If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know I’ve been battling myself trying to finish up the last book in the Secrets of Hadley Green, The Last Debutante (due Thursday! If not before!). I have discovered that in the last few years, deadlines get harder and harder to meet because I don’t want to. I don’t want to work that hard anymore. I mean, I do it, because my pride in my books still outweighs my tendency toward sloth. But I procrastinate in crazy ways. The last week I procrastinated in these ways:
I ran some errands for my family. It seems that my entire family needs me in the last two weeks of any deadline, and I can’t say no. So I go pick people up and take them to appointments, or I mail things for them. Whatever I can find that takes an hour or two and that I really don’t have time for.
I take on little projects around the house. Like…I decided to inventory my author copies because I couldn’t find one of my books that I needed. I don’t think I have ever “inventoried” my author copies and I quickly discovered it was a job. I don’t think I am going to finish. But I have about 20 copies of Dangerous Gentleman. Boo-yah.
I turned off the internet, but when I turned it on, I wasted some major time. More than usual. Here are some of the things I looked up on the internet this week: a) Cow paintings. What can I say? I like cows. b) Narcissim. No reason. Just seemed like a good time to educate myself. c) Lighting fixtures for my ongoing renovation.
I researched TV listings for Project Runway. I don’t want to miss that. And while I was at it, I looked up Say Yes to the Dress, The Olympics, and American Gypsies. I don’t remember now when any of them are coming on.
I think I am going to start reporting what stuff I look up on the internet to waste time just to keep me honest. I think I will do that today, because I have a book deadline, and it seems like the thing to do. What good is a deadline if it is easy?
How do you procrastinate? What are three things you looked up on the internet this week? What’s the last unfinished project you started in your house?