The intention I set for this week is more of a constant, running theme in my day to day life….
This is an ongoing challenge. A struggle for balance. And it’s not so much that I want the constant chatter and buzz that steals of my attention and takes it down paths I do not deliberately seek. After all, when I let them wander, my chaotic thoughts take me to interesting places .
It’s more about buckling down and concentrating on one thing at a time….
I should be writing – but I am not. I have come to the conclusion that I am avoiding my unfinished novels on purpose.
Nah – I’m just stuck at Procrastination Station. I was on the track to finishing a project I started last November – but the train I boarded seems to have gone off the rails.
Here’s the thing: I waste a lot of time surfing the internet for information I will never put to good use. Today, for instance, I Googled how to publish e-books and recipes for something called “chicken muffins”. This is typical behaviour of a closet procrastinator. I mask my avoidance of something I know I have to do by doing things I pretend are more important instead.
I should be writing.
Oh heck, who am I kidding? My novel should be finished by now. I haven’t even so much as opened the folder on my desktop that contains my incomplete manuscript. Instead I’m looking up images of catfish and finding answers about the amount of time it take for a blade of grass to grow.
By the way, did you know the largest catfish ever caught was 9 feet long and weighed 645 pounds? Crazy, eh?
It’s not like I haven’t tried to eliminate the incriminating factors:
I have done the Facebook cleanse. No more constant status updates for me!
I have detoxed from FeedDemon. Talk about information overload…
I don’t even go near SparkPeople that much any more. Meh – how many fitness articles can one person read in a day anyway?
And then there is Google. This is the one constant thing that seems to be my biggest form of disengagement – whenever I have a spare moment and that little nagging thought that I should be working on finishing my “Work In Progress” pops up, I smash it down. I bury it at the back of the book shelf in my mind. “Googling” something always becomes more… pressing.
What can I say? I have always been one to ask a lot of questions. Google is always there to provide the answers I seek. Right there. At my fingertips.
Yes, I banish productivity for endless curiosity fulfilment and superficial knowledge enhancement. One click leads to another suddenly my free time has vanished, leaving me to waive clenched fists in the air with a cry of “Damn you, Google!”
Why? The honest answer is….I don’t know why…I guess having a short attention span and the World Wide Web in front of you is not a good combination. Especially when there is work to be done.
I need to prioritize. I need to be more strict with myself. I need get serious, disable to internet and concentrate. I need to….unplug tantalising search engines!
hmmmm – that might not be such a bad idea…
Where is the off switch for procrastination, anyway?
Where is the off switch for the internet?
I want to know, dearest readers, fellow bloggers and seasoned writers…what is your advice on procrastination? How on Earth do you block out the noise and allure of things around you and all that threatens to steal your productivity?
Before seeing this challenge theme, I would have told you my days are pretty uneventful. I work from home and don’t get out that much! So if you merely ask me to describe my day, I would probably tell you “not much happens”.
My phone is the one thing that I carry with me from the moment I wake up in the morning, to the moment my head hits the pillow at night. I figured this would be the best way to capture my day.
Starting with my first sleepy steps at 6:15 am, I began snapping random moments as my day progressed. As it turns out, photographing my day paints a much more detailed picture.
Here is what happened on Tuesday, April 2nd…just a normal, average day in the life of me:
This is me, getting ready for an early morning run and workout:
Stumble to the coffee maker
Goooood morning, Fin!
This dog is not a morning person.
Where are my running shoes?
After my workout, my day really begins:
Green smoothie: my breakfast each and every day.
My desk, my home office.
Ripley is having a mid-morning snooze…
The dishes I ignore for a as long as I can.
My son is the local newspaper boy.
Whipping up pizza dough for dinner
Dishes all done!
Dough is out of the bread machine, ready for a second rise.
5pm – wine time
A spare minute – might as well do some surfing.
This is Ripley’s favourite time of the day (Walk Time):
Wanna go for a walk?
Bedtime ritual #1: remove make-up!
Bedtime ritual #2: curl up in bed with a book.
(currently reading “John Dies At The End” and loving it. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. If you have – don’t spoil it by telling my what happens at the end…)
So there you have it. It may not be the most exciting photo-log of daily events…but they are my daily events….