|... But Show Up and Get The Work Done!|
Back in high school and college this process felt kind of romantic and special. Emergency deadlines made life exciting, and I wasn't even jealous of those folks who ran their races the "slow-and-steady" way (how boring!) But these days putting things off just makes me feel immature (while procrastinating) and then as though I've aged rapidly and painfully (when recovering from said procrastinating).
The good news is that I've improved dramatically since college. Instead of being motivated only by the "stick" of looming deadlines, I occasionally move towards the "carrot"of feeling sane, productive, and well-rested. I've also abandoned the myth that I work "best" under pressure, because I don't. Instead, I know that I write best when I'm feeling positive and confident, and when I regularly set small, achievable goals (and then accomplish them). Even knowing these things, I still struggle with procrastination.
I recently found myself on a website offering advice on "how to overcome procrastination" (I should have been working... ironic, eh?). I read this quote and found it compelling (perhaps even... inspiring!):
Anybody else out there battled procrastination? If so... share tips! Or share your pain. Feel free procrastinate on whatever you "should" be doing, by commenting on my blog. :)
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