Ah, procrastination. Where would I be without you? Probably in my beach-side condo enjoying the fruits of my best-selling novel, stopping only to refresh my mojito and consult with my stock broker. But, alas you are a lemon tree. Generous in providing a constant supply of lemons for my lemonade making pleasure. Can I game the Lemon Tree? Can I actually use procrastination to my benefit?
Ways I creatively procrastinate:
Scenario 1 - I've been putting off starting a big project. I also hate doing the dishes. So, I decide that I only have to set up my project and get started on the first part. I get the project set up and all of a sudden, those dishes have to be washed right now, by gum. This works so well, that sometimes I'll pull out the big project even when I don't need to work on it, just to scare myself into doing chores.
Scenario 2 - I've hit a slow spot in my WIP. All of a sudden, that idea that has been percolating in the back of my head starts demanding attention. Write me now, write me now. In the past, I would just drop what I was doing and run after the new shiny. But, I've learned to seduce myself with the new activity. If I get one more page done, then I can procrastinate with the new idea. Then working on the new thing seems more like a guilty pleasure than work.
Scenario 3 - Reading. OMG, I love to read. You see the books I've read column? Those are only the ones I've finished. Multiply that by about four or five, to account for the ones I scanned or didn't finish, and you get some kind of idea of my literary appetite. *I used to finish every book I started, but if it doesn't do it for me, away it goes. Life is too short for sucky books.* When I'm in a big project, I limit my reading to books on writing and those in my genre (unless a book comes out by a favorite author, like today.) Go, Kim, Go.
That way, if the reading jones hits me too hard, I am still working. I'm reading about my craft or doing market research.
There are so many activities to choose from during my day. I try to keep a steady supply of profitable ones in rotation, so that if I'm running from one, I'm still moving forward. For someone like me, with a short attention span, it is a remarkably efficient way to stay on track.
What ways do you all have to creatively procrastinate?
Here's an interview with Ms. Harrison. Enjoy!