Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG BLOG – Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG BLOG – Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Most of us procrastinate, and I’m definitely guilty of this. Sure, I’ll have it done by tomorrow. Next day absolute latest. Then life gets in the way, and whatever it is gets shelved for one reason or another. It was a bigger job than I’d anticipated, more complicated, it needed more time than I could spare, and so it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the list. A year later it’s still there, still giving me those “what-about-me?” looks and still no closer to getting done. 

But what if, instead of finding reasons or excuses not to start the job, I’d spared it 10-20 minutes every day? It may still not be completely done, but it’ll be a lot closer to the finish line than it was a year ago. 

We all laugh and roll our eyes at schedules and to-do-lists, but they do help in organizing our time more wisely. Just don’t make them too tight or too organized. Make a schedule that works for you and is something you can actually achieve. Be sure to build in slots to cover things you must do, such as appointments and daily living, allow a little time for the unexpected, and cut down on time that achieves no real purpose. I have a bad habit of spending too much time on email and social media. Time that would be better spent on wips that are gathering dust and getting out-of-print books ready to be reissued.  

Yesterday. I heard someone say that life is like a coin. You can spend it how and wherever you wish, but you can only spend it once.
The hardest part with making a schedule is getting started. Compile a to-do list, then make a draft schedule for the next 7 days. Once you've done that the rest is comparatively easy--provided you keep to the schedule as best you can and don't beat yourself up if things don't work out quite the way you'd planned. 

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  1. Ah yes. I procrastinate all the time. Typically not with writing--I write whenever I have the opportunity. I procrastinate with cleaning or paying bills or buying gifts. Those things I can't just do on the phone while I'm sitting at a stop light or on a bathroom break (I really meant it when I said I write whenever I can. ;)).

    Hope your scheduling works out for you!

  2. To do lists help me no end!! Also I schedule time in my calendar to write so at least I can know what I'm supposed to be doing according to me when I end up on twitter <3