Several years ago I met Rita Emmett in Edgerton, Wisconsin at a book festival. We both presented there at different times, so I had the opportunity to hear her speak and to buy her book.
At the time, she gave me the push I needed in the procrastination department. Occasionally I pull out The Procrastinator's Handbook when I need another little shove. Like now. The holidays are over. I promised myself I would buckle down.
Here are a few of her words of wisdom and advice:
“The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”
“The mother of all excuses: I work better under pressure.”
“Obsession with perfection is the downfall of procrastinators.”
I've been using all the get-out-of-starting tactics she lists on page 49. Shuffling papers, surfing the web, playing computer games, doing an excessive amount of preparation instead of just getting the job done, talking on the phone, posting status updates...
Her book convinced me that I procrastinate mainly out of fear. Afraid that the words and ideas won’t come, afraid that I’ll write a really bad book considering the looming deadline, afraid that I can’t do it.
So I'm off to write.
What about you? Are you procrastinating today?