Sunday, January 29, 2012
Procrastination and the Joy of Deadlines
I'm a master of procrastination. I can find a million things to do before writing. The biggest problem with that is how much I love writing and want to be doing it all of the time. But for me, it comes down to a guilt issue. I feel guilty about spending too much time writing, despite my obsessive love for it. It really isn't about writing after all. It's about me. I feel guilty for spending too much time on me. That's why I love deadlines. With a deadline, I can bypass some of the guilt about me time. Writing without a deadline may result in a finished product but there was no real reason for this finished product to exist, except that I wanted it to be. A deadline, on the other hand, is like an order. I have to finish my project by this date imposed on me. I'm not doing something I enjoy just for my own amusement anymore. I'm doing it because I was told to. Deadlines are a joy to me. I don't always make them, but I try, and any written word is better than none at all.