Monday, December 19, 2005

The Allure of Procrastination

What is it about procrastination that seems to call at the most inopportune times? I’ve been chomping at the bit to have some uninterrupted writing time and now that I do, I find so many other things that need doing. It’s not that I don’t want to write—the Lord knows I do. I guess I feel a bit like the Apostle Paul. What I want to do, I don’t do. What I don’t want to do, I do. Wretched woman that I am! Who will get me off this merry-go-round?

Though misery loves company, I find no comfort in knowing this problem has been plaguing mankind (and womankind) for eons before Scarlet O’Hara announced, “tomorrow is another day.” Aesop’s tale about the hard-working ants and the lazy grasshopper tried to teach industriousness to Greek procrastinators before the time of Christ. The problem’s been around a bit, huh?

And, though I’m a card-carrying member of the club (and I think I recognize a few of you out there from the meetings) I’m going to try something new. An old year’s resolution—only have to keep it a couple weeks. That way I may have a chance. I will read my e-mail before 9:00 a.m. and not again until 3:00 p.m. No AIM until after sundown (sorry Jen and Malia, but at least the sun goes down earlier these days). Blog reading only on Saturdays. And no TV until I’ve put in at least 1000 words (2500 would be better but I have to make this doable).

So, we’ll see how this goes. Now, when to start? Tomorrow sounds good, don’t you think?

Abundant blessings,
Jenny

7 comments:

Malia Spencer said...
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Malia Spencer said...

Haha! Good luck with this. If it works for you, I might try it. I'm a founding member of the club. Anyone else want to chime in on this?

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Sorry, I'm already in the recovering perfectionists club. Now the goal-setting thing I can help with. The key is the reward. Sounds like you've got a good plan to reward writing with TV, though frankly, I've given the whole TV thing up all together. Well, except for Gilmore Girls and the Military Channel. And, when you've met your goals for a whole week, give yourself a bigger reward :)

You can do it!!!!

Jenny said...

I tend to use the TV more for DVD's than for any particular show. Used to like to watch Gilmore Girls but haven't seen it for a while. Now when 24 comes back, I'm afraid for any other goal setting. I really love that show and discipline will not get in between me and Jack Baur.
Abundant blessings:-)

John Burris said...

Jenny--

Good to "hear" from you...I'll take all the hints you get about procrastination...and then some!

Of course it's Merry Christmas"

Sabrina L. Fox said...

Oh Jenny, I so feel your pain. I have a hard time finding time to write. I get home from work and have a million things to do. Writing has always been on the bottom of the list.

Let alone the fact that my 6 year old doesn't understand why I would rather write than play Trouble or Clue. LOL It's a balance thing. I'm still trying to figure it out myself.

Julie said...

Jenny,
Love the blog today--I so relate! Who doesn't this time of year? Especially love the reference to Scarlett O'Hara, of course!

I admire you for setting resolutions already--I'm just trying to get through the holidays intact. Good luck, girlfriend.

JL