If anything seems to be a theme this week on the many blogs I've visited, it's procrastination.
Why is that?
I suppose I was procrastinating from writing by visiting so many blogs, reading about procrastination. But was it? I also learn a lot about writing and promotion by reading other author's wisdom. I make new friends and new connections. Is that really procrastination?
Probably not. HOWEVER, if I were to do this to the exclusion of writing, then yes, it would be. Since I've been writing and critiquing a lot this week, I feel safe this isn't pure procrastination.
On the other hand, my daughter-in-law was trying to pull me into playing Farmville and Country Time on Facebook. That is definitely procrastination. She's not a writer but she's a full-time college student, so it's procrastination for her, too.
I went cold turkey on Farm Town several months ago. I was so focused on plowing, planting, and keeping up with my farm, I did very little writing or promoting. It was sort of fun but a real time waster. I couldn't afford it. As a result, I haven't been on Facebook much, either, since then. There are too many games and temptations to trip me up.
There are many many things I procrastinate with. Movies - I love to watch movies. If I do so at home, I multi-task, but I also love to go to the theater and get lost in the big screen. American Idol and The Bachelor. Both shows enthrall me, in particular AI. Twitter. I spend hours on Twitter, not only tweeting but following links to interesting blog posts and recipes. Wii - since I excercise on the Wii I don't know if this can really be considered procrastination. Lunching with friends - I gave up working on my lunch hours long ago. This is my socialization time with my friends at work.
Perhaps many things some people might call procrastinating are good for us. We need to excercise. We need to socialize. We need to connect to other people. We need to keep learning. We need to spend quality time with our families. Sometimes we just need a little down time to regroup and recharge.
As long as we don't go overboard on any one thing or especially on something like Farm Town that gives us no real benefit except perhaps to recharge, we should be good. Balance is the key word to everything in life. Even to eating watermelon which isn't high in calories and is so tasty. Too much of even watermelon isn't good.
What about you? What type of thing is your Achilles Heel? Do you find yourself procrastinating much? How do you bring yourself back to business?
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