solutions for battling procrastination?