I hate this word. Procrastination.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, procrastination is the act of putting off intentionally and habitually; the act of putting off intentionally the doing of something that should be done. The origin of the word is from the Latin - procastinatus - from pro (forward) and crastinus (of tomorrow). The word was first used in 1588.
So, you are probably wondering why I hate this word. I hate it because it is so easy to do. You know exactly what I mean. Right now I am procrastinating by writing about the word procrastination. What I should be doing is editing my book.
Oh, I can justify what I am doing now by saying that I already worked about six hours on my book today. I could say I worked on my three blogs today. I could say I did research for my book today to make it more authentic, but in reality, at this very moment, I am procrastinating. I know I am doing it. I choose to do it. And, just so you know, I do it very well. I am an expert at this.
Most people would not think I am good at this. Most people think I get too much done each day as it is. Some people think I spend too much time doing stuff like this and not relaxing. That's a word for another day.
I can list a million things I do during the day to procrastinate. But here are just a few:
- I play Scrabble online with friends (you know exactly what I'm talking about)
- I check my emails (I have five email accounts)
- I check my Facebook(yes, I have a Facebook account, but I will be honest and say I DO NOT read all the news feeds)
- I check my Twitter (I call this using social media to enhance my career, so I guess it's good for me)
- I play with my dogs (a stress releaser, but still procrastinating)
- I will walk into the kitchen at least a dozen times, thinking about what to make for dinner (then make nothing - I hate cooking)
So, how do I get my writing done? I maximize the time I do write. I know what I want to write, and then I write it. If you told me - you have until tomorrow at ten o'clock to get 5 pages written, not only would I have the 5 pages written, but I'd probably have 5 more done, just because.
This is where I would add another word I have been accused of being - over-achiever. This is a word for another day as well.
SO, as the year 2011 comes to a close - I can be honest - yes, I did procrastinate at times (well, more than a few times), but at the same time, I will admit I did make my goals. I wrote 2 complete novels, submitted to 16 contests, and have attended my meetings regularly. I even traveled to more locations this year than I planned. What's missing?
Publication. (definitely a word for another day.)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Let's welcome 2012 by conquering that silly word - procrastination - oh wait, I'll work on that tomorrow - it's not 2012 yet.