The basic gist is this: Procrastination. How often do we say or think, “Oh, I can wait to do ________ until tomorrow (or whatever time you put). Fill in the blank with whatever it is you’re putting off. For me, it’s been so many different things. I think we can all say that about something that we needed to do but didn’t feel like it so we pushed it off until the last possible minute and then it’s crunch time.
I admit that I have procrastinated a few times with my writing. I know it’ll be waiting for me so I can just put it off until tomorrow. The problem is I do that all too often. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the advice to write something every day, even if it’s just one sentence. If you do this you’ll get in the habit of doing it daily.
Two summers ago when July came around my procrastination buddy decided to pay a visit. I wrote a little bit but then I had a hard time concentrating. July has come to represent the time my daughter was in the hospital sick starting on July 1 and sixteen days later passed away on July 16. Her wake was July 21 and the funeral July 22. Even 4th of July has a different meaning for me now as I sat in her hospital room and watched the fireworks going off in some community celebrating while my husband and I had no idea that the next day would be the beginning of our reality changing. 4th of July meant we were still living our lives normally. We had no idea the tragedy being laid out before us.
So as you can imagine, July tends to not be my most happy month. Even as we approach the six-year mark next month, I know it’ll be hard for me. I’ll cry more often. I’ll think of her more often. Writing tends to shift towards me getting through the month, and that’s if I write anything at all. But that’s okay.
I started my goal to write about a topic or word for 365 days and post it on this site. I wanted to be more regular. My hope is that by doing this I’ll write something every day. It’s not been easy to do but that’s okay. I try to do my best. The bottom line is that whether I’m in the mood or not I still need to write.
So what are some of the things you’ve procrastinated about?