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Blogging and procrastinating
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a chronic procrastinator. If something doesn’t have a deadline, I’m likely to let it linger around and create a cloud over my head for days, weeks, months. I find myself generating deadlines all the time, just to make sure I get things done in a timely manner — a method that only works for as long as I don’t remember that the deadline is a manufactured one.
The thing about blogging, though, is that it’s a medium in which timeliness is key. Procrastinate on turning an idea into a post? Guess what — it’s not timely anymore. Somebody else wrote about it. Your little bit of writing is a cute afterthought.
I’m using blogging to try to make headway in the eternal battle against procrastination. When I tell myself I’ll jot down a note and do the actual blog post later, I try to catch myself and do the blog post as soon as I get to a computer.
I’m typing this post at 1:07am local time — and believe me, I really want to be in bed! But I had this idea for a post a little earlier, so I’m trying to make a point of putting it to “paper” right away.
My theory is that if I can train myself to not procrastinate on putting up blog posts, that I might transfer that mindset to other areas of life. I’ll let you know if I start paying bills before the day they’re due, if I start putting gas in the car before the low fuel light comes on, if I start returning that call right away.
If anyone else has noticed a link between procrastination and blogging, let me know!
Wed August 31st, 2005 1:10 am