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have a good number of bad habits. I smoke. I'm lazy. I can be avoidant. I procrastinate. I make progress where I can and accept my faults; we all have them. A subset of my chronic procrastination is beginning to bother me, though. I have this tendancy to not do something because time or motivation won't permit me to do it all in one shot. When it comes to a large task, I will delay doing it until I can allot the time or I'm forced by a deadline, rather than do it progessively in bite-sized pieces.

The area this is beginning to particularly bug me is with respect to writing. It's a task which requires a great deal of concentration for me, and yet something I think is important and from which I derive a great deal of satisfaction when the finished product is before me. In my case, it involves what some would consider an inordinate amount of time. This short entry took me 45 minutes to write, and it ain't anything special. Nothing forces me to write, so it often goes undone.

So, beginning today, I'm placing an arbitrary mandate on myself: a mid-year's resolution to write for at least one hour every day. No excuses, no bargaining with myself. I always have something to write, this is really an issue of discipline and laziness. I will no longer write when time permits, but every day, if only for an hour.

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Given my enjoyment of your stories in the contest, I dig this idea. Two thumbs up from me.

Aw, thanks. One thing I'm thinking about doing with my daily hour is editing some of those srs_bidness entries and reposting them here. A lot of the later ones are laced with too much meta and in-joke for a broader audience, but a few of the earlier ones, with some scrubbing, I think can stand alone.

Sounds like a good idea. I pretty much deleted every trace of my participation in the contest from my journal, except for the writing itself and even that when on a special filter.

That was one of the benefits of using a sock puppet; my journal didn't become filled with pimp entries, venting about Idol, or drawn out discussions about Idol in the comments of other entries. Before the contest I let my f-list be aware of my participation and let it be and invited them to friend the other journal if they wanted. I think I made two additional entries in this journal after Idol started; one was asking for support for naamaire that week he ultimately removed himself from the contest, and another was to get a little bump for myself in the polls when I was having a lackluster week.

See, when I joined, I thought the voting was only done by the people in the contest. I had no clue it extended out to friends lists and all that jazz. Had I known that, I likely would've gotten myself a nice little dummy journal to use. Ah well, live and learn.

that's a great plan, hope it works for you :)

Honestly, I wish I was in a position to devote more time to it. I'm going to attempt to do a minimum of two hours on days that I'm not working, but I'm not really making that part of the resolution. I'm not the most disciplined person in the world, so I thought I should keep the expectation I'm placing on myself a little low.

I'm the same way - only I'm still at the stage of procrastinating about making a resolution to write!

Oh, do I know what you mean. I've thought to myself for years that I should make a commitment to daily writing, but I have a general distaste for boundaries, schedules, and ultimatums. I figure that the obligations of living require to work a job for many, many more hours per day, sometimes when I'd rather not, but I do it anyway. I've always had a good work ethic, I've just never applied it to writing. I know there are days when I wont' feel like it, but I'm going to view it as a job. A one hour a day a job that has to be done, whether I want to or not.

Good luck to you! I should do something similar...I keep thinking "today, I'll write, not just report or bitch, but WRITE." So far, my journal is a testament to my own procrastination habit. And what a testament it is...

I have the same problem. I think of things I want to write about, but can't find the time in one big block to devote to it. Hence the commitment to write something every day, and not worry about not being able to finish it. As things finish, they finish.

Oddly enough, taking up cigars and writing every day sort of encouraged one another. Both started as once-a-week things, then both became habits in equal measure.

Good luck with the hour-a-day, if you stick with it I bet you'll find it's something you eventually want more than try to do.

I look back over things I've written in the past and frequently ask myself why I don't write like that any more. I've always made the excuse that I don't have the time. While it's true that I don't have the sort of time I used to have, I do have time. I came to the realization that I might not be able to sit down and churn-out something in 3-4 hours of consecutive time, but I could in 3-4 consecutive days.

for some reason, I would have never placed you as a smoker.

slate.com was running a great series on procrastination a few weeks ago...final determination: there really isn't shit any book or shrink can do to fix it. too bad we can't solve the problem with pills...THE AMERICAN WAY.

I've been smoking since I was 16. It's a nasty habit that one day I really should give-up. But hey, you only live once, might as well do that things you enjoy. In the end, you're still dead.

Besides, John Sacramoni was so fucking cool. Definitely one of the coolest on-screen smokers in recent memory.

Edited at 2008-06-22 12:43 am (UTC)

You mean the John Sacramoni who died of the cancer?

I've always been the type of person who smokes a pack or two in a weekend, then goes weeks or months without even thinking of smoking....I think the only time I bought them fairly regularly was in college, when I'd got through a pack every couple of days...but I would think that if one were driving for a living, it would be hard NOT to smoke...

I agree completely and I'm with ya.

Write On!

Girls just wanna have puns?

Can we be pact brothers? I should be writing more, but I ain't. Same with reading now that I think about it. It's all International Cricket 2005 and whatever Gordon Ramsay is up to on TV lately, due to extreme laziness.

The lack of entries from you lately has made my f-list seem so dark and troublesome. A pact it is!

I've never been the type who could read things in lots of small sections, a thus gave-up years and years ago. I know people who are content to read 5-10 pages whenever they get the chance and read a book over several weeks. I just can't do that. There's always something else I'd rather be (or need to be) doing with my larger chunks of time.

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It's embarrassing sometimes. Even writing a comment can take me a ridiculous amount of time, picking just the right words.

And this is why I raise my voice and turn all shrill when you criticize me for these same behaviors!

I offer them constructively, when you bemoan some lack of accomplishment to me. The difference here is that, I don't bemoan my flaw unless I'm willing to do something about it. If I'm not willing to do something about it, I simply accept it and don't beat myself up over it.

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