Over three hours ago I sat down to write a story for this blog. Just 100 words. No big deal.

7 pm: Picked up a pencil and sketch pad (my writing tools). Realised I was low on paper. Spent 10 minutes ordering a new sketch pad online.

7.15 pm: Spent another 40 minutes browsing random junk on Amazon.

7.55 pm: Made a cup of tea. Checked email. Replied to emails. Organised emails into folders.

8.20 pm: Tinnitus irritating the hell out of me, so decided to search through YouTube to find the right music to block it out. Instead, watched a TED talk. Then another. And one more. Then watched some outtakes from Peter Kay’s Car Share.

9.50 pm: Finally found the right music. Pressed play. Laptop froze. Had to reboot. Accidentally put it into Safe Mode. Took forever to load back up.

10 pm: Made another cup of tea. Checked email. Replied to emails.

10.20 pm: Wrote half a sentence. Got stuck. Couldn’t think of the right word to use. Went to for inspiration. Got sidetracked by Word of the Day (purloin, in case you were wondering). Spent five minutes reading about the origin of ‘purloin’. Still couldn’t find the word I wanted.

10.30 pm: Stared at the half a sentence I’d written. Realised I’m too tired to write a story now. I’m really annoyed with myself 😦


20 thoughts on “Procrastination

  1. Mandie Hines says:

    This pretty much sums up my day. Everything I tried to accomplish was painful. I was able to get through it, but seriously, I think I could only sit at my desk for five minutes at a time. Plus, all day I’ve felt like listening to music, and every time I’d start a playlist, I’d immediately be annoyed by what was playing. Still haven’t found a good song. I managed to get a chapter edited, and started editing a flash fiction piece. Not really a productive day, but a little bit done is better than nothing.
    I liked your post, and since it was twice as long as the word count you were aiming for, I think it should count as a win.

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    • I’m glad it’s not just me! I find it easier to concentrate when I work in a coffee shop or library, but can’t really do that in the evening.

      But you’re right, I did get twice as many words on the page as expected, even if they weren’t fiction. Win. πŸ™‚

      Hope you found a good song…

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  2. I found it useful as its morning down here and you have given me reason to have a laugh…..I find those sites that have far too much on them can be so very distracting, You Tube for example….hours in your day sometimes vanish when you get caught up in things…..there’s always tomorrow you know… may find reason to purloin a tale or two….

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  3. You’re Welcome! I know what you mean! Sometimes it just hits you,an idea for a story. Other times it’s a long process. I try to choose the exact words I want to tell what I want to say. I hope it gets easier, better, and more rewarding, for you! Take Care! πŸ™‚

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