Have you ever planned to write diligently, only to get swallowed up by the Procrastination Monster? Maybe you decided to finish an article, chapter, or blog post, but found yourself in a whirlwind of other important activities.
25 Ways to Procrastinate on Your Writing
- Clean the toilet
- Text friends
- More Facebook
- Shop on eBay
- More Facebook
- Shop for shoes at Macys.com
- More Facebook
- Walk the dog or cat. Or if you don’t have one, buy one. Or a turtle or slug
- Chat with Twitter friends about the weather. Rain, rain, rain
- More Facebook (or Fakebook, as my pastor says)
- Clean your belly button. Lots of fuzz these days
- Practice selfies. Again and again. And…again
- Text your mother to say how much you love her. Add a few ideas for birthday or Christmas gifts
- Make a banana split. If you don’t have the ingredients, go to the furthest store in the next city for ingredients. Take a cooler though.
- Call a friend and tell her how you don’t have enough time to write and wonder how people crank out books every year.
- Make plans to TP the houses of any writers you know who meet the criteria for number 16.
- More Facebook
- Text a friend from NCWA and ask her to go to coffee
- Meet the above friend at the Mother Ship (Starbucks) and complain about how you don’t have time to write.
- Play with your new phone or tablet or other device.
- Wash your bed skirt. Or if you don’t have one, shop for one – even if you’re a guy and hate bed skirts.
- Take pictures with your new device, while texting your writer friends about how you have so little time to write.
- Just a wee bit more Facebook. You may miss an hour of that one person you met twenty years ago at a candle party but didn’t like because she ate all the chocolate.
- Go online to find a Facebook Anonymous 12-step group for people addicted to Facebook.
Cherrie Herrin-Michehl is a licensed mental health therapist practicing in Woodinville, WA. Her ebook “Tooshie: Defeating the Body Image Bandit” was published June 2014. The book is a collage of humor, faith, and psychology.
Dear Fellow Procrastinating Writers:
As Cherrie illustrates, a sense of humor comes in handy when you struggle with procrastination!
However, more often, I’ve found reasons to feel stressed, frustrated, and guilty about my procrastinating. I’ve even called myself some mean names. Wasteful, foolish, disorganized, chaotic . . . . it hasn’t been pretty.
I’ve prayed about it a lot. I recently heard Holy Spirit whisper this to me:
“You are a faithful person. You want to be faith-full and you are. So, you can stop identifying yourself as a procrastinating person. That is not your true identity. It is a bad habit that you can break out of by remembering who you really are . . . who I say you are . . . and then choosing to live true to your real identity. I say you are faithful and peaceful and grateful.”
That’s how, with God’s help, I’m beginning to realize that I DO have what it takes to stop procrastinating by choosing to change the way I think about myself. I now realize my mistake in judging myself harshly by my performance instead of living out each day in agreement with God’s perspective about who I am.
By God’s grace-enablement, the gift of supernatural capability and endowment from the Holy Spirit to all believers,
I believe I am –
FAITHFUL – A faithful person desires and is able to be stay true to that which has been committed to them. Ephesians 1:1 (NIV)
PEACEFUL – A peaceful person is a peacemaker. A peacemaker opposes chaos, disorder, and disunity. A peacemaker brings order, harmony, and peace to their relationships, home, finances, work, environment, and belongings. Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
James 3:18 (NIV)
GRATEFUL – A grateful person appreciates and takes care of what they have been given, whether it’s tangible or intangible. They acknowledge their blessings and the Blesser and they live with a deeper-than-average awareness of His good Presence with them and in them. Psalm 100:4 (NIV) Psalm 107:22 (NIV)
Simply put, the take-away is this:
You may procrastinate, but that is not who you are.
You are not your bad habits, your bad choices, your bad experiences, nor your mistakes.
You are who God says you are. Period. I Samuel 16:7
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1
Who does God say you are?
Jeanie Killion, a blogger & pre-published author, shares from the overflow of her journey with Jesus. She’s found Him faithful through many “dangers, toils, and snares.” With her writing, Jeanie strives to help others draw close to God’s throne and access the Joy of His Presence, the Peace that passes understanding, and the Hope we have in knowing Him.