Friday, August 26, 2011

Procrastinators Unite! Tomorrow

Are you a procrastinator?

Do you put off what you could do today till tomorrow?

Or are you creating quietly in your head?

It is important to realize that all lazy days are not actually a waste of time. Our minds work 24/7 - or at least mine is continuously rattling away, lol. Sometimes you are preparing for your next step, rather you realize it or not.

This preparation could be for a creative project, or life.

Someone brought it to my attention, "I am a thinker." I'm not sure if it was meant as a compliment or not, but the truth was spoken. My mind is never still. Even in sleep it goes on, creating the most bizarre things you could imagine.

Is this a good thing? Sometimes, yes - sometimes, no. As a thinker, I also find I am a worrier, but not as much as I have been in the past. Most of my thinking now  revolves around my next project, whatever it might be.

So, the next time, you feel defeated at the end of the day because nothing was achieved, think back over the day. How many times did you think of what needed to be done? How much of that time was spent deciding in what order to accomplish this goal? Did you have a quick moment of thought on that next scene in your book and jot down the one sentence moment of inspiration?

Sometimes our best ideas come forth while we are doing nothing at all.


Cherie Reich said...

Great post, Cher.

I am definitely a thinker. Even if I'm not writing, I'm thinking. I guess I need to count that too. I think over chapters, plan things I need to do in my head, all sorts of things. I like to think all that thinking will help the doing be easier and quicker. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Fascinating choice for a blog subject, Cher. I was a thinker for many many years. I finally started to "not think" about 2 years ago when I published my first novel. I knew something had to give, and almost instantly one of Eckhart Tolle's books fell into my lap. I'm here to say that if you can give your brain a few minutes of rest every single day, she'll love you for it. It's like skinny dipping in the fountain of youth.

Terry W. Ervin II said...

A delicate balance between 'thinking about doing' and 'preparing to do' as being opposed to 'procastinating' vs. 'actually doing.'

For each person, the balance probably comes down different.

Anonymous said...

Cherie - I'm with you - runs 90 miles an hour 24/7.

Joylene - great suggestion. A quiet moment in my head sounds wonderful. I even have trouble meditating because of the noises in my head. :)I'm working on creating quiet, I'll get there one day.

Terry - very true. It's easy to con yourself into thinking your doing something when you really are procrastinating.

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