Ah, procrastination. That giant word that becomes the bane of my existence. I am a total procrastinator. Not out of choice, really. Every personality test I have ever taken in life (and I have taken a lot, being a Psychologist and all) puts me clearly into the super-outgoing-friendly-with-the-attention-span-of-a-gnat category. Let’s just say, I have trouble focusing without a deadline. I am also a pretty creative person, but mostly I just sit around and think up awesome ideas, but rarely pull the trigger when it comes to execution.
And writing, I fear you have suffered the most. I haven’t gone back to count, but I am pretty sure I have posted all of four blogs in 2012. It is November 3rd and that is just plain pathetic. And it sucks, because writing is probably the thing I think about the most, and do the least. That and exercising [shudder]. Now, I have a book that is already 90% written. It’s a good book. Funny as hell, and probably guarantees that no one will ever hire me again. Where is it, you ask? Sitting on my business partner’s desk. Why? Well, she is a brilliant writer and edits shit for a living. So she is editing my book. The problem? She’s in the same category as I am – Can’t focus. But, we are really pushing ourselves to get things done for a change. Hence the reason I am writing this today.
I am done with setting goals, because without deadlines, they are pretty pointless. I have sat here for 10 months saying, “Oh, I should write about that time I visited the hospital” and “Man, that’s a great idea for another book” but have written absolutely nothing. Unless I can’t sleep at my Mother-in-law’s house, which means I sit down and write a novel about all the things I need to do for this site, my books, craft projects, sewing… you get the picture. Much ado about nothing, so to speak.
So, rather than setting a goal, I am borrowing a page from my friend Rowan and am setting my intention, instead. Not what I would LIKE to do, but what I am going to do. I am going to write every day. It may not be long, and it may not be interesting, but I am going to do it anyway (Day 1 – Check!). And I am going to figure a few things out. And maybe make some mistakes along the way. Doesn’t matter. The only way to succeed is to just start doing it. Writing for myself, my business, and even collaborating with my brilliant partner on a new topic (more to come on that very soon).
So feel free to chime in if you have any topics of interest. I have some exciting things coming up in the next few weeks, so I am really looking forward to putting that out there.