Just Do It ~ A Solution to Procrastination
Day 3 of 3

"Day's End", Late spring sunset, Shenandoah National Forest, Virginia. Click on Image for More Information and to Add to Your Collection

     If you’ve been following along, you know that in Day 2 of 3 of Just Do It… I shared my second day of “writing” my first blog. I put “writing” in quotes because, as you well know, I hadn’t written the first word, opting to get bogged down by all the technical issues, not to mention all the other obstacles I managed to throw down.  In this final part, I share the happenings that FINALLY woke me up.

     Day 3 started out like the first two, full of hope, but feeling the pressure of meeting my self-imposed goal.  I’m not writing yet, but I’m learning a lot.  The problem with the whole procedure was that the more I discovered, the more I felt like I had to learn.  It was a vicious circle like the first time I was on the World Wide Web….one place led to another, which led to another, which led to another and, before I knew it, I was completely lost.

     At this point, the whole process is very frustrating and self doubt is beginning to settle in.  Distractions are coming easily.  For example, as I looked around the room for salvation, I saw that my dulcimer music is scattered out all over the place.  I’d been meaning to organize them into a three ring binder for some time now and what better time to do it?  So it’s off to find a three ring binder and the hole punch.  Two hours later, that is one chore on the long list of chores that I can cross off my list.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, the sweet feeling of completing something….ANYTHING !  Of course, all that was kind of wearing me out and it IS a holiday so a nap is mandatory, then a movie, then dinner and before I knew it, it was evening and I STILL hadn’t written the first word.

     At this point, the mind begins to fight for survival.  After all, it IS a self-imposed goal, isn’t it?  So what if I don’t get it done today?  Who would know but me?  On and On.  Many of you have been there.  You know what I’m experiencing.  It was then that I received an e-mail from my friend Pam Hawley Grady that I mentioned in Part 2.  The e-mail started “blog…blog…nudge…nudge”.  Uh-oh….somebody besides me knows.  Now I’m in trouble. I forgot that I had shared that I was working on my blog AND, even worse, that I had planned to finish it by the end of the holiday weekend.

     It was then that I realized, I’M PROCRASTINATING!!!!  Now, I come by it honestly.  I put off being born for two whole weeks.  I’m a master at it.  A lot of it has to do with wanting to do something perfectly which, thank goodness, never stopped me from chosing a second career as a photographer.  Now my wife Myriam, God rest her beautiful soul (Myriam, unfortunately, passed away last October and you will hear more about her in future posts), was the exact opposite.  That woman could get more done in one day than most people could in a week.  She was well aware, and forgiving, of my weakness.  When I read Pam’s “blog…blog…nudge…nudge”, I could see Myriam’s smiling face, with a twinkle in her eye and I could hear her saying, with her beautiful Colombian, South American accent,  “Just Do It”

By the way, Pam……blog…blog…nudge…nudge.

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11 comments to Just Do It ~ A Solution to Procrastination
Day 3 of 3

  • *I* would know! 🙂

    I love the photos you have included in your posts.

    I have to add that Bruce has tolerated my nagging remarkably well and the whole process of his vision of the website was a fun experience. I was just the technical advisor – the end result is his vision.

    I am looking forward to daily blog posts. *hint, hint, nudge, nudge*

  • Jim Wallace

    This was fun to read. Bruce, I could hear your voice as I read the words, and I could visualize you in all those activities — or non-activities. The hardest part of any writing task is often just getting started. Now that you have started your blog, just keep rolling. You already have the advantage of all those wonderful photos to accompany your words.

  • Bruce, This is a great post and really honest description of procrastination and the creative mind. I also know you to be an artist who meets deadlines – so nudge, nudge, next I want to see you write about that.

  • Love the photos and it was very interesting to read. Okay, back to work. No, better check for the mail, then I need to go to the store…. I am NOT procrastinating, uh, really. ;-D

  • To discover that Bruce, my hero, is a procrastinator just like me…well, it’s unfathomable! It’s like reading my own mind. Kind of freakish, actually.

    So, how do you meet those deadlines?

  • We all have our strengths, Suzan. One of your’s is definitely organization, not to mention your wonderful photography! When you realize that….watch out!

  • I can’t even believe that you procrastinate, Robin. You have too many people relying on your to take care of their day.

  • Thank you Aletta. Thank you for the nudge to write about deadlines. It’s on my list. Any other requests from you all?

  • Thank you, Jim. Remember when I joined The Village Writers all those years ago? I wanted to put words to my photography. Wow! Talk about procrastination!

  • I wouldn’t call directing me nagging, Marian. The website, the blog, your vision as an artist yourself, would not have been impossible without you. You’ve been wonderful to work with. But, our task is not done 🙂 Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • You wouldn’t be trying to nudge me to write a blog on meeting deadlines, too, would you Suzan? Hmmmmmm….well, without writing the whole blog now, let’s say I’m driven by deadlines. I think a lot of us are. Being able to meet those deadlines goes back to preparation and experience, without ever sacrificing professionalism. In addition, yu have to take pride in what you do. Meeting deadines is part of that pride. I can honestly say that I learned a lot about that from Aletta de Wal at Artist Career Training . But, more on all that later, I promise.

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