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Monday, December 6, 2010

Procrastination Station - Next Stop? Facebook!

Why, oh why do I procrastinate?

December 2 - Writing.  What do you do each day that doesn't contribute to your writing - and can you eliminate it? (Author:  Leo Babauta).:

Day 2 prompt of the #Reverb10 writing project really hits home with me.  Perhaps it is an example of why I am completing day 2's writing assignment on day 6!?  What do I do each day that doesn't contribute to my writing?  First thing that comes to mind is...Facebook!  While Facebook has been a blessing to me ever since I signed up over a year ago it is a source of my procrastination especially with respect to my efforts in writing.  Specifically, those damn games!  I know, I know, what is a 45-year-old woman doing playing games on Facebook?  Well, I'll tell you (and here's where the excuses/explanations come in).  Farmville, Frontierville, Zynga Poker, and Bejeweled Blitz are my de-stressers.  They enhance my creativity (where oh where should I place my new gingerbread house?), strengthen my reading skills (does that guy have a flush or is he bluffing?), and create an outlet for me to be number one among my friends (or at least try).  Yes, these all sound like reasonable pursuits but, really?  I mean really!  Yes, I am guilty of playing games and I am addicted to Facebook.

So, an addiction is getting in my way of writing.  Yes, I could spend less time eating (another addiction of mine).  I could shut off Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The View, and All My Children (my daytime television addictions).  But, will I?  Could I? Should I?   Hmmm...let me think....let me write....Please help me eliminate these addictions which are disguised as roadblocks to my ACHIEVEMENT (see previous blog entry and writing prompt for December 1).

Okay, yes, I think I can reduce or try to control these addictions.  I can map out a schedule for writing time, Facebook time, eating time, and t.v. time.  Yes, it will take commitment on my part but that is what New Year's resolutions are for, right?

So, let me get a general outline of my time commitment to writing:

Monday through Friday:  5:30 a.m. to 10; 12:00 p.m. to 1; 2:00 p.m. to 4; 6:00 p.m. to 8. = 9.5 hours!
Saturday:  4:00 p.m. to 10. = 6 hours
Sunday:  10:30 a.m. to 1; 6:00 p.m. to 10. = 6.5 hours
TOTAL per week = 60 hours

60 hours a week sounds like a full-time job to me!  So, if I can really stick to this schedule I can make a career out of writing?  I guess the true test will be to complete a novel, find an agent, and get it published?  No problem, only every one and their mother wants to be a published author, right?  Well, we'll see.

If Snooki can publish a book, can't we?


  1. I'll be your first reader. Just make sure I get an autograph to go with it.

  2. Carolyn,

    I may end up being YOUR first reader at the rate you're going!

    Either way, it is great to have a supporter and to reciprocate the same support to someone I care about and admire...YOU!