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July 01, 2011

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Maureen O. Betita

I suddenly realize what I thought was procrastination, which you postulate as a path of hope...isn't what I do. When I put off, it's because I'm convinced it doesn't matter, I'm not going to get to it anyway, it's hopeless.

Well, mostly...

I need to shift my perspective!

Though, in the past, I moved to do things early because I was convinced if I didn't, I wouldn't get it done at all. Again...a focus on a lock of faith in myself...

Interesting! ;-)

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I think a lot of procrastination is due to dread -- we can make things seem worse than they really are -- that's the curse of an overactive imagination. LOL

But once it's "the last minute", we have to set our imagination aside and just get the darn job done! And it does require having a lot of faith in ourselves, and the way we do things. So yeah, toss aside that dread. It's not helping anything! LOL

Melissa

Love this line: If there’s anyone that knows how to ratchet up the suspense. . .it’s procrastinators.

I've been mulling over (procrastinating?)an overhaul of my first "completed" story and the big goal is to rachet up the suspense. As an expert procrastinator, it's good to know I'm qualified. LOL!

I do relate to the characteristic optimism of a procrastinator that TOMORROW the things that just confuse or frustrate me today will come together. And once in a while, just often enough to keep me renewing my procrastinator club membership, it does come together.

But procrastinators who write have a hard time tallying up and appreciating the number of first looks it took to make sense of one sticky motivation or plot problem. Which is a shame because I think procrastinators are very hard workers but they just don't know it. They take a lot of flack about wasting time when actually they are more like busy worker bees who happen to spend a lot of time in the field collecting what they need to make honey. :) And, according to some honey trivia, a honey bee must visit 1500 flowers to get just one load of pollen. Those lazy bees. LOL

Now, I have no idea how long it actually takes bees to make the honey (probably a long time, which ruins my analogy! lol)

Donna Cummings

Melissa, I actually read a lot of romantic suspense, and I learn a lot about tension and suspense, even though I don't write romantic suspense. And yes, procrastinators know a LOT about tension and suspense--so you are qualified. :)

I agree with sometimes you need to let go of things that frustrate you. It's amazing how many times I'm struggling with something and I decide to set aside until the morning. Then the next day it's easier than anything I've ever done! So we can wear ourselves out with the struggling sometimes.

I like being compared to those hard-working honey bees!

Maureen O. Betita

Sorry, I really have a different view of this. And it's pretty interesting... I have done the last minute stuff, but I tie myself into a total knot doing it and find I do better with the "I'm never gonna have the time I better start it right away and hurry NOW!" attitude. I always assume things will get in the way if I wait, etc.

Heck, I did book reports all summer in prep for the school year! LOL!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, no need to be sorry! We all have different views, and ways of doing things. It's fun to see what everyone else does. :) That's why some of us are pantsers, and some are plotters. LOL

I have tried to do things that far in advance, but then I change my mind, and find something I liked better. LOL So it's best for me to PONDER the possibilities for a long time, and then do the actual work later. :)

Maureen O. Betita

Don't get me wrong, I have procrastinated, but it always comes with dread and cold sweat... So, I do the stuff as early as possible... If I have seven days to do something, I'll probably do it on day 5 toward the countdown...and do my damnest to be done by day 3!

I'm not sure if it's a panster/plotter thing. I know with the writing I'm a major pantser... I would guess there are some things, other than writing, that sees me a plotter! ;-)

Donna Cummings

I'm a blend of pantser and plotter in real life too. :) Some days it changes depending on my mood, or even my energy level. And the amount of procrastination changes too!

Linda Poitevin

Woo hoo! Just what I've been looking for all my life: permission to procrastinate! Love the post, Donna, and LOVE the idea!

Donna Cummings

Linda, if you ever need permission for that, I'm your gal! I'm glad you enjoyed the post, and hope to hear that it increases your writing productivity. :)

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