Procrastination; or, Why Do Today What You Can Put Off Until Tomorrow

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot)

Short entry tonight, because I’m about to fall asleep…

Okay, I admit it. At 11:38 pm on 4/15, I was in my car, in line, at the post office, waiting to mail an envelope. No, not my tax return. An extension. Yes, I’m a procrastinator.

Although to be fair, I probably would have gotten it done during one of the weekends between the middle of March and now, if I hadn’t been sick enough to sleep through all of those weekends.

When it comes to writing deadlines, I procrastinate on those, too. I was late with an article for work recently, but after two weeks of staring at the data, inspiration failed to strike. I finally stared long and hard enough that I found my story, but it was a challenge.

On the other hand, I have had good luck with “speed editing.” Seems like the longer I take to think about it, the harder editing is. So in that case, procrastination actually helps.

How do others deal with writing and procrastination? Do deadlines help or hinder you?

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Aspiring author, sharing the tidbits I've learned along the way.
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One Response to Procrastination; or, Why Do Today What You Can Put Off Until Tomorrow

  1. Andrea says:

    In college, I was notorious for waiting until the night before a term paper was due to start writing it. So many times I was up until 3, 4 am pounding out an 18-page paper that should have been finished weeks before. The problem was, I tended to get the best marks on those last-minute jobs. Very rarely did this blow up in my face, so I did it often. So I guess my answer is that deadlines stress me out but when I am up against them, I tend to do my best work.

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