“All we have to do is decide what to do
with the time that is given to us”
Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
I am a planner. I’m great at making lists, creating charts, and designing schedules. I’m not so great at sticking with any of them. Last year, in August, I made a beautiful homeschool schedule, bound and determined to follow it with my children. I filed it in a binder and set it, open, on our schoolroom desk, allowing for easy acess. The first and second week of school came and went before I looked at that schedule again. Don’t get me wrong. We had two very successful weeks. I had our basic direction laid out in my head and the kids learned a great deal.
The same is true in my work life. I write out to-do lists regularly. When I follow them, I get a lot of satisfaction from being able to cross items off the lists and I tend to be very productive. When I don’t follow them, distraction becomes an issue. Although I am very busy, I tend to tackle my priorities in an order quite different than expected. I like to call it productive procrastination. When a big project is afoot, you can guarantee that the kids’ toy bins will be uncluttered, old or too-small clothing will be given away and I will have the neatest, tidiest desk you have ever seen.
Here’s the thing. I want to be a writer. I read blogs about writing. I research possible markets for articles. I’ve even enrolled in a comprehensive course. The problem? Well, as you can see from my last entry, I haven’t been writing.
The Proverb’s 31 woman could not possibly have been a procrastinator. It’s obvious that she did not succumb to the distractions that we have today. Okay, so in her world there were no social networking sites, no email, no cell phones, and very little to read. Instead she worked diligently, reached out to others and earned respect from those whose lives she touched.
With God’s help, I am becoming more disciplined in other areas of my life. I hope to do the same with my writing. My short-term goal is to write 15 minutes a day and I’ve set my smartphone alarm to remind me.
Do you have an area of your life where procrastination is an issue? What can you do, today, to move forward?