Jimbo’s Writing Tips : Fight procrastination with procrastination????

A year or so ago, I wrote a blog entry called “Laying out the Damn Pennysaver” and I talked about how someone could get a book published while working a day job and trying to have a social life…   Read the blog entry if you get a chance, but the short version is that if you write one hour a day at lunch, you will eventually have something complete. It may not be fast, but it will be consistent and the Tortoise and the Hare shows that consistency will eventually win out as the fast get tired.

I learned that method while writing my last book “Lost Boys of the Bronx – the Oral History of the Ducky Boys” and I am continuing to use it for my new (as yet untitled) book about people who have the unorthodox hobby of costuming even when its not Halloween…  See my blog at “You’re only as relevant as your next project” for more on that book.

Anyhoo, I was thinking about the Pennysaver article recently because I just started a two-week vacation and I was planning to do 8-hour shifts of writing to get ahead in my writing of the new book…  And yesterday, I ran into one of the big problems I had before my “one hour a day” method…   It is really easy to get overwhelmed with everything you want to do at once…  You have all these hours ahead of you that you “think” you’ll be 8 times as productive as you are during that one hour…It doesnt work that way…More time equals more time to procrastinate and do other stuff  (Facebook anybody?)   I’ll be honest this blog entry itself is just a way to avoid doing…   But since this is writing, I’ll allow it… And if it helps anyone, then its worth it…

My new plan to fight procrastination is to fight it with…. procrastination????     Meaning  have to have multiple projects going on (that are important to where you want to go with your life – and I’m not talking about watching TV or framing a Shazam! photo – which I did this morning)

Having multiple projects means that if you don’t want to do something on Project 1, you can procrastinate and do something on Project (2 or Project 3, 4,5 or 6).  That way your productivity increases overall, and you still have the feeling that you avoided doing something you didn’t really want to do at the time.  Then when you have to do the next step on the 2nd project, you can procrastinate and go back to the original job you avoided – feeling that you are avoiding something worse…

I developed this idea purely accidentally.   I just happened to have 4 big projects going on a year ago…  And I was the most productive during that time than I have ever been…  But I was also procrastinating a helluva lot too…  I was just procrastinating the right way…

Right now I have a list of 4 blogs that I want to write, I’ve got some interviews to catalog, and I want to start writing my introductory chapter for the new book.  Not to mention some household chores like the aforementioned low-priority Shazam! photo framing and a high-priority dentist appointment.

I’ve got the list of stuff to do, and I’ll be avoiding each one (except the dentist appointment) in good time.. But hopefully at the end of my two week vacation, I’ll have a butt-load done…   Stay tuned…

By the way, I’m trying out new “shorter” blogs – instead of my normally long-winded ones…. Let me know how you like…

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