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Procrastinating is Hard Work

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August 18, 2013 by Renee

I’ll mention again that I’ve decided to list THE LEGEND OF JACKSON MURPHY and IN THE BONES (e-book version only) free this week. FREE!! So go, get them, share the good news and leave a review if you feel so inclined. While I’m supposed to be editing, I’ll keep checking my social media pages, breathlessly awaiting someone’s acknowledgement of their freeness.

Procrastination is possibly the thing that I do best of all the things I do. And sometimes I do a lot of stuff. Just not the stuff I’m supposed to be doing or that I should be doing. What’s kind of funny about procrastinators, though, is that we work really hard at NOT doing the things we know we should do. For example, instead of editing, I will:

  • Vacuum/Mop the floors
  • Clean the cat litter
  • Clean toilets
  • Read blog posts
  • Fuck around on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest
  • Eat
  • Nap
  • Write blog posts

 

Now, you should understand, I’m quite possibly the worst housewife ever, so the very fact that I’ll clean ANYTHING should tell you how much of a procrastinator I am when it comes to editing, which really isn’t all that taxing. I mean, you sit your ass in a chair and stare at words. The problem is that editing reminds me what a fucktard writer I can be. No one wants that.

If I have to clean something like the garage, which requires monumental effort and always smells like death so I’m always afraid death is what I’ll find and I don’t want to find death, I procrastinate by:

  • Napping
  • Fucking around on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest
  • Netflix marathon
  • Cutting the grass
  • Writing anything (Even synopses, which I hate)

You might notice that my favorite things to do are napping and fucking around. I don’t care what that says about me.

I’ve used examples of things I always avoid doing right away, but to be honest, I procrastinate over pretty much every task. It’s like genetic or something. I can’t NOT procrastinate. It could be something I really enjoy, like working on a WIP, and I’ll procrastinate. I’m actually doing it right now. But when I do finally get down to work, I do the shit out of whatever it is I put off doing. I think that’s admirable, right?

So, what about you? What is the one thing that you ALWAYS procrastinate over? If you never procrastinate, I’m afraid you can’t play in our sandbox anymore. Go on. Get out.

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3 thoughts on “Procrastinating is Hard Work

  1. Blog posts. I’ve always and probably always will procrastinate when it comes to writing blog posts. I do enjoy them, but… you know, WHY NOW? DO I REALLY HAVE TO? And shouldn’t be doing something else like reading, writing, watching movies, cooking, cutting my toenails… ANYTHING. No? Darn it. Okay, I’ll write the damn blog post. There. Are you satisfied?

    Interesting enough, the internet is not a distraction for me. Fucking around on social media or other blogs entertains me for maybe half an hour tops. Then my dose for the day is already consumed. It’s probably got to do with the fact that I work with software and online applications for a living.

    What I can spend hours doing, however, is watch documentaries. Discovery channel (or rather it’s middle European cousin, DMax) is on the top of my list there. I love shows about construction sites and heavy machinery. 🙂

  2. I can’t say I never procrastinate, but it’s a pretty rare event. There’s already one member in the family who procrastinates extraordinarily well. As a matter of fact, if procrastination was an Olympic event, he’d win Gold every time. There’s no way I can compete against that.

    Besides, if we both procrastinated, the dogs would go hungry. They don’t take kindly to not eating.

    PS I shared your link on FB! I’ve been working outside a lot so I’ve been out of the social media loop lately. Sunday is my day to play catch-up.

  3. Renee says:

    @Veronica: Kurt is documentary-obsessed too. I get bored.

    @Maria: Thanks! I appreciate the share. 🙂 And I can say I don’t procrastinate nearly as much as Kurt, or the dogs and kids would suffer the same fate.

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