This blog by Cher’ley Grogg
Or What to do When Life Gets in the Way!
I chunk it out–doing as much as I can in one setting, and then returning as often as necessary. Admittedly, I procrastinate, which drives me crazy. I AM NOT A PROCRASTINATOR. I Am Not a Procrastinator. I am not a procrastinator. I like to have everything done ahead of time, but life happens.
If I were not a procrastinator, I would not have almost 2000 emails in my email InBox, and none of them are spam. Maybe I will get some of them sorted later tonight. After I … But, on more important issues, (like writing a blog post), I typically do not procrastinate.
A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn on the road. The neighbor who lived nearby came to investigate. “Hey, Willis,” he called out, “forget your troubles for a spell and come on in and have dinner with us. Then I’ll help you get the wagon up.”
“That’s mighty nice of you,” Willis answered, “But I don’t think Pa would like me to.”
“Aw, come on, son!” the neighboring farmer insisted.
“Well, okay,” the boy finally agreed. “But Pa won’t like it.”
After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. “I feel a lot better now, but I just know Pa is going to be real upset.”
“Don’t be foolish!” exclaimed the neighbor. “By the way, where is he?”
“Under the wagon.”.
Ways to Overcome Procrastination
1.-Set Goals -A necessary component of effective goal-setting is to choose a goal that is challenging enough to be interesting but not so difficult as to be unattainable. There is a risk of fatigue through time invested or effort expended toward your goal, and disappointment if the goal is too challenging and or not met.
2.- Plan for Interruptions-One of the easiest ways to do this is to plan breaks. Only check Facebook or Twitter when on a break. (Set time for your break-15 minutes, ½ hour, all day), whatever, but stick to your goals. Unexpected interruptions- regroup. Make your next project shorter so you have more time to finish the one you’re on.
3.-Set deadlines for at least a day ahead of time, perhaps 2 days or a week. (I always figure this blog is due at least a day before it actually is due–then I post it early and set the scheduler)
Here’s a link to 15 more ways to help with Procrastination.
Here’s a book by our very own Linda Leander that I found helpful, and it’s only 99 cents!
13 Extreme Tips to Self-publish (Extreme Tips for Writers) by Linda Leander
I didn’t procrastinate on “All About the Girls” , but life happened. Del’s surgery, my surgery, a new Great Granddaughter, our move to Florida, another Great Granddaughter, more medical procedures for me, and in my spare time I drove and 18 Wheeler. Regardless I got it to print in less than 7 months, and this included including some extended deadline stories.
Every chapter has at least one recipe. I submitted one for my Mom’s potato salad, and a story about when she made it during my childhood years.
***Do you say, “I am not a Procrastinator”? Then… you end up being late on your projects or deadlines? How do you handle Procrastination or Interruptions? ***
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“The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
Boys Will Be Boys The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
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