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 Read more