He had planned his day and then it all got sidetracked. He had poked around at writing but kept putting it aside. Things kept coming up; a phone call, putting out the garbage, cleaning up after breakfast, a coffee break, Shelby wanted out and in. It didn’t matter what it was he let it sidetrack him; after all, he had the whole day to write. It wouldn’t take long to write his blog and he had some great ideas. He decided to write when he took his lunch break.
The morning zoomed away. He made phone calls and booked an afternoon appointment. He researched a new prospect. He read a few articles and technical briefs about LED’s. He checked the clock a few times and suddenly realized it was 12:30. He decided to make a sandwich and a cup of tea. He felt very productive. He had to let Shelby out. When she came in he noticed it was almost 1:30. He had to get ready and drive to his meeting. He would write once he got to the coffee shop.
He got to the coffee shop about fifteen minutes early. He decided to write as soon as he checked his email. After answering several email the person he was meeting showed up. He didn’t get a chance to write his blog.
The meeting lasted longer than he had expected so instead of writing he got into his car and drove home. Traffic was light but he still got home later than he planned. He had time for a few email and to write before he picked up his wife. The email took longer than expected and he answered a few phone calls. He was late leaving to pick his wife.
After dinner he sat and watched a little bit of television with his wife. He decided to go to the office and write. Shelby was restless and went in and out a few times. He finally got to his computer to write and saw it was 9:30. He had just opened a new document when his phone rang. When he got off the phone Shelby wanted to go out again.
Now it was after 10p.m. and he was scrambling to write an article for his blog. Procrastination had knocked him off track. He got the article done but later than he had planned.
What do you do to overcome procrastination? I’ve noticed that I procrastinate quite a bit when it comes to getting my butt in my chair and writing. I start the day with good intentions but get side tracked. The only way I know to beat procrastination is to start whatever it is that I’m trying to put off.
All the best,